I was not happy about the tide coming in. Low tide was around 4:00pm, two and a half hours before the 6:30pm start. I've finished races in the past where the tide was coming in but I don't recall starting one with the tide this high before. Everyone had to deal with it though and the winners would be those that handled the soft sand best. The weather conditions were warmer than the first race but still wasn't too bad. Air temperature was 80 degrees and the humidity was up but wasn't too high. There was going to be headwind coming back though. I prefer a headwind going out so you can battle it while you are fresh.
I lined up at the front and tried to stay out of the rising tide. The gun went off and I was out fast. I went out faster than the first race so I would be able to run in the what little good sand there was. David and I were running side by side from the start. He was leading the 5K and I was leading the 10K. Mike opted not to run the 10K and chose to run the 1 mile with his daughter Lilly. You can miss 2 of the first 6 races and still win an overall or age group championship.
I went through the first mile in 6:17, only a second slower than my first mile from the first beach run this year. Aside from the soft sand and little room to run near the water, we had to jump over a trench some kids had dug for a sand castle. It was a pretty deep trench and went in a semi circle. We also had to run under some fishing lines from people fishing. You can't see them at all running down the beach because they blend into the sky. We startled one fisherman and he said, "What the hell is going on?!?" And I replied that we were having a beach race. Tourists, God help him and get 'em off my beach!
The sand conditions were getting worse on the way back. What little strip of sand near the water to run in going out was now gone or chewed up from all the other runners. It was a struggle but I had a big lead over my friend Dean who was in second place. I ran miles four and five in 7:00 and 7:18. I didn't feel that the headwind coming back was slowing me down, but rather the horrible sand conditions was the cause.
The good thing is I won. Now I am just two wins away from clinching the overall championship. I don't have much hope of the sand conditions being much better next time since the forecasted low tide is 4:20pm. That means the tide will be coming back in making the sand soft and not leaving any packed in sand to run on. The officials must have not have paid much attention to the tide tables and charts when making the schedule this year.