I signed up for Icy-8 in October, as a way to get back on the fitness, and began to commit in late November. But quickly developed a groin issue. After months and months of no fitness, then the groin and a calf wonk, I knew I didn't really
have what it takes for a solid effort at Icy-8, but I had rented the cabin, and was committed, so went anyway.
I'm glad I did, as it was a good time, even though the race itself was pretty painful. I went out at the 48-mile pace, just to see, and it was quickly evident that I didn't have 10s in me for 8 hours, so downgraded to the 40-mile pace, which was great, till (only) about mile 10, when my groin pain really hit me. I gritted my teeth through the rest of the race, enjoying the moments of camaraderie, nice woods (bald eagles, great blue herons, some coyote scat, pileated woodpecker), perfect weather (40s and sorta sunny), and some tunes. Had a nice last 3 miles chatting with the Groundhog winner, who did 9 of the 4.7 mile loop, to edge me out by a couple of miles.
So it was great motivation to get my appointments in order, and get my gut fixed. Because otherwise it's just no fun.2021-02-08 Edit:
results are up at https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=796...