My first trail race! Craig picked me up around 7am and we drove to Kelly Canyon Ski Resort (start and finish) to check in and get ready for the race. Our plan was to run easy and for fun to enjoy the weather and scenery. Lots of locals that we know (about 50 25k, 30 50k who started earlier).
Craig and I ran together for the first few miles, trading places with a few other runners. At mile 3 I was in around 6th place. Just past mile 4 when we got off the single track onto the road I passed a guy to get into 5th (this guy dropped I think). Climbed up a bit and fell around mile 5 on a steep downhill on scree. Ran down to Table Rock campground (mile 7) then back up the hill (lots of walking!). A bit more of a climb then a good downill back to the lodge before monster climb up the face of the ski hill! 17+ minute mile and some confusion on which way to go. My ITB starting to talk to me around mile 10.5 but got better once I was back on runnable trails on top of the hill. Passed 4th place at mile 11 and was running strong to the end of the out and back turn around (saw 1st, Erika, running strong, Brandon, 2nd, walking and Brett, 3rd walking heading back). I kept running strong along the return and picked it up on the 2 mile downhill to the finish. Very steep and loose rock, but passed Brett with about 1/2 mile to go. Finished 2nd male and 3rd overall. OK with the result.
This race in NO WAY would convince me to give up road racing for trails. I like the consistency and peace that road racing has, not this up and down in pace and aerobic stress of trails. Glad I did it to get in my first trail race though.
Done racing for the year! (Xodus)