|DNF - done at 10 miles|
|VERY Rough Road|
The "Heat" was also very much a factor. The day started off at 61 degrees with a predicted high of 85 which was at least 10 degrees warmer than normal. The race started at 8am and ran primarily west to east which meant we were running straight into the rising sun...not a great feeling when the temp is rising.
The "High Altitude" wasn't expected to be much of a factor, but I believe it surely took it's toll as well. Linda and I bought a case of water and began drinking as soon as we arrived in NM but I'm not sure I drank enough to counteract running at a 6000 foot altitude. I maybe didn't give this factor enough consideration after successfully running both Colorado and Wyoming last year (both above 1 mile high)
|Driving the Course - "Testing" the Pavement|
|Lots of broken glass and debris|
This brings us to the final factor: "Ease of quitting." They just made it way to easy at this race. This was a relay race so every 5 miles there was a relay exchange station and a set of busses waiting to take runners back to the finish area. My decision to stop came very suddenly at about mile 8. Up until then I hadn't even thought about stopping but suddenly it seemed like the only thing to do. I looked at the aid station at mile 8 and thought, "Well I at least need to make it to the bus at mile 10 so I kept slogging along. When I stopped at mile 10 I had actually picked the pace back up a little and had a 9:12 average going...but still not enough for a BPR or even a sub 4 hour time at that point. I was very relieved and even happy to get on the bus and off of that awful pavement.
|Free Roaming Horses in NM|