Just to rub salt in the eye of an already challenging week, I've come down with a nice headache, stuffed up, sniffling, scratchy throat damn cold. So the intent of my race has shifted to "run 50k on Saturday" instead of feeling competitive. Whatever. On the brighter side, I have a meeting in the city today with a company that is pretty exciting and could make things interesting, so that's a good thing.
Back to Way Too Cool 50k
Some of the people who will be competitive are:
Leor Pantilat -
The course has been tweaked yet again at WTC, so course records are a dime a dozen but watch for Leor to go under Uli's 3:18 time for the win.
Gary Gellin -
Gary is on a roll and has been shredding some shorter races lately, including a 2 hour flat win in our Chabot 30k (18.4 miles) trail run.
Those are my top two picks. I'd be here all day trying to predict the top 10, so I'll just throw out names of guys capable of having a top 10 day.
Caitlin Smith -
Caitlin seems healthy and sharp, coming off a 50k win a few weeks ago.
Jennifer Pfeifer -
Jennifer just won our Chabot 50k (true 50k at 31.5 miles) in 4:14 a couple weeks ago. She'll be pushing Caitlin and could surprise her for the win.
Darcy Africa -
With her heavy focus on climbing and mountain running last year, it'll be interesting to see how she does on a fast course.
Rory Bosio -
She runs hot and cold. Knows the course and should run hot.
Certainly, I missed some people. Looks like it's going to be beautiful weather and the course will be fast. Hope everyone has a great run.