Texas is hot, although not as hot I as I feared. Austin has single track trails on miles of hills - not Gorge hills, but still, not flat either. And the people are nice and relaxed. All in all, I kind of broke my perceptions of what I will see and was pleasantly surprised. Of course, going to the race also meant I'd be in my territory:) Not even 5 min after we arrived I felt pretty much at home - and where am I not if trail ultrarunners are involved? :) It was a 12/6 hr race format starting 7pm (I guess best time to run out there, huh?). I crewed for Larry through the night, helped a bit at the only AS (7 mile loop), chatted with a bunch of people, and paced Larry on loops 6 and 8. The trail was nice, slightly rolling (I'd say flat, since I could run everything, and I don't run uphills), a good mix of smooth single track and treacherous rocks/roots. Larry got 56 miles in 11:21 and took 2nd male (and 3rd overall - Melany Fryar chicked all the guys!). It was fun, if humid and hot night.
Congrats to all TRT100 and VT100 finishers, and now I am onto final stages of prepping for PCT50. Next year don't miss out on registration, we have views to die for!
A natural creek made into a pool. Freakin' cold!
I had an awesome run this morning. I absolutely did! On Marquam hill, something from the first step just clicked, something like I haven't had on this trail in at least a year. It was such a blast! And it was fun to push too when I realized I am having a great day. I won't lie, it wasn't quite a PR on this trail, but then again, the PR stands from 2005, it ways out of reach - though it was pretty darn close! Made me smile. Not everything's lost when you get runs like this occasionally (like Wilson river run, like bitchy Gorge Thursday run, like a few Forest Park runs...).