It's November now, so how did everyone's ultra go?
A bit late to the party, but what the hell..
January 8/17: 8-hour indoor track ultra. Turned out to be a 232m cement track. Hated it. 65.33km / 2nd O/A
January 21/17: 3-hour winter trail race on a 2km loop. Foggy, mushy snow. Had fun. 24.4km / 1st Woman O/A
April 29/17: Pick Your Poison 50k. Mud while running up and down a ski hill (5,440ft of elevation), but a nice day. Used as training race. 7h37m
May 27/17: Sulphur Springs 100k. Ludicrous mud for my 1st 100k attempt - 5 x 20k loops with 8,400ft of elevation. Tripped over NOTHING AT ALL at 56.5k while running downhill and ended up a bit bloody. Finished just after dark in 15h54m / 3rd W<40
July 8/17: Limberlost Challenge 56k. Did I say there was ludicrous mud at Sulphur? I had no idea how muddy a course could be. Finished 4 x 14km loops less than 3.5 minutes before the cut off in 9h56m - lots of people either quit between laps or didn't make it under 10hrs. Only 4,300ft elevation.
September 9/17: Haliburton Forest 50 miler. 1st 50 mile attempt on a fairly technical course - 40km long trail so a single out-and-back with 6,500ft of elevation. Had no specific goal until I reached the turn-around, then thrashed myself through the second half to squeak in under 13hrs (12h53m).
October 7/17: Sticks n'Stones 50k(ish) - new race for this year put on by friends. Non-technical, 10 x 5km loops (actually about 5.2km), only 2,500ft of elevation but the day was hot as hell. 6h34m / 3rd W30-39
October 28/17: Horror Trail 6-hour on a 2.5km loop. Been doing this one annually since 2010 and this was the worst mud I've ever seen - as bad as Sulphur. 46.87km / 3rd Woman O/A
Feel pretty good about what I accomplished this year - also ended up 2nd woman <40 in the season-long ultra series that includes the Pick Your Poison, Sulphur Springs, Limberlost, Haliburton and Horror Trail races (plus a few others), so that's a pretty sweet cherry on the top.
Looking at my first 100 mile attempt next year, but starting things off with a new indoor track 6-hour ultra bright and early on January 6th, 2018.
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