Sunday, May 3, 2009

Under-Trained and Frozen = DNF at Miwok 100k

Reality struck big time this past Saturday (5/2) as I ended up taking my first career DNF in a race (my long 1-year history of ultra's) at the Miwok 100k. Lots of emotion for me on this day and much of it was positive. The DNF basically came down to two things: Under-trained due to nursing injuries and frozen due to wind and cold rain. The combination ended up being too much for my body to overcome. More on this later. Before I get to the details, here are the final stats for the day (I would show this if I finished so I have to do it for a DNF):

Distance: 28 miles
Time: ~6 hours
Core Temp: Frozen

I setup reservations at a hotel in Sausalito for the weekend so I would have a quick ride to the race and a nice place to stay afterward to avoid driving all the way to Stockton. Plan was for my wife (Kristin) and I to arrive on Friday and enjoy some alone time and then have my parents and boys come in on Saturday to see the late stages of the race. So far so good. Enjoyed a great pasta dinner in dowtown Sausalito and then managed to get to bed at a decent hour after getting my drop bags and race gear ready for the next day. Set two alarms for 4:30 AM.

[Insert that stupid alarm clock sound and some extremely annoying music] Got up with no issues and the wife and I headed out the door at 5:00 AM. I had easy directions to the race but of course, never actually checked the route the previous night. That would have been a great idea since of course we ended up missing the key turn (too dark) and were heading straight for the Golden Gate Bridge. "Babe, please flip a U-turn now or I'll never make it back here". That would be right as we're about to cross where it says "No U-Turns". That was close. As we turn around I pick up the directions but we've now added on an extra 15 minutes. After trying to see in the fog and dark, we eventually make it to the starting area, 15 minutes until start time. No problem - I didn't want to wait out in the cold anyways. Only thing I wanted to do was register, fill up my water bottles, set out my drop bags and see if I could find anyone I knew. Will Gotthardt came by and said hello while I was in line to register and I found Rick Gaston and Suzanne Carrier and said hello to both. I had never met Suzanne before but had seen her all over the place and knew who she was through my friend and pacer for the day, Victoria. Was nice to meet her finally and didn't realize it at the time, but she would be mixed up in my later events and memories from this race. The race director called everyone to the beach for the start. Kristin walked me down with the rest of the runners and within minutes, we were off.

On the beach - ready to roll. Just fog here but the wet stuff is coming.

To be continued. Next up: Unclogging the start, "Oh my God, I'm running in a race!", 1st 10k done and changing weather. A few pictures as well. (if I could find my camera cable)


Donald May 4, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

Bad news. Sorry to hear about the DNF. Keep your head up, there will plenty of better days.

Suz May 4, 2009 at 12:06 PM  

This was a smart move on your part, Mike. It's hard to make the right choice, but we have long running careers ahead of us, and it's important to take care of yourself.

By the way, we did meet at Pacifica, but yes, I also tend to be around ;-)

209Mike May 4, 2009 at 1:56 PM  
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209Mike May 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM  

@Suz - I wasn't sure if you even remembered that meeting (was early).

Anyway, I think you're right about the decision. Under ideal conditions, it would have been a stretch - under those conditions - the body won. Good seeing you out there and way to run!

Rick Gaston May 4, 2009 at 2:55 PM  

A cliff hanger, can't wait for the next installment. It was a tough day just the kind of conditions that can aggravate an old injury or give you a new one. Every step was a tense one because you want to go forward and not slip at the same time.

Glorybelle May 4, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

I'm sorry about the DNF, Mike. Looking forward to reading more details about the entire experience. I have a feeling this just means you'll be running a kick ass race at Ohlone!

willgotthardt May 5, 2009 at 1:10 AM  

Hey worries on the DNF, see you at Ohlone (you remember the ROY club handshake, right?)

Will G.

Jo Lynn May 7, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

You were SO happy and jazzed when you came through TV aid station. I waited and waited as long as I could for you to come back through. Of course, once I heard and saw Victoria without you, I knew you had dropped somewhere along the way. I'm just happy you made it out of there safe. I hope to be able to see you again soon. ;)

Drs. Cynthia and David May 17, 2009 at 12:44 AM  

It was not a good day for many of us. I think the cold had a bigger effect than anticipated- seemed to suck the energy out of me. I didn't DNF, but worse, got pulled for not making the cutoff at Randall. At least you didn't suffer that indignity!

This just means you'll be more prepared next time! And that's a good thing.

Hope to see you on the trail sometime.


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