This is my longest trail run/race to date. I thought I ran a very patient race even though it was slower. The first two miles were really backed up so the pace was dragged down to about a 15 min. first mile. In the end it helped me with energy management. The last five miles were really challenging with some long climbs through the power lines away from the lake.
What would you do differently?:
Now that I know the course and the layout I would've jockeyed for a slightly faster outbound pace to miss some of the congestion. I also mistook the finish thinking it would return down the same road. It didn't. All of a sudden we are coming out of the trees and there it was about 100 yds away. Not much time to kick it in.
Got my medal and some water. Then drank a serving of Endurox. Cleaned up and we drove back to town. Nice chicken salad melt at Thumbs Up!
What limited your ability to perform faster:
level of fitness for sure. Still carrying about 14-15 lbs since IM Florida last Nov.
My only complaint is the start. With a 500 registrant field I think the time is right for waves. Otherwise, nice volunteers. They need more drink stations and be a little better prepared with water ready. I think they got swamped and then were behind. But they smiled and were very patient. Overall a good experience.
Last updated: 2011-01-10 12:00 AM
Dirty Spokes Productions
50F / 10C
Overall Rank = 258/500
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 107/19
Drove to Ft. Yargo early and hung out in the Blug Lagoon waiting for things to gel.
Walked down to the start.