|Traprock 50K Race Site|
I woke up not too early and had a waffle breakfast to get me going and then on the road for the 8:30 AM race start. I had organized a drop bag to put at the start finish area of this 3 loop course. I'm not wild about loop courses but it does make it easier when you are self supporting. I had my GU Brew drinks all ready to go and my GU gels and electrolytes all pre-calculated for each loop. I also had an extra pair of Drymax socks and a spare pair of Pearl Izumi shoes, just in case. For the race I was wearing the Pearl Izumi Peak II trail shoes. I managed to get in a quick pre-race run up the first hill to get the heart pumping. Then it was to the start line.
|The Traprock 50K Start|
|Traprock Rocky Trails|
For the most part, the trails were in great shape. No mud, just nice New England trail running with a combination of rocks and roots. There was definitely some climbing, I think they mentioned there was 2300 feet of climbing each lap which would add up to nearly 7000 of ascending for this 50K race.
|Traprock 50K Profile|
At the far end of lap 1 there was the lollipop loop. This was a quick out and back where you could see where other runners were. Ben was clearly ahead while the three of us, Nate, Ryan and myself where rather close knit. On the return lollipop we had a chance to see quite a few other runners not too far back and Kristina Folcik being the first woman was looking strong. Fellow Vermonter Nick Yardley was right there too.
|Ryan and Jack|
Lap 2 I was on my own for most of it while passing some of the 17 K runners who started an hour later. I kept the pace up and at the lollipop loop saw Ben again, with a comfortable lead but not too far ahead. On the return of the lolliop loop I saw Ryan and Nate not that far back. The rest of lap 2 I was just in cruise mode, trying to focus on hydration and electrolytes knowing that lap 3 would be the most demanding with the heat increasing.
As I pulled into the end of lap 2 I refueled again and back out for the final lap. Ben was still comfortably ahead but I was told at the turnaround we were 8 minutes apart. I kept moving along. Ryan and Nate were farther back now too. By the time I got to the lollipop I didn't see Ben which meant he was at least 10 minutes ahead and no sign of Ryan or Nate or anyone else which meant I was at least 10 minutes ahead of them. With that in mind, I decided to back it down a bit. No need to push it as I had more miles to do the next day and a big week ahead. So I maintained, made sure I was hydrated, had sufficient electrolytes and fuel to get me to the finish. The temps had risen maybe to the low 70's but it was dry so almost no sweating. But, I could see my body was crusted over with salt. Still, no cramping or even a hint of cramping which for me, is amazing. It must be the bikram yoga I'm doing for heat training or maybe it was the cake and tequila snack the night before??
Ben was first with a time of 4:05:56. Ryan finished shortly after me with a time of 4:41:28. Nick Yardley came in 5th for the men in a time of 5:04:56. Kristina captured her second victory in a week after winning for the women at the No. Nipmuck the previous week. Here she won in a time of 5:14:26. Another fellow Vermonter running two 50K's that weekend including the "Don't Run Boston 50K" was Paul Sulva finishing Traprock in 7:34:09. And Alison Aiken finished in a time of 6:39:59.
Full Results are available HERE.
The Gear: Pearl Izumi Peak II Trail Shoes were awesome! As were the Drymax light hiker sock for some added cushioning on the sharp rocks. The Headsweats Super Duty Race Cap with it's Coolmax sweatband helped keep the sweat under control. And for nutrition, the GU Brew Blueberry/Pomegranate with 2's the sodium did the trick for me again and no cramping!!
And thanks to Scott Livingston for some of the race day photos.
And thanks to Kevin McMahon for providing a special Thursday pre-race meal, cooking lesson and humor.
Tofu Powered Pilla almost Picks Off Punk
Jack just missed taking the gold from a 33 year old on this 50K last weekend. Boggles the skull to see the split times posted and realize they are 10-mile splits. Shoot me.
Because Jack has quit eating meat, the meal I fed him on Thursday night might have powered him along.
On my long-standing invite, he finally dropped in after his Thurs Night Running Group in Essex.
It was with some team-spirited joy that I anticipated feeding one of our own Nat Champ Team, and full-time World Beater.
So, as I was about to serve him a first course of delicious lasagne, he pulls the 'meatless stare' on me and mumbles something about past lives, glycemic index, more energy...
So, I pull down the wok and set-up a short course on meatless Chinese cooking.
I show him the ming-bean sprouts: 'You've had these, right?: I get the Pilla grin and I read:"never".
I show him the tofu: 'You've had tofu, right?: I get the Pilla grin and the raised eye brows: I read: "Never, never".
In a few minutes I've got a mound of never never say 'meatless' Chinese fare in front of him. And he says: "I can't eat all this!"
Here's a guy who looks for food stops on a 5K and he's telling me he might over eat. Hmmmm.
I cut it in half and make up a little side salad to help him rough out the roughage, force another Bass Ale on him and catch up on why we do what we do.
Scratch that: why he does what he does.
On to more training! See you on the trails,
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination".