By about 1:15, my favorite male elite (American Meb Keflezieghi) separated from the guy he was near and was completely solo through 1:30. By 1:45, he'd crested Heartbreak and I was starting to worry about my job because by then, my boss was in the office. I had the door to my office shut, but tears in my eyes and probably some little squeels, every time they announced how far back the chase pack was from him. Right around 1:57, he only had the lead by 20 seconds and 2d place was gaining -- 2d place who I hadn't predicted. OMG!!!! So intense! 2d and 3d were in sight, but in the end, Meb won it! By about 10 seconds!!!!
For the women, my number one pick was Rita Jeptoo (but of course an American would be great, so I was excited for Shalene before she got dropped from the pack of 8 in Newton). Right around 2 hours, she broke from the pack of 5 and she dominated.
So by 2 hours into the women's race, I'd called it. And by 1:20 in the men's same thing. If only I could channel some of my prediction abilities into harnessing some of that speed!
But even when Rita and Meb were finished, I've got a couple more hours of tracking my friends.
Going to be a fun day! Amazing elite races.