Emily and I arrived at 5:30pm at the Sedalia Center and quickly setup our tent in the grassy field that surrounds the center. After we set everything up we went to the pavilion and got our race numbers and a few slices of pizza, which was cooked by a mobile Domino's pizza trailer all while a Bluegrass band was playing. We decided to retire early so we could get a good nights sleep. It turns out I though I packed everything we needed but I forgot the sleeping bags. Doh!! We were lucky that the temperature only fell into the low fifties. Our alarm went off at 5:45am and we began getting our gear ready for the 7am start. Emily and I agreed that we would each run our own race as we had separate race goals, I was shooting for 6:50 and Emily was going to run based on how she felt. We ran Holiday Lake 50k together and truth be told I could have gone a bit quicker as Emily was still in her base training phase and struggled in the later miles. Right before we went to the starting line we bumped into our bunk mates from Holiday Lake David & Joanna, we traded some race stories and I am sure we will see them again at Promise Land 50k in April.
|All smiles before the start|
|steam crossing before Camping Gap AS|
My nutrition game plan was to take in 200 per hour, in which I would switch between EFS shots & Vitargo every thirty minutes and taking one S!Cap every hour. I have recently been experimenting during my training runs with Vitargo and found that this product, which moves through your GI track very quickly and reduces bloating, helps me increase my caloric intake without having to eat fifteen to twenty GUs throughout a race. I mixed six scoops of Vitargo into a twenty ounce bottle, which came out to 840 calories, and carried my two EFS shots (each have 400 calories).
More downhill running ensued until I came into the Goff Mt Road aid station, there a volunteer came up to me and asked if I was alright as I was limping into the aid station. After Goff Mt Road aid station I started the second climb of the day, probably the easiest, making my way up to the Hunting Creek aid station (for the second time). During this section I started to feel better and my legs were getting stronger as the miles passed, but it was short lived as I left the aid station and began to hardest climb of the day, my hip pain became worse. I knew then that I would just have to grind out this race.
The climb up to Camping Gap aid station (for the second time) was not particularly difficult, it was a nice jeep road and I could get great traction, but I still couldn't push off very well with my right leg. In this section I implemented a run/walk strategy but I wasn't making very quick progress and I came into the Camping Gap aid station in 3:55.
Next I made my way through the WOR (White Orchard Ridge) loop which was this cool jeep road that turned into a nice double track trail that lead to the top of the ridge, this is where I punched my first orienteering punch (to make sure everyone made the trek all the way to the top). Then it was back down to the Camping Gap aid station for the third and final time.
|Climb up to Terrapin Mt|
|Fat Man's Misery|
Thanks to Clark Zealand and all the wonderful volunteers that makes this race a must do!!!
Shoes: Montrail Sabino
Hydration: Nathan 1.5 Liter Backpack and Amphipod handheld
Nutrition: S!Caps, EFS shot, Vitargo
Shorts: Zensah compressions shorts
Shirt: Tech T-shirt, UA Heat Gear long sleeve shirt, and light rain jacketGaiters: Dirty Girl Gaiters
Watch: Garmin GPS 310xt
Extra Pictures from the race
See ya on the trails,