|Hoodoos on the Thunder Mountain Trail|
|Mounted excursion on the same trails|
|Pink Cliffs, the morning of the 2nd day|
At the turnaround point for the out and back (2/3 of the course being done), I had some time before the cutoff, so I felt fairly good about my chances of finishing, despite the fatigue. Made the best of the cool night air. In the morning, the heat returned before too long and I went back to the ice-on-the-neck routine, though after a couple of hours of that, my neck rebelled against so much icing, and I had to give that up. As the stomach decided to get queasy again, I started to rely more on liquid calories in the "Gnarly" mix that was being offered in the aids. I experimented with it a bit in training, though what they had for the race was a different version with more calories and according to the claims, aminoacids. It went down alright, not the tastiest option, but it kept me going for the last few hours when not much else seemed to work well in the heat.
- "Trail toes" ointment + Xoskin socks. Two pairs of socks were destroyed but no blisters despite all the dust and heat!
- Shared some miles with some people, but made the right decisions to go ahead when they slowed.
- Drop bag planning -- had a backup for night arrival at the early station in case pace slowed
- Early faster easy miles was the right call, I didn’t feel destroyed by that and banked time
- Moved forward fairly well in cooler temps
- Ramen noodles went down pretty well most of the time, except I think I ate too much of them the first time
- Spent less time on wasteful thinking about how much distance/climb left at any given time.
- Poles seemed to have worked fine for the most part.
- More liquid calories went down easier towards the end.
- Combo of Ultraspire waist light and a headlamp worked great, both lasted through the night, though being almost summer it was a short one.
What needs improvement:
- My subjective feeling is that I spent way too long at the aids. I need to go back and calculate the time, and work on ways to improve:
- Drop bag organization was haphazard, need to make things more neatly separated and accessible.
- Sit less
- When approaching an aid, have a better plan in my head for what to grab/etc.
- My stomach went to hell in the heat the first day, and a little bit the second. Not sure how to train for that.
- I did something with my vest cords such that I could no longer stash the poles properly in the last 3rd, but carrying them wasn't that big of a deal I guess.
- When switching from warmer layers the second morning, I did not take my light shell with me, and it rained later. In harsher conditions that could have been a big problem.