I walked / ran the up and down section of the trail that heads around Mt. Elbert and eventually comes to a nice downhill into Twin Lakes. I did not feel bad, but my IT band was in so much pain that I could NOT run the down hills.
I finally figured out how to put all of the weight on my left leg and run downhill. This was going to be a long day if this kept up. I was not going to let this beat me. I did not however record any video during this section since I was in concentration mode. Jason also pulled one of his Houdini impersonations by vanishing. This is the section where Anton got lost going out. I laugh because I know the exact place he got lost and where 2 guys in front of me made the wrong turn. What is funny is that when you are going as slow as I was, you have plenty of time to see the markers. I finally ran into Twin Lakes holding onto an almost 30 minute gap against my original goal. Despite my pain, I was making good time. As I stumbled downhill into Twin Lakes, recording of course, I saw my crew. I was happy, excited to have run 40 miles so far and be ahead of plan.
My nutrition plan for the day was working:
Thermolytes every hour (1, 2 or 3 depending on heat, effort)
Gu Gels every hour (1 or 2 depending on heat, effort)
EFS in my water (electrolytes supplement)
Aid Station and Crew Supplied Hard Food like Subway (Italian bmt toasted), peanut butter snacks, ramen, potatoes and salt (the best food of the day).
As I sat down, a local resident yelled at my crew to move a bicycle that was laid against a fence. She was worried that the bike would knock the entire fence down. My crew just looked at her and told her to do it herself.
As I sat down in Twin Lakes, I ate well, smiled and mentally prepared for the Hope Pass throw down! At this point, my pacing team was not ready turned to find out. As I left Twin Lakes, I knew that would see Team T-Rex next. See you in Windfield.
Note: It was awesome to see all of the crews. I felt like all of the crews were there for me: Claire and Russ, Angie, Sarah, Kelly, Jen, Misa, Jeffrey. It was such a joy to see everyone. They were there which meant that the rest of my family was also out on the course. That was an awesome feeling.