Golgi Body wrote:
Interesting that he's run Santa Clarita 9 times without a sub-3 on that course. That includes 3 times he's "run" it since he started breaking 3, often by healthy chunks of time. I wonder if there is a logistical problem on the course that causes his slowing, and if so, why he keeps doing the race and sullying his reputation as a reliable sub-3 man.
If you look at the Santa Clarita splits for his Meza, he always slows down uncharacteristically after the timing mat at 21.5 miles. At least, that's what happened in 2013, 2015, and 2017 (I haven't checked the others).
Hmm. I looked at the Santa Clarita marathon map. At 21.5 miles, the course is on the opposite side of the river from the finish. There are only two nearby roads to cross the river: McBean Parkway (which the marathon crosses at mile 25) and Bouquet Canyon Road.
There must be some logistics problem with riding a bike across either of these two bridges that forces Frank to run all the way in from the 21.5 mile mat. I'm guessing McBean would be out because he'd be riding along the course for about a half mile. Too many people might recognize him. I can't see any reason why he wouldn't ride across Bouquet Canyon Road, though.