This race report has been brewing and stewing for the better part of 2+ weeks. I should be over the moon on cloud nine after just turning 40 in December and earning my first masters national title and running a 100km PR, right? HA, the irony of life! Howard Jones has sung about it, even Alanis Morissette. No matter how many times I slice and dice it, rationalize it, strategize it, replay it, etc., the truth of the matter is I went out too fast. There, I said it. Precisely, 16 seconds per mile too fast in the first 5 miles, and 23 seconds per mile too fast in the subsequent 5 miles. That was enough to put me 3 ½ minutes ahead of my intended time with over 50 miles to run, and enough to ensure that I would give ALL of it back and THEN some. The morning was TOO PERFECT and the running was TOO GOOD early on and I got carried away. Big-Lesson-Learned. Jorge Maravilla, David Laney, and Chikara Omine flat-out dominated the course and ran near-perfect races.
Huge kudos to David Hanenburg and Endurance Buzz for compiling this sweet pre-race program http://endurancebuzz.com/2014/01/08/2014-bandera-trail-run-preview/ , post-race recap: http://endurancebuzz.com/2014/01/21/bandera-trail-run-2014-results-jorge-maravilla-and-meghan-arbogast-earn-100k-wins-in-the-sun-and-sotol-fun-of-south-texas/ , and Bonus Q&A including some play-by-play of how the rest of the day unfolded: http://endurancebuzz.com/2014/01/21/2014-bandera-trail-run-bonus-qa-with-meghan-arbogast-paul-terranova-liza-howard-and-ford-smith/
Rick Kent, Craig Mitchell, and the EnduroPhoto team captured some great images: http://www.backprint.com/view_user_event.asp?PID=bp%18sA&EVENTID=122419&PWD=0&LAST=terranova&BIB=16
Thanks also for the mighty Roy Pirrung for his USATF representation, doling out the medals, patches, checks, and his summary: http://www.usatf.org/News/Course-record-set-at-100-km-Trail-Championships-in.aspx
Up next is Sean O’Brien 50km out in California. After 2 snow/ice storms in Texas, Meredith and I need some west coast time and sunshine. Then…it’s my turn to be ultra-sherpa at Ultraman Florida, can’t wait to support my wife in her epic journey like she has for me SO many times!!! Thanks for reading.