It was nice to finally race again. I was looking forward to running this race again. Since it’s the national championship trail race for 50 miles, it always draws a good, strong field. I was looking forward to running hard.
After multiple weird injuries this season, being 100% at a race again was nice. I was in new territory this season with the juggling of cycling and running (a 50 mile MTB race in June), then a 100 Mile MTB race coming up in August. So, my training was not my normal build-up before a race like White River.
I was optimistic though, but a little under-trained for hills. I had a lot of biking volume, but my highest running mileage week was 52 leading up to it. I put in quality, trail specific training though. I was hoping it would be okay.
I got to Seattle to drop of my family at Bainbridge Island to visit family and picked up Hal, Carly, and Tony to head to the race. Tony and I were staying at McCoubrey’s cabin (thanks again, Scott). We checked in, hung out and went back to the cabin, ate, and went to bed.
Saturday morning was great weather. I started out conservatively and ended up running with Kami for a few miles until just after the first aid station. I ran most of the first climb and got to the out and back in 12th place. I reeled in a few dudes, including Hal (thanks to his post-Western States legs) on the descent back to Buck Creek at the halfway.
There was cloud cover thankfully climbing up to Sun Top and I ran 90% of the climb. I ran smoothly and didn’t full out hammer off Sun Top (mile 37), as I didn’t know how my legs would handle it with their lack of hills and mileage. They were definitely feeling it at the bottom of the descent, but I kept rolling and crossed the line in 7:28, good enough for 8th place with a strong field.
Time to get on the mountain bike to get ready for High Cascade 100 August 23rd. Giddyup!