It was refreshing to be done with that long, slow, hot climb. The shade and downhill on the Trabuco Trail was just what my mind and body needed. Then I got to the Horsetheif Trail and the fun and games were over. Time to hike again, in the hot sun. A couple weeks ago I ran the whole climb, no problem at all. Today I walked the entire climb. Near the top of the climb I looked back and saw Jesse, still just a couple minutes behind me and looking way better than I felt. Well, at least I led the race for the first 26 or so, hopefully I'll still get 2nd or 3rd. Made it to the Horsetheif Aid Station and was stoked to see Dean Dobberteen as he filled my bottles with water. Since it was warm and I was drinking a lot, all the sugar from my Gu brew was getting to me, should have diluted it a bit when I was making it. Slowly kept running on the rolling, rugged Main Divide fire road, wishing Jesse would just pass me and get it over with. Strolled into the Trabuco Aid station again and got a little water for the short descent back into the Bluejay Campground and the finish, which I crossed just a couple mintues before Jesse.
What a sick event! Once again Keira put on a great race: awesome aid stations, cool race shirt, unique medal, and tons of other swag, including some new Ink'n'burn shorts to replace my ripped ones:
I couldn't believe how many friends and running acquaintances were at the race! It sucked to see so much carnage, Harald cutting his leg up much worse than mine and having to drop. Katie getting sick and dropping, hope they both get healthy soon.
|Top 6: Jorge, Dom, Me, Jesse, Michelle & Tom|
I'd like to thank my sponsors: Drymax's Maximum Protection Trail Running socks held up flawlessly. My FLUID recovery drink was the first thing I grabbed to drink after the race, and my new Rudy Project Sunglasses were super comfy and worked perfectly.