Thursday night into Friday the cold and snow came. We knew it was coming, we knew we'd prepare with layers to combat our first really cold race (I think the coldest prior race was the Dirty Bird from last fall which started in the mid-20's). We were running anyway. Because we're badasses.
I haven't had the pleasure of running this trail yet so I had no idea how technical it was, what its conditions were really like or how the conditions might change during the race. I had on 2 long-sleeve tech shirts, a hoodie, Exoficio underwear, Nike tights, some cheap running pants from Old Navy, wool ski socks and my yellow New Balance shoes, a buff, ski mask, knit cap, Mizuno running gloves as liners and some heavier gloves over those. At the starting line, my fingers were already frozen and I worried it might only get worse. Wearing about 1/4 of all my running gear (and my Nathan fuel belt), I lined up with Kristen seconds before the start in a hasty scramble and we fell in line.
|All my damn gear, minus the shoes.|
The field fell into line which started in a park for about 1/4 mile before turning onto the trail which was a very narrow single track, getting bored and staying cold, I reached a point where I just had to break some trail. At a few opportune moments, I hopped out of the queue into the left lane and through some powder under which I had no idea what lied. Either I was really lucky or the trail was pretty well groomed because it was one of the better decisions I'd made that day.
The course was pretty nice in the snow. After all, being in the woods is a treat in and of itself. Being out in the snow is a bonus. Unfortunately, I'd left my GoPro plugged in at our friends' house but what the heck, here's a picture from the previous day in a different park in a different state. Pretty much the same thing: snow in the woods.
|In case you needed to see some snow in the woods. Actually from a duck hunt the day before, non-Nintendo version is way better.|
|The Garmin data|