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...)!