Time: 10:34. Place: 7th. Fabulous experience. Really happy with my time and effort. Nutrition went much better than I expected. A really lonesome trail at times. A great, great race.
Photos by Greg Norrander (yours truly the first two slides)
Leg 1 (17 miles) Mink Creek to City Creek
Brutal bushwhacking climb (watch the cacti!) up to boulder-strewn ridge
Missed turn to second aid station, lost about 10 minutes or so
Beautiful morning. Warmed up fast. Really great singletrack first 8 miles. Stomach just not right from step one. Perennial wonder: am I starting too fast or too slow?
Leg 2 (15 miles) City Creek to Mink Creek (different route)
Tough climb up off-trail muddy, snowy, slippery draw with running water.
Nice temperature on the peak, pretty warm in the valley heading to mile 31 aid. Legs felt pretty tired but just kept turning them over. Stomach felt much better after mile 25. Fell around mile 29 (soft landing). Kept running out of water.
Leg 3 (20 miles) Mink Creek to Scout Peak to Finish
Great singletrack descent from mile 44 to the aid station at mile 47.
Thinking I missed a turn on mile 40 when I hadn't spotted a flag for a long time. Back-tracked and lost some more time.
Shared a few minute's conversation with one of the Bend guys. Much of the climb to the top of Scout Peak pretty tough because of soft snow and mud. Passed by two relayers. Passed one back on the descent. Final "small" climb at mile 48 was in fact the final climb, but it was not in fact small. Finished up feeling strong, happy with my time, and queasy from my final gel.
(photos courtesy of gnorrander)