Talk about a super fun start to the summer! A 20km run around the mountain on mainly single track trails put together with a great after party of live music swag, and food trucks.
I started out with confidence (even though inside I still felt that I haven’t been running much). I walked up to the start line outwardly showing fearlessness and assurance. Nobody was taking the bold approach as I was. The guys around me were asking my projected finish time. I honestly wasn’t entirely sure how it would go.
The countdown happened and I was off- out of the start line with fire under my heels. I stayed in front for quite some time, roughly the first .4km, and then a few guys popped out in front. I maintained a high pace for several km as we meandered up the hill, gaining elevation. Little by little the top few gentlemen grew smaller and smaller.
Pretty much throughout the race I tried to keep quick and steady feet. I managed to run all the hills except for a small section near the end. From km 11-15 I was on my own for a bit with no other athletes in sight. Soon after I could hear someone breathing, and thinking it was a girl, I picked up the pace. My strategy was to save a bit of energy for the last hill, but in reality I believe I could’ve pushed much harder much sooner.
Suddenly I could hear the announcer and see the tents within sight. I was shocked to be so close. The trail weaved a bit, but the end came quickly.
I was stoked to secure 1st female and 5th overall. I was ahead of 2nd by 14min50- that feels good:)
The rest of the afternoon was filled with salty pretzel medals, good music and amazing prizes!