Really I treated this as a long run more than a race. I got lost twice for a total of 10-12 minutes on the way out. Stopped for 5-6 minutes to watch a big horned sheep. Stopped and took about 20 pictures and generally had a blast. On the way back I turned up the intensity. Until I ran out of water....not exactly sure how it happened only 12 miles from the aid station (mile 37) but I'm assuming I didn't fill up the bladder completely at the station because I didn't see or feel a leak. I rationed myself with a little snow until mile 44 when I crossed a stream. Filled up my bottle then and there.
I finished with a huge smile on my face. My goal coming in was to try and run sub 10 hours. Ended up with 10:02. No biggy though. I was happy with my effort and exhilarated by the course. It was almost sensory overload for someone like me! I think I'll come back to this one. It currently stands as the most beautiful course I've ever run
|Heading up Hyalite Peak|
|Rock cairn and looming switch backs ahead|
|Much of the race there was no trail...just rock cairn to rock cairn|
|Big horned sheep and I hangin on the ridge|
|Checked her out for 5-6 minutes...loved it!|