Last year I took on a long trail race that didn’t go as I would have liked. This past Sunday Patrick Cummings and I participated in the Wapack Trail Race. The 18 mile course runs from New Ipswich, NH to Ashburnham, MA and back over 4 major mountains, Barrett, New Ipswich, Pratt, and Watatic. Going into the race our primary goal was to finish.
I personally wanted to complete this event on my terms, not hobbling across the finish line. To make sure of this I put extra care into fueling the day before and morning of the race. Over the last year plus I’ve had plenty of CrossFit game days providing opportunities to test my nutrition plan. I also went into the day with a greater respect for the hills (or in this case mountains) than my previous experience, and a strategy: if you can’t see the top, walk.
The race itself went something like this, run along a narrow trail littered with roots and rocks, hike up a mountain, bomb down the mountain while attempting to avoid a fall to an untimely demise on said roots and rocks, repeat. Oh, and don’t get lost in the woods. The flat portions, mild ascents, and most of the downhills weren’t a problem. I felt like a gazelle (or some other critter that moves quickly on level ground, but doesn’t do hills) in a race against mountain goats, as many of the other, more experienced runners passed me on the long uphill hikes.
In every event, successful or not, there’s an opportunity to learn, and improve for next time. I did a better job preparing for this race, but I still began cramping up around the 20k mark. They came later, probably because this was a slower course, and were not so severe that they prevented me from running as during my last trail event, but cramps in my hips, hamstrings, and calves were still an issue. I’m taking away a few more ideas to combat them next time.
Overall I’m satisfied with my result. Patrick did great taking on this extremely challenging course, covering a much longer distance than anything he’s done in the past, and I’m wicked proud of him. Thanks to Lesley and Michelle for coming along and being an excellent support crew.
What did you do over Labor Day weekend? Post to comments.
September 6, 2011
Strength: Push Press 3-3-3-3-3
10 Wall Ball (20#/14#)
FIGHT GONE BAD 6: Less than 2 weeks left to register, fundraise, and prepare for Fight Gone Bad 6. This year the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Infant Swim Resource, and Camp Patriot are benefiting from the fundraising efforts. We’ll be running heats at CrossFit Fenway on Saturday morning, September 17th in lieu of an invasion workout. Athletes of all abilities are welcome, and encouraged to sign up and join in this amazing community event as a part of the CrossFit Fenway team.
Mama Said Knock You Out! On November 5th CrossFit Legitimus in Canton, Connecticut is hosting a CrossFit competition for moms only. Click here to register for one of the 60 available entries, and for more information, including the first 3 workouts.