It's been 3 weeks since Potawatomi 100 in Pekin, Illinois & I'm just now getting this report out!
I went into the race with a mission this year. My registration for Massanutten 100 earlier this year was rejected as I didn't have a qualifier. I was surprised with that, but they were correct. With gut & back issues the past few years, I needed to get back on track. I've finished many loops at McNaughton Park, so I felt this was the time & course to get that qualifying race.
I figured I had to have these in my favor to complete 100 miles:
Temps - were great:
Nice & cool - mostly 40's. It was blustery (20 mph winds w/40 mph gusts) for the 1st half day.
Trail conditions - were manageable:
There was a record rainfall (according to the NWS) of 2"+ the day before. No rain on race day (that's the key) so the wind was able to provide some drying. Still muddy in the usual low areas -- hills were ok. The 2 creek crossings each loop were maybe 18" deep at the most -- heavy, soaked socks & shoes always add to the challenge.
Major physical issues - had none:
I had no back issues -- short downhills are much easier on the back than long downhills. Kept the brace tight. I did have a queasy stomach after the 1st lap or so -- pretty sure it was the Heed, which I avoided subsequent loops. No other gut issues -- special diet & therapy seem to be working.
my staging area:
After my mental collapse at Massanutten at 75-80 miles last year, I felt I had gotten over that problem as I've not forgiven myself for that -- however, I had mental issues AGAIN after 80 miles in Pekin. It was very difficult to continue. Had I not dropped to the 100 from the 150 at the start of the race, I would have certainly quit again right then. It was halfway thru the final loop before I "smelled the barn" & knew I could finish.
a 150 mile finisher Sunday afternoon:
My lap times showed a progressive & fairly even loss of leg lift & I'm happy with the results (finished 12th out of 56 starters):
I contemplated pacing at the Indiana Trail 100 this weekend, but finally decided on the Backside Trail Marathon -- a race in a Louisville city park. I guess marathons have become my speed works since I can't get myself to the track.