SUNNY DAY AT SUN MOUNTAIN 50 K
First off, the scenic drive through the North cascades and methow valley was absolutely amazing! Beautiful views everywhere I looked, but the best was yet to come....
RACE DAY !
THE FIRST STAGE ( to 8 mi aid stn) started at 10 am with beautiful rolling trails alongside lake then tucked into a cool creekside trail.
I had a nice visit with my friend Sara, but as the hill grew steeper, I couldnt keep up with her , so had to temporarily "unfriend" her as I struggled up the long incline. I also had a brief chat with my training partner Lara as she passed, and then met several others on route. Up I went, through fields of beautiful yellow flowers, looking back to the valley views below. As usual, my calf siezed up, then my foot went numb. I kept run/hiking, pondering "if it was circulatory would my toes fall off if I kept going?" Thankfully , I got my feeling back on a nice flat section. Another little hill, then the first aid station! It was well used as the heat of the day came down upon us earlier than expected.
THE SECOND STAGE (to 17 mi aid station) started off on a hot, dry road, ugh... Thankfully it tucked back into a little hilly trail that led me out to a knoll with amazing vistas up TWO valleys! The knoll, the valleys, the flowers- I broke out in song "the hills are alive with the sound of music". With pure glee I barrelled down the fun single track, wahooing away, feeling at one with nature, folicking in the woods. At the bottom of the hill, about 14 miles in, my legs were telling me to stop having so much fun and slow down or they'll blow up. So, I took it easy to the 17 mi aid station, where I spent an extraordinary amount of time reuelling, refilling my pack and dousing myself with water as I was feeling the heat at 1 pm. Spring training in Vancouver did not prepare me at all for the heat the day.