Saturday, May 19, 2012
I stuck to my plan and held back at the start. After about 20 miles, I usually warm up and find a groove, but that never happened today. I kept focusing on my form and being smooth, but it just was not happening. I wasn't done yet though and rolled in to the first rest stop determined to finish.
The next several miles was spent contemplating yet another DNF. I have quite a few on my resume and of course don't want any more but a guy has to know when to call it quits. But, I wasn't ready to throw in the towel, so I kept eating and drinking holding a steady finishing pace.
I got to rest stop 2 refueled, greeted the wife and kid and headed out for a loop in Mills River Valley. It was fun but I noticed that I was getting slower. I continuously went back and forth, reasoning and weighing the decision.
My conclusion was that I felt like I could finish. It would take a very long time, but it could be done. The clincher was that I was signed up to race as a team with the kid at a kid's adventure race on Sunday. If I had not had any responsibilities and could have laid around all day, it would have been different. So I pulled the plug.
I ran out of water and rode the last 45 minutes hoping that I would make it to Yellow Gap where the family was waiting. I rolled up and stopped and explained my reasoning. They both agreed.
We packed up and headed to the finish before heading home.
52 miles in 6 hrs 16 mins, not super fast, but not too shabby either. It was a good day in the woods and I am pleased with what I did.
Thanks Pisgah Productions for putting on such a stellar race!!
Posted by Stephen at 8:52 PM