The timing could not have been better.
As soon as I mentioned the seemingly cool temperatures Saturday during a Facebook Live session near the finish line of the Quad-City Times Bix 7, one competitor appropriately interjected:
"It's hot if you're running," a panting Phil Young said, dripping with sweat. "It probably takes five or six minutes to feel like normal again."
In his 19th Bix, the 31-year-old, who owns Fleet Feet Sports in Davenport, finished the 7-mile road race with a time of 37:48, landing him in 53rd place in the male division and 55th overall.
As he hydrated in the Quad-City Times parking lot, several of Young's friends, customers and former classmates congratulated him on his result.
During the race, Young, whose heart rate was "through the roof" at that point, said he does not have time to socialize. It requires "tunnel-vision" focus to block out the commotion along the course, he added.
"I feel torn because I want to interact with the crowd," he said, "but it's a race, and I'm running hard."
Not long after crossing the finish line, Young left the scene for a cool-down jaunt with a group of pals.
"I'll tack a couple (miles) on, so I don't feel terrible tomorrow," he said, noting the additional mileage helps prevent his muscles from locking up on him.
If you missed the action on race day, go to this story at qctimes.com to watch our Facebook Live footage from the 43rd annual Quad-City Times Bix 7. Reporter Jack Cullen captured numerous scenes around the course, from the firing of the starting gun to Beat the Elite runner Joy Ripslinger's victory at the finish line.