|45 minute bus ride back to my neighborhood|
|Baker Beach Pre-Race|
|Really foggy and cool, my favorite conditions|
|Shaun and I navigating some single track|
On the return to Cardiac Hill Shaun had a steady pace going for a few miles on the really light uphill grade. I was doing my best to keep up with him and this destroyed my calves! About a half mile from Cardiac Hill Aid Station we realized that we were going to have about 30 minutes to beat 8 hours for the 60K (37 mile). Shaun's strategy was to check in at the aid station but not get any food or water. I was completely out of water and figured I better at least get some in one of my water bottles to hold me over for the next three miles. We made quick work at the aid station and started our sprint to the finish. We were cruising at a pretty high speed on a slight downhill when I tripped and completely launched myself into the rocks and rough vegetation on the side of the trail. It was pretty rough getting up from that and with my leg bleeding I had to wash it out with some of my water, good thing I filled up the water bottle! The fall ate up a few valuable minutes in our quest to beat 8 hours. We ended up finishing a few minutes after our goal but that's ok, we had a great time and we were finished which is all that really matters. Jess was at the finish line hanging out with Pancho. It was great to see her and hear about how well she did in her race and that she met a new friend. We also got the breakdown from Pancho on how his race went which sounds like he did really well especially for his first ultra! We ate some post race tacos and had a few post race beers provided by Pacific Coast Trail Runs and that was a nice post race celebration. The climb back up to the AirBnB was pretty rough but it was nice to get showered, ordered some pizza, drink beers and hang out with everyone.
Strava Data: https://www.strava.com/activities/2415891036
|Finished and ready for beer!|
|My knee a few days later, healing|