Quad Rock 50 Race Report
|Hanging out on the back deck|
After Dan got in his annual run to the top of Horsetooth I headed out to pick up my packet and grab some dinner. Thankfully Five Guys is right next to Runner's Roost. I'm not sure most would consider this a great pre-race meal, but hey it's delicious and James loves Five Guys. So burgers and fries it was. This year we rented a little cabin right on Horsetooth reservoir and while it was a bit tiny the location was awesome. Plus having a cabin always makes gear prep easier than working in the dark in a hotel room while James sleeps.
My 3:45 am wake-up call came bright and early after James decided 3:00 was a great time to be awake and hang out. I made it to the race start with just enough time to check-in drop off my drop bags and relax for a couple minutes. I found Nick and we were ready to get started. I wasn't sure that starting with Nick was the best idea, he tends to go out fast and since he was only running the 25 I wasn't sure how this would play out for me. But in the end it seemed better than running up Towers by myself.
|Heading back out from the turn-around|
|Quad Rock scars|
The climb out of Horsetooth up along West Ridge is so much more brutal than I remember it being. It's not crazy steep it just seems to go on forever! Of course I had completely blocked this climb out of my mind from last year. About a mile or so up the climb the guy behind me asked if I was local "because I seemed to really know the trails". I ended up running with Josh the whole way to the 25 mile turn-around. Of course about 15 miles into the race we were just running easily along a relatively flat section when I subconsciously decided the fastest way to run was to superman along the trail. I can tell you from experience it is not actually the fastest way to travel, but it sure does make for an interesting story! I slid so lightly across the ground I was actually surprised to see blood running down my legs. He was running a bit slower than my pace but it was the perfect pace to get me back on my splits and the miles pass so much faster when you can run and chat. We cruised easily into the start/finish right at 5:00 which meant I was exactly on my splits. Dan and James were there to fill my bottles and turn me right around. I was really feeling good at this point and was able to run out of the AS and push the climb a bit.
|My camo crew|
I was in and out of Horsetooth AS quickly. The AS at Quad Rock are super dialed in. I spent 8 minutes total at AS this year which was another huge improvement for me. At each AS I added more vanilla EFS or VFuel to one bottle and filled both with water. I was able to maintain about 150-200 cal/hr which was more than I usually take, but seemed to be the perfect amount. I didn't take in any other calories, just s-caps every hour. I'm sure mainstreaming my nutrition also helped cut down on AS time. So I started the climb and realized it wasn't as bad as I remembered so I started running. And I kept running and waiting for the climb. I finally caught a glimpse of Josh and pushed to catch up to him. By the time I did he was really slowing down. We ran together for about 1/2 mile before I had to go on. I power hiked the last couple hundred feet up the steep section right before you hit the Tower AS.
|Coming into the turn-around|
|Coming into the finish line|
Well my A goal was 10:30 and 5th place for women. B goal was 11:00. I finished in 10:45 and 7th place. And I really kept to my splits. Even though I didn't hit my A goal I was pretty happy with my race. It was one of my smartest races and one of my first where I felt like I was really racing. Plus a PR by 57 minutes is nothing to cry about. We'll just have to see if I can continue to run well the rest of the season. If my training continues to improve like it has all year I think I'll have quite a bit of success come this fall!
Week May 5 - 11
Miles Running: 65
Hours Hiking and Running: 14.5
|James' favorite place in the cabin|
|The best way to drink your milk!|
|25 mile turn-around|
|Learning to drink like a runner!|