It's rare for it all to go to plan on race day, and in all honesty this race was simply an early season long run, and a WS100 qualifier which I needed after my Chimera debacle and DNF. I had no expectations going in - maybe that's the key. No pressure, no real idea about how I would stack up against a strong field. I didn't know the course, and I prefer tougher, more mountainous and technical grunts! Runnable courses tend not to suit me. I'm not fast, and our local terrain isn't always conducive to training for runnable and flatter courses.
But I ran strong all day. I paced well. I used Stryd to keep the effort in cheque in the early miles. Fueling was great - water, Vitargo and GU octane. 1 red bull late on. No solid fuel. No gut issues. 1 beer at mile 40 or so to top up the carbs, haha - PBR of course.
I surprised myself with 9th place, and 1st master in North America's biggest 100km field, and a competitive field at that! It's been a while since I felt like I put together a damned good race effort, but this was it! Now if only I could reproduce this every time.
Liz Halleran and I were interviewed on the Ramblings from the Rockies podcast here (https://skiuphill.ca/blogs/news/podcast-ramblings-from-the-rockies-episode-1) - we talk, amongst other ramblings (!!) about Black Canyons and running around Canmore. Enjoy!