Needless to say, road training didn't do much to my horrific performance back in 2010. I learned a lot from that experience and decided ultra and trail running was just not for me. I moved on to other things like triathlons, including Ironman, and road marathons. The road was nice to me.
Shortly after finishing my second Ironman, I signed up for my 2nd ultramarathon. It's as if by 2012 I had completely forgotten of the nightmare that Red Hot was back in 2010. Regardless, I was cautious and picked a course that seemed "easy" despite the fact that there's nothing really easy about running 50k. I had a great day. That encouraged me to really research the races I'm committing to... I learned that was the only way to be successful.
After a great year of races in 2013, I found myself going back to Moab to run Red Hot last week. What had I gotten myself into? While dealing with an injury the 3 weeks before the race, I didn't really have time to focus on the race, but rather, I was focused on getting better. All of a sudden, it was go-time. I told Kev and Court how hard this course was although apparently I didn't emphasize. The thing is, I wasn't sure if I had just had a horrible day and was incredibly unprepared or it was indeed a hard course... so I may have said it lightly once or twice.
Saturday morning we drove to the start line bright and early only to find Anton Krupicka and Joe Grant along with Jenn Shelton; not intimidating at all. Gee.. I was running alongside some serious rockstars. Geoff Roes was there to run the 33k.
|At the start line|
|Views from mile 10. Cool to see how much we've climbed (Yeah, start line was by the road way down there)|
The second half is when I started getting flashbacks from 2010. Luckily, I was in great shape this time around. I made the 22-mile aid station. The highest point on the course and took a second to catch my breath and realize how much I've improved over the years. I continued on. "It's all downhill from here" was something I heard often, and it was a big lie. It was mostly downhill, but on slick rock. And there were some big obstacles here and there.
|Small obstacles on slick rock: steep hills.|
Just like that, I found the finish line. Surprisingly 1h51m faster than in 2010. And this is without much training due to my injury. So... while my words in 2010 were: "Never again", now I wonder "What if I train better?" My plans post-TransRockies are a bit up in the air... and there are some things factoring in on my race to-do list, but if we're still a family of 3 (dog included), and no one else is on the way, you may just find me toeing the start line one more time...
And this is for Lindsay- "She never gave up". Literally.