Sweet. Maybe he was waiting for you to drop and be breakfast.
Racing those sections was hard. I wound up racing a guy who had just barely beaten Alex and he was saying "damn that chick is fast" to which I responded "and she's pretty competitive, too." I think the fact that pretty much everyone there is competitive, at least on the right side of the racing, keeps you going hard. Fun. After.
The owl was just 40 minutes too early. We were there for the picking by the end, nobody moving too fast.