July 5, 2022

Race Recap: 5 Peaks Cypress Mountain

Finally, a second crack at a 5 Peaks Trail Running Series course. Last year, I ran Cypress as my second trail race ever. You can read all about that here. My one goal was to improve my time. I haven’t been lazy, I knew I was capable of doing better at 5 Peaks Cypress. Here’s how it went…

What a difference a year makes…

These two photos were taken at the same spot of the race, just before the big downhill with all the slippery rocks. We went from no view to infinite views. It was a joy to finally witness what we missed out on last year. This year was hot and dry compared to last year’s cold and wet. I would’ve probably welcomed the cold part but without the fog. This awesome weather messed with my head though. No fog meant we could see clearly how much hill we had to climb, and it was a lot.

How Did I Do?

I ran the 5 Peaks Cypress Sport Course again and I only beat last year’s time by about 2 minutes. I was surprised and disappointed because I thought I performed better. A larger gap just wasn’t in the cards. Could it have been the heat? Maybe, I am not a good hot weather runner. Could it have been fatigue? Maybe, I kept up my mileage for the week. I sound like I’m making excuses for myself but these are factors that could affect my performance. The heat, in particular. What I did notice was that I had more confidence going downhill. Previously, I had lot of trouble going down the last big hill because of all the slippery rocks. This time, I chose my lines better and made it down the hill at a seemingly faster time. I also ran more aggressively in the last kilometre or so. My final time was 1:12:46. I hope that I will get it closer to the hour mark next year… or maybe I will try the enduro course instead 😛

Photo by Rob Shaer Photography

Cuski, on the other hand, was peer-pressured to start in the first corral. I’m not sorry, I knew he was a strong enough runner to do it. At Golden Ears, he placed 8th in his division and 48th overall. In this race, he finished 8th in his division again but improved to 39th overall with a time of 54:51. I’m very proud of him and I can’t wait to see what result he’ll come up with in Whistler next month.

Photo by Rob Shaer Photography

Would I do it again?

Yes! I need to get better and up my game to the next distance. Race management for 5 Peaks Cypress is awesome and so is the event itself. Great courses, lively on-site presence, great random draw prizes, excellent swag (we got headphones), and an amazing crew of volunteers who made sure we didn’t get lost and kept us well-fed during and after the race. Thanks for another great time and see you at Whistler.

I reviewed 5 Peaks Cypress on BibRave. Did you run this race? Add your review and share with other runners what you thought of your experience!

Race photos courtesy Rob Shaer Photography – Rob is graciously donating 50% of this season’s net photo sales to benefit local search and rescue groups. Thank you for being awesome, Rob!

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