Well what did I learn?
Pay attention to the weather and prepare for it AND every other thing that could happen. A poncho is NOT the best for a rain storm. It dropped rain for 10ish hours so yea that kind of sucked. The fog was crazy real zombie weather.
Spend the money on a good head lamp. Refer back to the first lessen.
Hike, Hike and Hike. I need to spend days hiking for hours not just running. I don’t want to be at mile 70 ready to drop or die because I lack the skill to hike with speed.
Start out easy. I understand what they say by “the race starts at mile 50”.
Anything that can happen just might happen. The rain got out of hand fast and God bless the RD and the team that held this race together. A river crossing got to be a real danger like let’s take some runners and maybe even a truck downstream DANGER. The Race team worked fast to hold the runners and find a way to divert the race. This made it 113ish miles in total BUT runners were able to finish what they came to do “get jeweled”. I hope and believe that everyone understands how hard it is to do something like that and have no hard feelings for it. Some runners got off course during this time and like I said God bless everyone involved with this event. Everyone was found, put back on course and given the chance to finish what they trained so hard for. This speaks volumes for this race and the commitment of everyone attached to it. Aid Station volunteers sitting in the rain for 10 + hours holding it together. Rain coming down so hard at times, wind blowing everything they have over, having to chase down runners and gear. Not only did they hold it together but were still able to make it a great event. As I sit here eating pizza and drinking a beer I can’t help but think what the RD and the race team has going through their heads right now. The event is over for us but not them.
OK now let’s get with the getting.
|Chris at the river.|
|Just a little watter|
|Nick making some lunch|
Total time from my Garmin was 7:59:57. So 4:30:36 out and 3:29:20 on the ride back not quit the 3 hour return I was looking for but extremely happy considering the conditions.
When I hit the finish they told me that there was a sandwich in a box if I wanted it. As I’m stuffing my face a guy pulls out a camera and takes a picture and all I could think was “really? You’re taking a picture now?” Well hell. I told everyone thinks and started walking back to the FJ. One of the men yelled “do you want your award?” O cool we get something? The race bag was sweet and we got a great zip up hoodie AND now I get a finish award “hell yea” I replied. He yelled back and told me “you see that van driving away? Better catch them” so I took off as fast as I could chasing this van down. I thought I just ran 35 miles and now I’m doing a 100 yard sprint for some finish award. I just stopped and looked at the guy and yelled “really?” hoping he was just joking with me. “YES it’s in the van” I just looked down and said the hell with it. I came for a good run and learn some stuff and I got that in spades. I was more than happy and now I just want to take a shower but just then the van turned around and drove back to me. O HAPPY DAYS O HAPPY DAYS. It slipped her mind that the awards were in her van. I’m sure the problems with the flood and course reroute and all the tents blowing away the last thing on her mind was the box of jewels.
Everyone did an amazing job. Phyllis got first female in the 35 mile race, Rachel, Angela and Katie all finished the 50 miler with some extra miles. Nick, Bryan and Annie did a great job crewing and pacing Jason to his fifth 100 mile finish. Got to see a lot of Ultra friends. All in all a great event and a great weekend spent on the trails. I will be running this bad boy again. Maybe the 100 if I do get a wild hair up my butt.