Once again, I prepped well for this race. We spent the afternoon prior to the race hiking around Fossil Butte. Then we attended the Oyster Music Festival, which may have involved drinking a few Fat Tires and eating freshly made potato chips and funnel cake. What can I say? I know how to treat my body right.
There were only 16 people signed up for the 10K race. I was pretty sure I was going to end up DFL. We had gone up another 3000ft, so breathing was once again a challenge.
The race started with two miles of one small hill and then mostly “false flat”. You know, that slightly uphill that looks flat but takes a heck of a lot out of you. Mile 3 was wicked rolling hills. It was an out and back, so mile 4 was the same awful hills. I tried to pick it up after the hills, but it seriously felt like the “flat” part was still uphill. I actually contemplated walking when the finish line was in sight. I finally picked it up with just a little bit to go because the 5K walkers were finishing and there was no way I was coming into the finish at a walking pace.
|No, as a matter of fact, I can’t get enough oxygen.|
I manage to beat two people and arrive at a new PW – 1:05:22.
I’ve never been so happy to have a state behind me!