Leading up to that race, I set eight prioritized goals and accomplished the top two. Leading up to this year's event, I'm already thinking hard about my goals and the accompanying strategy to achieve those goals.
This year's goals are pretty much the same as last year's:
- Beat my PR (22:29)
- Beat Funny Mike's PR (22:28)
- Beat Martini (22:15 in 2009)
- Beat fourth place in my age group
- Beat everyone in my age group
- Beat everyone of the female persuasion
- Beat everyone else in the field
- Beat everyone else, ever
I've been training on the biggest hill I know of, getting faster and stronger on the descent, flying down and then trying to maintain that pace over two flat miles and saving enough power to climb back up to the top of the hill. That's basically my plan on race day.
The first mile is about a half-mile downhill followed by a half-mile uphill. The second mile is mostly downhill. The final mile is mostly uphill. This being my fourth consecutive year participating in this race, I feel like I know when to push and when to conserve.
I'm going to bomb down the hill at the start and do my best to keep up with Martini. I'll try to hold my ground during the half-mile uphill and then try to keep my pace consistent as I save my strength for the final uphill. As long as I keep Martini in my sights, I believe my kick will finish him.