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Few runners know the CIM course as thoroughly as ultra-running superstar Tim Twietmeyer. Tim is one of the few elites (he recently qualified for the World Ironman Triathlon championships in his first time out at age 50, by the way) who can relate to middle-of-the-packers, and he'll be leading the 3:35 pace group at the CIM.
Recently, we drove the 26.2-mile course with Twietmeyer riding shotgun and providing mile-by-mile tips on what to expect, what to avoid and how to deal with the challenge.
Today, it's miles 2-4:
Along Oak Avenue Parkway to Casa Roble High School
Topography: A slightly more challenging uphill roll at the 2.5-mile mark, but it flattens out before the high school.
Tim's Tips: "What's cool about this part of the race is that you've got a lot of neighbors who come out early to watch the run. So enjoy that. They've got their cowbells going and coffee to stay warm."
Sights: Cheerleaders at Casa Roble High
Along Oak Avenue Parkway, crossing Hazel Avenue to around Beech Avenue
Topography: Flat until a decent rolling rise at Hazel for .2 of a mile.
Tim's Tips: "This terrain until Fair Oaks (Boulevard) is easier, so you might want to put a few seconds in the bank. You'll give it back in middle part of this next segment. If you don't you're going to have to really push to maintain pace in difficult terrain. It may not kill you there. But at Mile 20, you'll know you left a little too much back behind you."
Sights: Park on the left and horse stables on the right.
COMING TOMORROW: Miles 4-6