Here it is, another installment of long-distance running superstar Tim Twietmeyer's mile-by-mile CIM breakdown. We're finally getting off Oak Avenue....
Along Oak Avenue to Old Ranch Road
Topography: small rolling hills with a slight .2-mile climb before the five-mile mark. Asphalt is bumpy and cracked near the five-mile mark.
Tim's Tips: "By this point in the race, you're really looking forward to this left-hand turn (on Fair Oaks Boulevard) by the relay exchange. That's the first place you have a ton of people out yelling."
Sights: "Welcome to Citrus Heights" sign.
Oak Avenue Parkway, left on Fair Oaks Boulevard to just Copperwood Drive.
Topography: .2-mile rise at mid-mile.
Tim's Tips: "If it's a stormy day, you've now gone from a cross wind to a head wind, because the weather usually comes from the South-West. Just put your head down and deal with it. I tell people I'm pacing, 'If you're struggling a while, get right in behind me and try to rest for minute.' Look at the studies they did at the Tour de France. It's a 10-15 percent easier effort (cutting the wind by drafting)."
Sights: condos and apartments.
COMING TOMORROW: Miles 6-8, where some steeper hills challenge you, according to Tim.