This was my second trail race. This was the first time I was worried about greatly hurting myself during a race. In the week leading up to the race I studied past results and looked to see who was registered this time. I could not understand why all of the times were so slow. I expected to finish in just under an hour. It was not until the race finished that I understood why the times were so slow. For some reason I should have better understood the following quote from the race’s official site, “… at the end it isn’t over…”
There was a false finish at the 10k mark. The actual race length is about a mile long. In addition to that the course is very technical. LOTS of mud. Well over the top of my shoes multiple times. The course is a constant up and down with areas that are straight vertical in which you must stop, walk/climb up boulders and the side of hills.
So who did I beat?
- All the women
- 1 mDot tattoo
- 8 Pairs of compression socks
- 2 Guys in tri-club jerseys
Who beat me?
- A 12yo kid.
- A bunch of old men.
- Some guy in tights and an awkward white shirt
As you can see in the photo, I was just edged out. I really came in 20th place, and not 19th. Yesterday at the race I was listed as 6th for Men’s Open, not sure where I got bumped down.
Awesome race, I am happy with how I did. I lost two places when my shoe came untied and another two places when I went off course. Outside of that decisions were well made and I was happy with a top 20 finish that would have netted me a top 10 two years ago.
|19th OA||Aaron||Davidson||Groton||CT||M||OPEN||1:04:40||7th AG|