Saturday was the fourth Grand Prix race and gave us the opportunity to win some bread. Literally. Great Harvest Bread Co. is the title sponsor and gratiously gives out bread and cookies to the Top 5 Men & Women. Obviously, both Chad and I were hoping to be lucky enough to snag some delicious bread and cookies. While warming-up, we ran into Meagan Nedlo who confirmed that the lure of Great Harvest Bread was too much for her and she would be toeing the line. Although Meagan is awesome and I enjoy seeing her on training runs, seeing her on the starting line isn't enjoyable, because it simply pushes everyone back a spot. Nonetheless, the top 5 would be getting bread, so I was still well in the mix!
|Fast men can't pose. I think Chad is the|
only one looking at the camera.
From the gun Chad realized he was in the mix for a top 5 spot. John and Paul had shot to the front immediately, with Vincent and Jim trailing, leaving Chad with Billy, Michael, Richard, and Mike. By halfway through, it was a nice pack of Chad, Billy, and Richard (sound familiar?) chasing Jim and Vincent, who were slowly coming back. They tracked down Jim at the 2 mile marker and Richard put in a big surge to try and drop the pack. Chad was still feeling pretty good, so he matched Richard's surge and put one of his own in coming up the last big hill, and finally passed Vincent with about 600m to go. Crossing the line in 17:05, Chad grabbed third place overall, for his first Grand Prix podium spot! Very exciting.
Although the times weren't blazing fast, this course is hilly and has lots of turns, so it's not exactly fast times material. Chad ran a really smart race, racing the people instead of the clock. Fifteen seconds separated third from eighth. It would be great to see that group finishing!
|Chad finishing with Richard,|
Vincent, and Billy in hot pursuit.
This was the first race where Chad placed better than I did, which I have to admit was a bit odd. But I'm really proud of how well he ran. He continues to get faster and I'm excited to see what he can do at the end of the summer when we finally get onto some fast courses.
We now have a week off of Grand Prix races and a long weekend coming up. I'll be taking a week off of racing. Chad is, as always, a game time decision. So many races, so few open weekends!