Race Report: North Fork 50 Mile
I had a great idea for this race. Instead of just suffering and finishing the race, I thought – hey, why don’t I just suffer a little faster? There were 2 races starting together (50 mile/50K) and I ran the opening 1,200′ climb hanging just outside of the top ten overall. Way too fast for me in a 50 miler, but I was game. It was definitely one of my better opening climbs in an ultra.
I was working, but running well. I eased off a little on the next climb and a little more on the next. Then it got really HOT. I couldn’t keep up with my fluid losses and started suffering a little more than I had in mind. Despite sucking down tons of water and staying on top of my salt intake, it felt like there was a cramp convention in town and every muscle in my body had a ticket. Thankfully, my legs weren’t too bad, but my abdomen, chest wall, and even neck muscles were giving me tons of grief. That slowed me down quite a bit.
I had a tough day, but managed to come in 7th place in 9:45 and took 2nd in my age group. I don’t know how many finishers there were, lots of carnage out on the course. I was in rough shape at the finish, barely managing to avoid the post-race puke fest. My calves were jumping and twitching around like there was some sort of alien cage match going on inside them. It took me about 90 minutes to recover enough to gather myself and get to my car.
I was down 9 pounds when I weighed in at home after drinking another 60oz on the drive. Ouch.
They mentioned at the start that there were over 40 people in the events racing their first ultra. They picked a tough one!