This course (Mohican 100) ate my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I started to kick its butt at the beginning with the front runners, and then it woke up and swallowed me whole (along with a lot of other proven runners). I threw everything I had at it, but the legs flat out had nothing left to give as I approached the 70 mile mark. It always never feels good to DNF (especially the 2nd time), but I was good with my decision based on how much this new course took out of me, and what I had left – Absolutely nothing. Mentally I was great, but physically I was totally spent. My training was solid for all the courses I’ve raced to this point, but not this one. If you are a mountain goat (Olga, Evan, and Ronda this is the course for you). Not that the elevation was high, just relentless steep climbs and declines. If I had trained on this course (or one like it), or adjusted my training for significant more stair climber, the ending would have been different.
Tough course for a flatlander, and a few others! Last year’s winner Zach Irelan, and Grand Slammer Chrissy Ferguson, also had to face the dreaded DNF, along with the majority of the field. Out of 149 runners, 58 completed the 100 mile course (50 males and 8 females). 1st place male was 22:14, and 1st place female was 23:36. Hat off for those that made it – Big congrats and well deserved.
Last word I heard was the RD was considering changing the last 2.5 miles of the new four loop course due to difficulties and feedback. I say leave it as is! Don’t wish it was easier, make yourself stronger.
You know me; race report will not be available until a few weeks with all the wonderful details. I got two very busy weeks at work playing catch up (if such a thing).
Thanks to all of you for all the positive vibs, support, and believing in me. You keep me going longer then I normally would have.