I personally started at 5:49 pace and tried to click up the speed every minute, but with some folks starting at 5-minute pace I was way back in our field. But even at my speed I had a hard time seeing who exactly was near me, but I could see my position in the event and as I ran faster and faster, I slowly reeled in a few folks. In the end I crossed the line in just under 15 minutes clock time (15:24 event time) and that was 9th place in our heat, and 22nd place overall out of 173 total starters. But I was totally gassed. Matthew Spooner was fastest on our team and he finished 7th in the heat and 11th overall in 14:42. George Darden was right on his shoulder and finished 8th in the heat and 13th overall in 14:53. I apparently passed our leader Matt de Freitas late in the race and he ended up 11th in our heat and 24th overall in 15:30.
The German JSPO Tri & Running team finished 1st, 3rd and 4th overall in 12:47, 13:03 and 13:15 with Ruben Schleidner, Finn Martley and Tom Buchholz, making them the top Atlanta team and the fastest team overall. The British NoblePro Jarvis Bear team lead by Adam Holland grabbed 2nd, 6th and 7th place overall and they are thus the second ranked team in Atlanta. Rob Davies and Matt Rees were the other 2 athletes who scored for that team and their times were 12:49, 13:35 and 13:41 respectively. But these event times are with the dreaded “no man’s land” time added on.
Our Team Storm is the 3rd ranked team in the Atlanta division, but that is just today, and we will have to see how the next few races will shake out. It is still possible to register for the Zwift Running League but all the registration has to happen through the WTRL.RACING website. So grab some friends, or reach out to other athletes you know and create a team, and we shall see each other on Zwift. Below is what defines each speed category and more details about the team formats can be found here.