They say pictures are worth a thousand words, I like to think more minimalistic. Let’s get real; when a person sees this they think how beautiful nature is…I see PAIN written in bold letters.
The Bel Monte 50 was the most humbling and at the same time hardest challenge I have ever tackled in my life, I’m not even kidding.
I dropped the ball on writing a race recap, waited too long, wanting to find a good time and place to type this up and now I’ve let a couple weeks slip by. In a short summary, this race was at times so trying that I questioned my sanity and reasoning but stayed strong until the end. I was told after the brutal climb to Camp Marty(easily 2 hour climb) that I had missed the cut-off by 3 minutes. Instead of breaking down and sitting there crying over a 50 miler not finished I was relieved to find out I could at least finish the 50K course + my extra mileage. Thankfully this was the most well stocked aid station on the course, I sat there and ate 3 quesadillas(mind you I hadn’t had any bread or gluten in forever), a glass of de-fizzed Coke(Jen’s favorite hang over cure), and after refilling my bottles I was back out on the course.
Am I a little bummed for not making the cut off? Yes
Do I think life is over? No
Lessons learned: Keep moving, fight the pain, don’t waste your time at the aid stations, and keep hydrating. A big lesson learned is my hip pack was not a good source of hydration for me. I kept having to stop to take sips of water and when I was trying to make up time I barely drank which I think led me to crash on that hill. Next race I will be using an Osprey Hydraulics pack: the Viper 10. It is a version of bladder packs that are super light form Osprey and I hope this leads me to drink more since the bite valve will be right there the whole time.
Also; minimalist shoes are great….for sprints and dead-lifts…not mountainous Ultras! I will post about my experience with the MT101 for next time.