|6 hours after finishing Zion. I think I was out cold after typing two wordzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.|
Though I'm very unhappy with my result, I'm pleased with the finish. I can honestly say that I pushed as hard as I could right to the end.
Race Director, Matt Gunn truly cares about the races he organizes and it shows. There are definite changes that could take place and I'm sure he'll tweak the process as he learns. Overall, he does a tremendous job with the race.
Big thanks to Jill for coming with me and diligently crewing me throughout the long day (and then driving 6 hours to Grand Junction the second after I finished). I deeply appreciate all her hard work over the weekend!
Thank you to Mary and Dennis for taking good care of Pippit and their kind friendship. I value you both very much.
|Dennis and Mary|
Shirts: GoLite, Patagonia, Asics
Shorts: Pearl Izumi Elite
Shades: photochromatic Rudy Projects
Shoes: La Sportiva C-Lite 2.0, Nike Lunarglide, old Hokas
Socks: Wright Socks, then compression socks later
Race vest: Nathan
Fuel: VFuel (then stomach went bad with so much ibuprofen, so nothing over last 10 hours)
Sharp strain in left quad
Left knee pain and swelling
Left Achilles strained
Left ITB pain
Both ankles, feet, knees swollen
Entire big toenail detached after smashing it into edge of slickrock
Lips cracked and bleeding from sun/wind
Digestive system out of whack
Left hip/glute sore
Nose raw and bleeding
Slight depression and inability to think clearly
I don't fall into the category of people who swear they'll never do another 100 and then soften their view over time. I typically think fondly about my next 100 at mile 80 of my current one. Not this time. I didn't enjoy myself at any point and just sort of was going through the motions. Seeing the effects on my body today reinforces my ongoing belief that running 100s is not healthy. I have the Leadville 100 to get done but after that I'm not certain I'll ever run the distance again.
Hoping the warmer spring weather continues (considering it's nearly May), so I can continue my training. Next up in two weeks: 18 Hours of Fruita MTB Race. I'll be riding that one hard to make up for my shitty performance at Zion.