|Blue Mountain Resort|
It was already close to 80⁰F by the 7:00am start of The North Face Endurance 50km trail race at the Blue Mountain ski resort and the temperature was close to 100⁰F by the early afternoon when I finished. The course seemed to endlessly go up and down the escarpment using the rough grassy ski slopes themselves, along with very technical winding single track that prevented the gain of any running momentum. However, to be fair, there was also some easier flatter single track and roads on top of the escarpment where you could maintain a good pace.
|One of the early climbs|
After my usual slowish start, I moved steadily through the field for almost the entire race and finished strongly in 6:33:03 for 24th place out of 133 finishers. I could only have done this through managing my hydration well in the trying conditions and need to remember that for future events.
I ran a steady 15km on the roads this morning and was disappointed to have my right heel hurting spasmodically. The pain was generally tolerable, but it has caused me to postpone for another day the decision about whether to race a trail marathon on Sunday.