2 days before the race, I started to get stomach issues; something I don't usually get. I attributed this to a combination of nerves and a touch of a stomach virus. I wasn't able to eat much, but kept on top of the fluids. A frantic email went out to Diane, my patient, expert coach (and wonderful friend) asking what I should do. She gave me guidance on what to eat and by race morning I was nearly back to normal. Saturday morning I collected Mary and we headed up to the start. It was frigid cold but the excitement of the day kept the adrenaline pumping. Found Shannon and my FTR peeps and took a few pics and video.
pre race vid
Before I knew it, we were lining up start and off. We started out on the paved road. This wasn't too bad and actually was a nice warm up before hitting the trails. We started nice and easy, letting a few pass us. Headed onto the trail. It was gorgeous from the start. Sunshine and flowing streams. We hit a mild hill that went on for awhile, but this was nothing to what we were going to face with Ballbearing and Goathill! We hit the first aid station. We felt great and sailed thru quickly. Shannon had calculated what time we needed to hit each aid station and how long we could stay to make all our cutoffs; what a smart girl she is :)