Being more than a year since the last time I joined the BTR Tuesday tempo run, I thought it might be fun to hook up with these shorter distance speedsters. It was a turnout of 10 folks. I ran a bit over three miles to get to the start, at Dowdy Draw. I timed my arrival almost perfectly and only had to wait sweating in the heat for maybe five minutes. We exchanged pleasantries and confirmed names, though only remember the three guys I recognized from runs last year.
The warm up ended with a slight pause at the trail junction not too far past the bridge and we were off with three guys off the front like rockets. A quick dip and then the jagged climb to the ridge. I was running fairly conservatively and listening for the folks around me to get to a point of heavy breathing where I knew they were pushing the edge and realized I was actually practicing racing, something I don't do normally. This forced a smile on my face, confirming that I'm interested in showing up for races ready and with intent.
The rest of the 4.1 miles of the tempo portion I just bounced between easing up and launching to catch others, more of a fartlek run for me. I cruised it in to the finishing spot hovering in last place but happy with my control and energy. After goodbyes I made my way off to other trails along Flatirons Vista and Marshal Mesa for another 10 (17+ total) miles. I'll easily hit 80 miles this week, then taper through next week with no more than 30 miles leading into Saturday and tagging along with Tim W. at Leadville for 50.