Sunday, April 21, 2013
North Coast 24 Hour Brief
Here's the short version: managed to pull off a win in the women's 24 hour in the most bone-chilling wind I've experienced in an ultra. The long version is coming, I'll need to catch up on my sleep and get home to Colorado, hope to post on that by mid-week.
This was the toughest race I've ever run, really, it made a Badwater double seem easy by comparison. I struggled more, both physically and mentally, at North Coast.
Strategically I did play my cards right, by not "fighting" the wind and sticking to a slow pace from the beginning. I found myself revising my goals early, this was clearly a survival and grit race. When people were dropping like flies I was able to conserve my energy and it paid off, in a big way, in the last two hours.
I am exhausted, and happy, even with a grand total of only 98
miles. Those were 98 hard-earned, mentally challenging miles!
Full report in a few days!