Well I never say this one comming. I DNF'd. I had been Ok last year, had a pretty good Vouageur 50 miler in July so I was pretty confident at finishing at least.
I was feeling really good actually especially through the 9 mile section of Crosby-Manitou to Caribou. The hills didn't both me there at all. I got a little worried before Cramer road when someone said we were in danger of being cut becaue the cut off was 1pm. I never never thought of being cut in this race, this is one race where I thought being cut for time was no issue at all. We actually got in at cramer at 1:15 but were not cut, I guess the cut off there is soft- if you look good you can go on. It woke me up though, I had not really felt like I was going that slow!!! Right before the temperance river aid station, I started to get sharp stomach aches (maybe I shouldn't have eaten those brownies and several cups of coke?), I took the few pepto bismol tablets I had with me and it helped. At temperance I was worried because I only had 4 hours to make it to Oberg, The time had gone so fast. It was during this section that the dreaded trips into the woods started. I think I stopped at least 5 times before Brittons peak. After brittons peak the trips into the woods continued I must have stopped another 5 or more times. I knew with all the stops and the slow running I was going to be close to not making the 7PM cut off. It also started raining during this section, but I made it to Oberg and after having several cups of soup and taking food with with me off I went, I had 3 hours to finish, I could easily walk and finish this last 7 miles, my feet and legs were doing fine.
It was not long after I left Oberg that I had to make another trip into the woods and I knew from how I felt that I had many more to come. I was shivering from being wet and cold and thought of the water I had been unable to drink and the inconvieience to everybody I would be if I got hypothermia in the middle of this last section. I like to think of myself as being tough but I shouldn't be stupid.
I was a hard decision but I turned around and ran back to Oberg. The aid station people were extrememly nice I remember feeling like they shouldn't be so nice, I felt like such a looser. I changed into some dry shirts and still couldn't get warm. I got a nice ride back to Caribou hylands in a car with heated seats.
After cleaning up I tried to get out to see everybody but I could not leave the vacinity of a bathroom. I heard the awards and cheering outside and the last of finishers comming in. Not being there at the end sort of hurt worse than anything else.
I learned alot, I need to get in better shape, My body needs alot of energy in a race like this and it has no extra energy for mishaps like this. I need to think about what I eat on the trail. Maybe I had better save the treats for after the race.
Overall though it was a nice day on the trail. I enjoyed the new course and look foreward to doing it again next year.