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This was also the first weekend of Open Carry in Texas and Papa John had no problem with that as we all lined up for the start. My two athletes racing were Garrett and Derreck who are brothers. It was a cold 35 degrees. The first mile was a super slow start about 6 or 7 of were kind of bunched together until we started putting in surges to get a gap. Then it became down to Garrett, Tomas, and I. We kept working throughout with several other surges thrown in to get Garrett a gap but then we would catch back to him. At the 2.5 miles I caught back to Garrett and told him "You gotta go", I didn't know know how much longer I could I keep Tomas back. Sure enough, Garrett opened up a huge gap but Tomas soon took off after him, dropping me. I thought I was done, but I was able to get back up to Tomas and slow down again. Finally, about 3 miles going up a long gradual hill I could hear Tomas breathing quite hard behind me and that's when I put my last surge in and made my last effort as we went 1,2, and Derreck finished in a solid 5th.