Ice Age 50 Miler--May 12, 2012"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt" --Margaret Atwood
What better time to start blogging than with Patagonia as my new sponsor and a win in Wisconsin at the Ice Age 50 miler! This was a solo trip planning to make it a quick race weekend for some Montrail Ultra Cup points (having DNF’d Run Rabbit Run, I was in need of a 3rd race, hence WI). The course profile…rolling hills nothing crazy. Based on this I set my stretch goal as a CR sub 7:11:43, hell why not! My second goal was to beat the masters record 7:17:07(sorry Meghan) and my 3rd goal was sub 7:30. Race day arrived and I over slept my 3AM alarm, thankfully I awoke to my second at 3:30am. Thankful as my DP (domestic partner) back in Bend also slept through his 1:30am pst alarm, he was my security phone call!! Yikes! Although I still had good time to prep I had a little extra adrenalin coursing through my veins.
I arrived at Kettle Maraine Park at 5:15, plenty of time to pick up my race bib, #50. I actually looked at the other runners to verify that my #50 was my bib # and not 50 for the race I was running….what a dork!
|Sandi Nypaver and I chasing down the leader|
|Charging hard for the finish|
I reached the next AS at mi 40 and turned around heading back to the previous AS. No watch but figured when I saw F2 I had put about a 4 min gap on her. I kept pushing the pace and while not feeling fast I knew I was running faster than F2. I hit AS at mile 43 looking for my drop bag and turns out that it was MIA…I left the AS with my almost empty pack. At that point I concentrated on taking smaller sips from my hydration pack and drinking at the AS’s. The last AS was 1.5 mi to the finish, what a great feeling! I drank some coke and off I went. Overall I was feeling pretty good, still trotting the hills, and passing some of the guys : ) As I came up the final hill to the finish my eyes went immediately to the clock, 7:12 and change...finishing in 7:12:37, F1 and 11th overall!!! Super great feeling! I will be taking home the win along with some extra Montrail points : ) Added bonus...turns out running sub 7:20 at Ice Age also qualifies me for consideration for the 2013 World 100k team, what an amazing day!
Next up....The Big Dance in June!