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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:56 pm
Post subject: Crown Point Invite - 5K- 3.1 Miles


My team had the opportunity to race against six other schools at Lemon Lake--3 miles from Cedar Lake. Ask Bushy...he lived around here.

The course itself is the challenge. 3.1 miles of muddy, hilly terrain that requires the upmost effort to run on. Most of the race is on slanted ground, the first mile consisting of entire uphill. The second mile is flatter as you run around a couple baseball fields and park, the third about the same as the first. It is the toughest course I have run on, and the one everyone fears. But racing it makes you feel like you do anything.

My father brought the camera and took some good shots. It was his first time he went to see me race, after I had race about ten races last season. Funny how five-bypass open heart surgery may make you want to see your son race....or maybe its because he has nothing to do off work. Either way I love him.

The first shot is of us stretching. I am the one with the Dumor hat smiling at my dad as he finally found me. My co-captain, Alex is to the left of me looking at me. He is our best runner, and my inspiration. Alex and I are captains and two of the three seniors of our team. We have two, since our team is rather large compared to some. I was elected in my second season. I feel honored, and up to the task.

The%20second%20shot%20is%20about%20400-500%20meters%20in%20the%20race.%20We%20have%20just%20gone%20up%20the%20main%20monster%20hill,%20and%20are%20turning.%20Alex%20is%20ahead%20of%20me%20by%20a%20two%20meters%20as%20I%20am%20rounding%20the%20turn.%20I%20am%20desperately%20trying%20to%20keep%20up%20with%20him%20for%20the%20first%20mile.%20He%20eventually%20loses%20me%20after%20the%20first%20mile. Much%20of%20the%20second%20and%20third%20mile%20are%20hidden%20from%20the%20audience.%20My%20dad%20could%20not%20get%20any%20more%20shots%20after%20the%20first%20mile%20until%20the%20last%20800%20meters.%20We%20hit%20the%20main%20hill%20once%20again,%20and%20now%20you%20do%20everything%20you%20can%20to%20hold%20your%20position%20until%20the%20finish%20as%20you%20go%20up%20and%20more%20inclines.%20 The%20last%20120%20meters%20is%20the%20last%20stretch%20of%20guts.%20Everything%20you%20have%20used%20up%20in%20the%20ferocious%20race%20is%20forgotten%20about.%20You%20find%20your%20self%20throwing%20everything%20your%20heart%20can%20pump%20into%20that%20last%20stretch.%20You%20race%20a%20good%20race,%20Dan,%20don't%20let%20anybody%20pass%20you%20at%20this%20finish.%20But%20a%20Hobart%20kid%20surges%20past%20me.%20I%20can't%20believe%20it.%20I%20have%20the%20quickest%20leg%20speed%20on%20the%20team%20according%20to%20Alex%20and%20this%20guy%20passes%20me.%20I%20have%20only%20twenty%20yards%20to%20go.%20Normally%20there%20is%20no%20time%20to%20pass%20someone%20who%20has%20just%20passed%20you.%20But%20I%20instantly%20thought%20it%20over%20and%20in%20a%20split%20second.%20My%20heart%20pumps%20pure%20adrenaline.%20My%20stride%20lengthens,%20I%20scream%20inside,%20and%20I%20am%20kicking%20as%20fast%20as%20I%20can.%20 The%20gap%20closes%20slowly.%20I%20push%20it%20harder.%20We%20are%20inside%20the%20chute.%20It's%20about%20fifty%20feet%20to%20the%20line.%20No%20time%20left%20Dan!%20Do%20it.%20I%20get%20to%20his%20shoulder,%20we%20bump%20a%20little....until... That's%20about%20a%20a%20few%20feet%20from%20the%20line.%20I%20pass%20him%20by%20a%20foot%20length.%20The%20closest%20it's%20ever%20been.%20I%20stop%20behind%20the%20next%20runner,%20breathing%20heavily,%20stumbling.%20Everything%20is%20a%20blur.%20The%20heart%20is%20still%20racing%20at%20190%20beats%20a%20second.%20I%20make%20one%20desperate%20yell%20at%20the%20official,%20using%20as%20much%20clarity%20as%20possible,%20so%20I%20don't%20have%20to%20repeat%20myself.%20The%20next%20official%20gives%20me%20a%20place%20card.%2029.%20I%20realized%20I%20had%20just%20beaten%20the%2030th%20runner%20by%20a%20few%20tenths%20of%20a%20second.%20He%20calls%20at%20me.%20Says%20his%20name%20is%20Anthony.%20I%20tell%20him%20my%20name,%20Dan%20Moser.%20We%20shook%20hands%20and%20he%20tells%20me%20I%20did%20a%20great%20job.%20I%20thanked%20him.%20I%20could%20have%20never%20found%20that%20inner%20last%20strength%20without%20him.%20%20That's%20the%20last%20I%20saw%20of%20him.%20A%20great%20sportsman.%20One%20of%20the%20best%20I%20have%20seen.%20Probably%20never%20forget%20that. The%20next%20photo...a%20few%20seconds%20later.%20I%20approach%20my%20dad,%20ammonia%20cloth%20in%20one%20hand,%20water%20soon%20to%20be%20chugged%20in%20the%20next. He%20smiled.%20I%20think%20he%20just%20realized%20this%20is%20a%20very%20demanding%20sport,%20maybe%20a%20little%20different%20from%20my%20brother's%20little%20league%20games%20hehe.%20I%20tell%20him,%20yeh,%20that%20was%20a%20tough%20course.%20Two%20team%20mates%20meet%20with%20me.%20I%20find%20out%20soon%20after%20they%20were%204-6%20seconds%20on%20my%20back.%20I%20knew%20they%20were%20close%20and%20I%20thanked%20them%20for%20pushing%20me.%20We%20take%20a%20quick%20photo.

