The buses were kind of slow getting up the canyon for this one, so things were a little delayed. As we milled around at the starting line, somebody blew an airhorn which apparently was the go signal and after a few seconds we all figured it out and went. The first 1.5 miles of this one are brutal downhill, I almost broke my mile record without even trying (missed it by 1 second) at 4:35. Second mile hits flatter stuff, got a 5:02. I was passed in the second mile by Skylar but he seemed a little irregular, like he was trying to find a pace. I told Justin as he passed me like a metronome in mile 4 to go get him :) Things were pretty warm but I managed to keep them in sight until mile 7, then I was just getting way too hot and the legs felt dead from the first two miles. I think I have to keep it over 4:50 to go the distance.
Anyway after mile 7 I just decided to relax because it was so hot and there was nobody even close. I walked all the aid stations and enjoyed the run through the neighborhoods, then suddenly the high school was right there and I boogied in for third overall. Not the greatest time but I'll be a little more conservative at the start next time.