For the TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) crowd – a companion piece to the long-form article. This is more nuts and bolts, less wacky storytelling.
Three Things I Did Right
1. Maintained a really strong, focused power hike on every climb.
2. Kept taking in calories even when I wasn’t feeling very well.
3. Once the race started I stayed positive, kept my mood swings in check, and thanked the volunteers profusely.
Three Things I Learned
1. Hard candies can save you. When my gut was not feeling well I resorted to Jolly Ranchers. It was like an IV drip of calories.
2. In a car, you accelerate through the turn. For me, it was accelerate down the fall line. I felt more in control that way.
3. It seems really long days I can handle as long as I can get some sleep. I’m functional with 6 hours.
Three Things I Would Do Differently
1. No matter what I’m doing the day before a race, try to keep to a regular eating schedule. I think my body didn’t adjust to eating at such odd times.
2. Calm the fear demon.
3. Looked around more. I was so focused on surviving this race that I wasn’t paying much attention to how beautiful my surroundings were.