Jarrett said I couldn't go under 17:15 right now so I HAD to do this. Well... I guess I technically didn't go under 17:15 but holy crap, hottest race I've ever run! On the warm up decided it was just a race ftw because a race for time would have been suicide. Heat index 105 at race time. Knew it would just be a race of people going out at a pace they couldn't maintain in the heat, so I hung back for a while, gradually moved up as the heat set in for the eager beavers, and took over 1st for the last mile FTW. Something like 5:50-5:40-5:45 but ended up winning comfortably, 20-30 seconds maybe? We'll see. Won a mini pinata and a margarita glass #Arriba! Fun stuff!
What can I say, ain't nothing good about the time but it conditions were grueling so eh, could have been worse. While everyone else was doing sprints and stuff at the starting line, I was the dude rubbing ice all over myself. That's cool, right?
So this race was all fun and games but I will say this, it felt good holding back and knowing I'd win in the first mile. It was my first glimpse of confident racing since XC. Fitness to follow soon...