By: Kimon Papahadjopoulos
Silver Strand Half Marathon 2016
My recollections as I wait for my flight...took the Ferry back with Ryan and Carly. Always end a race with a Ferry ride, and best start it by skating from the Hotel to the line.
Very exiting and challenging race today. Weather was a perfect 65 degrees with little wind. Pretty sunrise with a few clouds. Seemed like a big field at the start, and I started on the front line to the far left with Jens, Chris, Ryan and Rob.
It started off fast enough but not crazy, until the first right a minute or so in. Strong acceleration on the short downhill as I had been warned, and the extra breaths I took in anticipation seemed like a good investment. Then attacks by Team Simmons and Wes Gandy, with Ryan, Chris and Jens Bridging at times, or Gandy or Team Simmons (Fedak, Chrissler, Bell, Kirby) covering each other.
I was around 20 skaters back. Lots of attacks, but it was taking some time to get my motor going, and so I was more than happy to follow and be conservative. Though there were some questionable skaters in front of me, there were also some strong skaters like Kirby, so it didn't seem too risky.
It became clear quickly that the opposing fire power was enough that attacks by me would be dangerous and likely futile, so conserving energy and picking your spots seemed to me be a good bet.
Chicken Anderson ticked a skate and fell alone right behind me. Steady boys... Rob, who was getting over being sick and with half a lung was hanging tough up there. Peggy was still around I think as we...