Pre race everything was perfect, I woke up with my blood sugar right where I wanted it to be. I took a couple units of insulin to cover my pre race meal and it was smooth sailing as I toed the line. As I stood at the start line the usual pre race nerves were nowhere to be found. I knew I had a very long day ahead of me. I knew that I needed to take it slow and save myself to hopefully have a nice kick with ten miles left.
For the first ten miles I was doing very well, the course was extremely tough. Below is the video of the hike up to the summit and a majority of the course. I expected the course to be rocky and technical but I didn't expect conditions like that for every mile. I couldn't descend like I wanted to, that is my strong point but because of the rocks and roots I had to be very cautious and had to slowly jog or walk down. I made it up to the summit, back down, and back to the summit in a time that I was eyeing when I mapped out my race plan.
The last 5 miles were extremely tough. I was basically out on my feet, my blood sugar was ok but sitting for an hour had caught up to me. My body started to shut down and think everything was over. My aunt and uncle would meet up with me a couple of miles from the finish and I didn't even know it was them. I would finish and enjoy a nice cold beer with my aunt and uncle to celebrate what I had just done.