Monday, March 30, 2009

Dizzy Daze 100k- swimming in the rain!

After a gorgeous sunny day here in Seattle yesterday (Sunday), I nearly forgot about the all day torrential downpour of Saturday. Nonetheless, I plowed through the rain around Green Lake on Saturday for a full day of wet loops. As far as I can remember, this was actually my first official 100k distance race, so consequently it was a PR for me I suppose.

There isn't really much to say about a 3.2 mile loop that one runs around all day long, but it was actually quite fun despite the rain. I took off from the start just hoping to push myself as hard as I could. After 10 loops (the end of the 50k race which was actually 32 miles), I realized I had won the 50k, which felt great and definitely buoyed my spirits. My time for the first 50k was 3:59, and I just kept pushing round and round for the remaining 9 loops and an out and back. My wife Kirsten came out and brought me a steaming cup of joe that warmed me up a lot and tasted great, and my training buddy Brock came out and paced me for some loops in the latter part of the race as well. All in all, a great day, and I finished the 100k in 8:49. Granted I did win the 100k, but in the spirit of full disclosure I must also say that I was the only finisher as well. The weather was just so awful that everyone else dropped out at shorter distances. It was a great push for me physically and mentally and I feel really good about my training thus far. Now I'm hungry for more (just maybe not more loops at Green Lake just yet...)!


Thomas Tan said...

Great job out there and congratulations, Sam!

I swear when you passed me for the SECOND time, time stood still for me and I said to myself "No way am I going to let him pass me again!" so I bailed at 26.2! Hehe...

Although my IT band didn't cooperate that day, I still had a great time. It was good to come out to support JB and see everyone.

See you at the next event, preferably one where you only pass me by once!


Sam said...

Hey Thomas! Thanks so much, and I'm really sorry to hear about your IT band- way to push through that plus the awful weather and still pull off 26.2 out there! Great push! You looked really strong every time I saw you- I was really tempted to hang out and chat a bit with you and wish I had, but I was trying really hard to mentally push myself that day for a solid go at 100k.

Rest that IT band, and I'm sure I'll see you out on the trails again soon!


Jon said...

I was suprised to see you still going when I stopped at 26.2 (and almost 7 hours). You got some serious mental toughness to keep going in that downpour. (Man, that was draining!)