This morning was a beautiful one to begin racing, we started at Buena Vista and had a ‘neutral start’ until the first single track. Elliot and I were positioned relatively far back for the start, which made the single-track a little challenging – there was a lot of people we wanted to get by, especially on the downhills. after about 2km we came up to a wide dirt mountain-bike path / logging road and from then on things went well.
We were trying to begin with real low heart-rates, since we are on day 1 of a 6-day race. Some of the people around us did not seem to be doing that, but there’s also a 3-day version of the race… and some people probably began to hard. Our goal for the beginning was to keep it under 145 HR, and we stuck to this pretty well. We religiously walked the uphills if they had basically any steepness at all, and that me ants that we ended up ‘yo-yo-ing’ with some people as they went by us on the climbs. The first aid station was at 12k and was basically at the highpoint of the day. We were happy to see that it was really well stocked and I refilled both my water bottles with some mystery electrolyte drink – there are also lots of candies, and gels available. The race really does a good job of providing this sort of thing.
After the first aid station (or check-point) we hit some downhills. Elliot and I both took a bathroom break which is always a good sign in a long run. I was pleased to hit one sub 4′ km as I caught back up to Elliot after my pee break.
After the 3rd aid station we were dropped onto a long logging road that no one liked. It was a bit of a ‘false flat’ (as in slight uphill) although it didn’t seem that false to me. We were still working on keeping our HR under control these were km’s 27-33 of 180 in the big picture.
The worst part of the day is the hill inside the campground. First thing we had to do was hike up the hill and claim our tent (you get a little clippy with your number on it to attach to the tent). Once we did that we set up our clothesline and hung some things up and hiked back down the hill to take a shower. The shower truck is actually pretty good – I was really impressed! After that it was time for (free) beer and burgers then a little nap in the tent.