I did it. I finished a 50k in 8:24:24.5. I’m happy and damaged. The conditions were the most difficult I’ve ever faced. I took care of some unfinished business. Last year I signed up for the 50k and had to drop out after the second lap. 144 people signed up for the 50k race, only 69 finished all three loops.
This is the best nutrition I’ve ever had for a race, and I took nothing onto the course. I relied completely on the aid stations and I’ve never been happier. They had my favorite brand and flavor, Hammer Gel Apple Cinnamon. I had peanut butter and jelly wraps, which might be the biggest reason I came back after my first attempt at this course. I had Coke and 7Up, and maybe my new favorite drink, Heed! On the last lap, I even had a cup of noodles and broth! I couldn’t be happier with these aid stations.
I was dressed properly. At the start of the race, I was concerned about not having enough clothes on. I was dressed perfectly. I was wet from head to toe, but I was warm. Well, my toes took a bit of a beating from the cold. I had to take snowballs out of my shoes after the first lap. I also managed to step in the water on the third lap.
After the noodles, for most of the third lap, I was hearing things. I kept hearing footsteps behind me. Several times, I turned around thinking that I heard someone trying to pass. Nobody was there. My mind was really playing tricks on me. One time I heard the footsteps so close, that I moved to the side to let them pass. NOBODY WAS THERE. I knew what was happening, I knew that my mind was getting the best of me, so I didn’t panic. It’s something I’ll not soon forget though.
I actually walked away from the race feeling pretty good. Perhaps its because I took ibuprofen and acetaminophen between the laps. When I got home, I saw the damage that was done. The next day, I really felt the damage, broken and limping.
Race photos. These guys were awesome! The best race photos I’ve ever seen, free or paid, and these were free!