Hey J Hey,
Maybe the best advice comes from Matt's course description:
.... The "forced" slower start amidst a sea of other bodies may just be the best way to avoid paying an expensive price — in the form of exhaustion - later. After the canon goes off the race starts just like any other, and just like any other the first minutes are the most important. Now is a good time (and the only chance for a long time) to look up at the Peak and ask yourself if you can hold your current effort for the next 2 to 6.5 hours ....
In response to:
I sometimes read this race advice: Focus on maintaining the same level of EFFORT throughout a race. The context may be: Don't focus on pace (time) per mile.
The idea seems ok but:
1. I don't know what my ideal consistent level of effort would be (especially for Pikes Peak), &
2. At any point of the race, I don't know whether I am putting forth that level of effort.
Is anyone able to take that advice and act on it? Or is it the equivalent of "Try hard" and "Do your best?"
Thank you for all message board comments and for the race management maintaining the board for us.