We woke up at 4 a.m., ate breakfast, and headed out to the race. The GPS turned us around and I was getting worried, but we made it there a little before 6. I think this is going to be one of my favorite races that Robbie does. After I dropped him off (while he was running 50 miles in the freezing cold) I got to go home and go back to sleep. 😛 I love how close this race is!
Robbie has never taken a jacket when running an ultra before, but I encouraged him to and he ultimately decided to wear it. It was probably colder than 40 degrees when we arrived at the start line, and he knew it would only get colder once he went higher up into the mountains.
I headed back towards Montebello and the finish line and got there around 3:30 p.m. The views on the way there were so crazy gorgeous. I was trying not to wreck and take pictures at the same time.
Robbie had been hoping for around a 10 hour finish time, but he realized throughout the race that it was a lot harder than he had anticipated and he would not be finishing in his goal time. I was getting a little worried when 10 hours had passed, but I figured with the weather and it being a course he had not run that it may take him longer than expected. I was, however, not pleased that the live stats were not actually live. Since I didn’t go to any aid stations this time, I had no idea where he was or how he was doing at all after the second aid station.
I parked my car so that I could wait inside and watch for Robbie to run in. It was so cold outside that I stayed in my car until I saw him running down the home stretch.
After the Iron Mountain 50 miler, he was really nauseous and felt like he was going to be sick when he crossed the finish line, but not this time! He figured out that he needed to lower his sugar intake when racing and he ate the right combination of foods and made sure to stay hydrated. I’ve told him before that it’s not fair how he looks perfect after a race. Like he didn’t even run at all. It just aint’ right.
Robbie had leg problems from mile 5-20 and almost dropped out, but he kept pushing and finished strong and most importantly had a ton of fun! The course was a lot harder than he had expected but he had a great time and loved the gorgeous views.
I’m so proud of him! I’m so glad that I’ve been able to be at every ultra that he has run so far. I am so proud of how much he has accomplished in just a year!! Can’t wait to see how he does next year!