Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Tahoe Super Triple 2008--Day 1

At the Finish with Blue (Day 1 Winner)

Today, I had the pleasure of joining about 100 runners for the 8th annual Tahoe Triple and 3rd annual Super Triple. I ran a great first marathon, finishing in 3:23. First in the Super Triple and third overall in the Regular Triple. Last year, I ran my fastest time on this course (3:45), so I surprised myself by shaving more than 20 minutes off of my Day 1 PR without going out of my comfort zone! Of course, it helped that I did not run a 53-miler a week before, like last year. By the way, good luck to all the RDL/SNER runners (Michael, Jean, Mark) this weekend!

Chuck "Marathon Junkie" Engle was on pace for the new record, but had some stomach issues around mile 13 and had to slow down, finishing in second place in 3:12. Hopefully he will recover so he can finish the Triple. After we iced the legs in the lake, we all went to Sprouts for a great lunch (Nachos and a juice called "The Whole Damn Garden").

Warming Up at Inspiration Point
The Annual Group Picture
The Four Triple Runners Who Have Run All 8 Triples
Ryan Flynn, Back for Another Triple

Vista Points Everywhere
Race HQ: Angel's Truck

With Chris at the Start

Blue (right) and Chuck Engle (left)--first and second respectively--warm up

Les Wright, Ready for the Shotgun Start

Runners Take Off

On the Bike Path, Chasing Ryan Flynn

Chuck Engle Fly-By

Runners Head Down the Highway
Chris Provides the Water

Blue Flies Down the Hill

South Lake Tahoe

Turns Through Town Were Marked Really Well This Year

The Crew Takes a Break

Cave Rock (Mile 20) Marks the Start of the 1000' Climb up the "Hill from Heaven"

The Tunnel

The Last 3 Miles Feature a Relentless Climb

Finshed in a New PR: 3:23

Mandatory Leg-Icing with Chuck Engle, Blue, and Ryan Flynn

Next Up: Eat, Sleep, and Line Up for Day 2 Tomorrow at 7:45 in the morning.


Chihping Fu 傅治平 (超馬阿爸) said...

Awesome time on not-so-flat marathon. Was waiting this report. Hope you recover super fast for tomorrow 26.2 miles and sleep well for the mid-night start of the 72 miles!


Gretchen said...

Nice job Peter, that's an awesome time! Sending you good vibes for the rest of the weekend...

SnowLeopard said...

Wow Peter! Congrats on the personal best! Good luck mañana with your next marathon. :)

vicky said...

Dear Peter,

This is your third Tahoe Super Triple.We are cheering for you in our hearts and sending you the best vibes. May this fantastic experience bring you special memorable moments forever.
You are truly awesome.
Many thanks to the wonderful crew and friends Rebecca and Chris. We all know how wonderful and supporting they are, and how you really could not do without them.
Best wishes to our friend Troy I don't know if he his running this Marathon due to a flu,but still good luck to you and your supporting wife Zimfira and her wonderful refereshing teas.
Peter we send you all our love.
Vittoria,Sean and Rocky.

I say "try"; if we never try,we shall never succeed.
Abraham Lincoln

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