This is a tough one. The memory is a bit vague. It's been tough to codify my thoughts on the race.
The quick and dirty of it is: Holy Crap, really?!
But if you're interested the rest of this one and probably 3 more posts will be dedicated to the race itself and it's denouement. The longer version probably starts the night before...
Like I noted in the post on Saturday, I went to the race meeting and picked up my packet. The race director gave a moving memoriam to Jenna Gruben, an ultra runner and uber-volunteer for the Steamboat race. When I picked up my packet there was a little shrine set up to her with a couple of quilt tiles to be signed by the racers. It didn't feel right, as I had never met Jenna, so I didn't put my name down or offer any words. It's interesting though because when I think back, the Fruita race was touched by Jenna too and prior to the start, there was a moment of silence and some racers adopted some sort of iconography in remembrance. Had Dave mentioned Imogene to me 4 years ago instead of three, I expect I would have known this person to whom I have devoted one of my longer paragraphs, but as it stands I guess I missed out.
After the meeting, I hightailed it for food. Went to the City Market and picked up an 8 piece, dark meat, fried chicken box. You know, "The cornerstone of a nutritious dinner." I ate 4 pieces of chicken for dinner and added in some pasta salad, broccoli, a half gallon of apple juice and some Chips Ahoy with milk. Probably a 2000 calorie dinner at a bare minimum. Carbo-loading is for short races.
Upon eating, I set my alarm for 4:45 (I think) and turned out the lights. It was about 9. I felt tired and expected to sleep. Nope. I usually don't have too much trouble sleeping, but before Imogene and before Run Rabbit Run, I slept like crap. I actually got up around 4:20, turned on SportsCenter, and got my act together.
"Mellow Cup Coffee" is enough to oil the works apparently. It was nice to get that out of the way before I even left the motel. I ate a few more Chips Ahoy with milk - "The cornerstone of a nutritious breakfast," - I mixed up a couple of water bottles full of Enduromax, grabbed my gear and headed out the door around 5:20.
I parked, got checked in, and got some water. Mellow Cup had performed the most pressing duty and I figured I didn't need any more caffeine so I was looking for hydration. I also grabbed a muffin, but I was pretty well topped up with Chips Ahoy so I only ate the top. I usually hate when people do that, but I was willing to make an exception.
While milling about waiting to get marshalled to the start, I met Jim and Brooks. Two dudes who would end up in the top 20. I was familiar with Brooks because of Brandon and Jim from twitter. Both gents are obviously much, much faster than I and I wouldn't see them at the finish, but that's a story for another day (Thursday maybe?).
Thanks for reading.