Well, I gave it a good shot, but didn’t finish this year at Leadville. As you can see from my splits below, I did very well for the first 50, slowed a little, but stayed ahead of my 2007 pace clear to Halfmoon. I was still way ahead of cutoffs.
At Halfmoon, my right hip was huring so bad that I just couldn’t run anymore. I could walk, but it was a slow 3 mph. After arriving at Fish Hatchery, I was shivering bad and I had lost all my motivation. I tried to warm up for 90 minutes and then decided to just quit. No one really tried to talk my out of it. Of course I now regret it, but no doubt I was injured. The rain and wind was cold. It was a pretty miserable night.
This DNF breaks a string of 17 consecutive 100-mile finishes for me. You learn a lot from DNFs. I learned a lot and can do some things different next time. I’m probably done with Leadville. The dirt road running at times just got old. I loved the single-track portions, but when I came to a dirt road, I just lost energy and enjoyment. Leadville also takes a huge investment to adjust to the altitude. My altitude training this year seemed to work great, but it took a ton of time.
Here’s how I did
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