By the way - in fifteen minutes I'm off to Pot Sticker King for some of those calories! But not before grabbing a pearl or two.
The target pace I chose was too aggressive considering the hip injury, sinus infection and the irregular training I experienced since the Woodside 50K. I was healthy and ready to race on Saturday but a more experienced competitor would have opted to start a little slower and finish faster. This is exactly what Jon Olsen did to great effect. I probably should have run 1:54 for the first 23K and in so doing I might have been able to give Jon a little more competition and finish closer to 4:09.
Loop 1 01:10
Loop 2 01:13
What went well:
- I hydrated well and used the first half of the race to fuel with gu every 30-40 minutes which helped.
- I'm happy that I was able to run 4 hr pace for the first half of the race and while I fell off that pace I didn't blow up completely.
- The hip injury (torn hip flexor and pulled glut muscle) was gone by race day.
- Muscle soreness in the last half of the race was much worse than in previous races. This is most likely due to the pace of the first half and the lack of consistent mileage for the three weeks prior to the race
- I need some injinji socks. Let's leave it at that. The rest of the race kit was great.
- Sunscreen. I usually never forget it but did on Saturday.
- Consistency is critical to maintaining my race fitness. Even a few days off put me behind the competition.
- More mileage will be crucial to compete with someone like Leor Pantilat or to be competitive in some of the bigger races like Ohlone 50K.
- I love trail racing! Something new around every corner.