Trail running race 4:53:08  23.49 mi (12:29 / mi) +1224m 10:44 / mi
shoes: Topo MT3
Ragged 80M Stage 2. This time I wanted to be carful with energy managemnent (read: no cramping!) But today the weather helped along as it was raining on and off to the halfway point (aid station) at Newbury. I also ate my morning breakfast (ham, cheese and egg muffin) just before the aid station. That and the cool temps gave me all the energy I needed for the climb up Mt Sunapee. In fact I ended up carrying way too much water and edibles, that I never touched.
Spending too much time at the aid station (fiddling with pack etc). Chris, Don and Brian got ahead of me - all behind the top 4 again (Brandon, Tom Peter and Jeffrey). So I was 8th. I caught up to Brian and Don on top of Mt Sunapee, to my surprise, I tought I was climbing slowly. Great!
Then I "drafted" behind Brian, the "mountain man" who likes to explode on the downhils. It was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time - we left Don way behind and passed Chris. I would have been much slower doing this alone - cautious as I naturally am.
Then on the 2 miles following on the flats on dirt road and paved road - Brian fell behind, Chris moved ahead, I followed and then passed him solidly, and was now about 2 min behind Peter. Jeffrey, Peter, Don and Chris and Tom all missed the left turn off in the big field (2 blazes on a tree on the left about 40 meters - again I was expecting a left turn based on the map and spotted it easily - we also had been warned about it at the briefing).
Then jogging towards the town of Sunapee, which took a long time to get to on more ups and downs, and some marshy low points. I had been nordic skiing on parts of the trail in March, so the deja vu was giving me a bit of energy, now that the heat started to build up. I was surprised not seeing anybody. Once in town, our route left the SRG greenway but I followed the blazes up School Road, but could not figure out the continuation. Knowing the the Middle School finish should really be on North Street, I bailed, backtracked and finished rather slowly, losing about 4 minutes. Jeffrey - a youngster who still had more energy than I did, just passed me before the finish, he did the same thing - shortly thereafter the organizer put direction sign up. . So I was third. What the heck!