One of my best friends, Kyle from West Virginia, is in the middle, can't say enough what's it like to have a great friend like him, and Brian is to the farthest right, a new freshman who is very good. Has a lot of natural talent. I envy him sometimes. I'm not built like some of the great runners. My body is more of a football and wrestling type. Brian has the natural build and he will go very far if he works like he will. Very proud of him.

We are all tired at the end of the race. I feel liked I worked hard today. I need to work like that even more. I have to even learn to push harder if I want to reach my goal, to run almost the entire race with Alex. I have just 6-8 weeks. I am going to make them count.

Oh yeh, almost forgot. 83 runners ran this race, and I placed 29th at a time of 19:36, best I've done at this very difficult race. Felt good for that.

"Well, I gotta go...Yeh I'm running out of change"

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:24 am
Post subject: Re: Crown Point Invite - 5K- 3.1 Miles

Great story Moser and I know Lemon Lake area very well and have been there myself many times...:wink:

Congrats on your run!!! Well done!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:38 am
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Congratulatons! I have some idea how you feel as Mrs. Ascout did the San Diego Rock&Roll Marathon this year in 3:35, which qualifies her for Boston. She was mega-jazzed!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:21 pm
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Oh wow, a marathon. Not trying that for a few more years lol. That's long! run. Impressive numbers though, Ascout! Tell her I said congratulations for that fine performance at San Diego.

Cool, Bush, I didn't even know if you knew Lemon Lake was even there...I just took a guess.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 4:43 am
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I lived in Cedar Lake for a few years before moving to Lowell for several more years. Great area with it's recreational lakes (hence the name..lol), growing community, flea markets (you know how Bush likes a deal..lol) and hunting and fishing. My wife and I used to fish and hunt all those areas as well as the Kankakee river at the Rt 41 bridge area (LaSalle fish and wildlife area)... Wink

Speaking of the Kankakee river. We used to go to the Regata boat races in Kankakee Illinois every Labor Day weekend, which isn't far away (distance or time wise). If you get the chance and you like watching racing boats, park in the college parking lot and go see the races. The 'mod unlimited' class is something you'll never forget...

Wow Ascout, congratuate Mrs. Ascout from all of us here at CC!!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:22 am
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Congrats!!!! Moser I run every morning at 5am a mile an a 1/2 trying to get 2miles lol havent quite made it yet but I will get there without pushing it, your dad done very well with the pics. very nice thanks for sharing them. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:05 pm
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Coinceidentally, nice shorts Wink

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