In November, typically I fret and implore for snow “please so we can ski”. Then it’s already March bringing bouts of indecision whether to spring-ski or to mountain-run “should I get a snow tan or get my legs ready for running?” And then I daydream of ridges and scrambles with friends, with growing impatience for the snow and ice to leave. There’s a narrow window within each turn of season to make the most of every delicious activity. I mean, yes – it is fascinating to see hardened cyclists on the sea-to-sky highway in sleet and -7c. And I know many ‘pure runners’ in the community who race year-round … but for me, life is a perpetual succession of exciting build-ups and wistful recollections between sports.
So, where were we?
|Sasamat Lake, Belcarra Regional Park, Saturday 6:30am|
Ah yes. I just ran DV50 with lots to say about it. But first, let’s check-in with our interviewees from the previous post (see Tuesday, April 1).
Josh: had stomach issues and wasn’t thrilled with how his day went, but pleased enough to beat his previous finish time. Finished 5:04, good for 3rd place AG male.
Sarah: also had tummy issues and problems trying to take-in nutrition, but still had lots of fun. Finished 5:32, good for 2nd place overall female.
Jacek: DNS. Still recovering from Achilles tendonitis (get well soon!)
Jackie: said “I just couldn’t get going in the first 2 hours” ... but she found her groove after the Vista trail. Finished 5:52, good for 3rd place AG female.
|Josh and Jackie, pre-race good luck hugs|
Leading up to race day, it seemed there was a collective nervousness. Many shared feelings of “omg not ready!” Especially, after reading several blogs about how some were actually spot-on with their training and eager to test their might. Me too nervous, but having previously declared that I wouldn’t get overly concerned about my lack of running-specific fitness, and that I would train through the taper phase, then I was fully prepared to accept whatever the day would bring.
|Wednesday night power hike on Lynn Peak with Graham, Aran and Jason|
|Mountaintops + friends = happiness! |
Photo by Jason Work
Classic beautyI’ve done DV once before. Long time ago, with an agonizing finish time. And swore I would never again enter a spring ultra … oh well haha.
Nonetheless I toed the start line with a time in mind, if solely for the purpose of relying on a goal to pull me through the lowest points – which for me were going to be the gravel roads, and basically any section that requires good running form. For certain, I was expecting hamstring cramps coming down Eagle on the back half.
I had a stellar day. None of my usual crashes, leg cramps, or throwing-up. I even had decent turnover on the flats, and surprised myself racing the descents (which I rarely do). I ran the first half conservatively, holding back the jets and forcing nutrition down. Then progressively pick it up until I was going full gas. Aiming for 6hrs, I finished 5:46, good for 4th overall female.
|Beautiful BC forest - Photo by Jay Klassen|
This race is a classic beauty and why so many want to experience it. The views are uplifting, the technical sections keep you alert, and the many playful bits allow for top speed. I can’t say enough about the organization and the volunteers. I especially appreciated the communications from Wendy along the way, and the group’s encouragements on the FB page.
|Sarah (2nd place female) with Wendy (race director)|
Ed (winner and record breaker), Chris (2nd), Jason (3rd), Daniel (3rd AG)
A few more pics on instagram
PS: I aim to explore more in that area. I ran parts of the Swan Falls trail (video) with friends a couple of times, but hostile weather turned us short of the summit, twice. The Dilly Dally loop is 25km, 1150m elevation gain, and on my radar for next weekend!