The title says it all. Man what a shitty end to this years Trail Mix 50k. I was pretty happy with how the first 2 1/2 laps went but man the last 1 1/2 laps sucked big time.
The weather was great and the footing dry for this years race. I was unsure how the race would go as I felt I did not get in enough longer runs coming into it. I like to have about 2-3 25+ mile runs before running a ultra. Now I did have many quality 20-21 mile runs but I knew a 10 mile increase would be tuff on me. I wore my heart monitor so I could keep myself in check as I wanted to get a solid run in but not one that was to hard on me. I did good with this aspect of my race as my average heart rate was 144 with a high of 164. My laps where 1:00:39, 1:00:00, 1:04:54, and 1:20:04. My pace slowed a bit about half way through the 3rd lap. It was also at this point that I could feel my growing start to hurt some. Now as a guy who has hernia surgery 2 years in a row I was not happy about this. I figured back off and get to the finish line without killing myself to much. Now the overall time and place was not what I was hoping for but it is what it is. I just need to stay positive and keep training hard up till Grandma's marathon in 9 weeks. I might cut the next 50k in May down to the 25k but we will have to see on that after some time passes. I will say I am not to happy that I have run personal worst at both races so far this year. I guess it is what it is.
You can find lots of good pictures from the race at skinny ski.com