Club Challenge

It’s a silly little race.

In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t count for anything.

No one peaks for this race.

It’s supposed to be fun.

….but, we’re going to win.

Since 2009 when I first ran the RRCA Ten Mile Challenge put on by the Howard County Striders, Falls Road has won the overall co-ed team competition, and several times has won the male or female team competition as well. This race has become a friendly competition amongst the area training groups. It has also become a rite of passage within our own team. It’s a tough, unforgiving course, both in the elevation profile as well as the time of year. Ryan likes to rally our troops early and get everyone especially excited for this race. It is one of the few times throughout the year we can race as a team in a local event.

This past Sunday our team had 22 runners out training on the course, some of us shown below:

We were at many different levels of fitness, and it definitely showed. But you know what? We were the only people out there. And even for those at the back of the pack, it felt good to do it. It felt good to see no one else but our own team out there, minus a few old men who gave us confused looks as they ventured out to walk their dogs.

The secret to winning that we’ve had for the past few years isn’t hidden in any training plan or book: it’s preparation. You either want it bad enough to prepare for it, or you don’t.

I have a funny feeling that in another 4 weeks we will know what team wanted it bad enough to put in the time and prepare:)

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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