The weather was superb; you couldn’t ask for a better day. And even all the animals came out to play ( watch the race), big horn sheep, mountain goats, marmots, deer. and a number of other creatures – runners.
A friend of mine, Jill picked me up in the morning – Thanks Jill! She was not very eager to run, Evan’s can be intimidating especially on windy days. She had a great run and beat her previous year’s time.
I also got to hang out with a bunch of old friends and they all cranked! Wyatt ran exactly what he said he would, sub 2:20 and ran 2:17. Lisa pulled a 2:23 winning her division. Zach an awesome 2:27 and also won his division.
My wife and kids came out to cheer me on, which was awesome. The kids had a blast watching the runners, animals, and the views. It was a perfect day.
Now I wasn’t completely happy with my time – 2:37:47, but I really didn’t train for this type of race. Honestly, I thought that all of the ultra training I have been doing would contribute some. It didn’t though and my time last year minus the wind was much faster. I have to keep in mind, that my goal is Leadville.
This year they brought back “The Rock”, which is given runners who finish in under 2 hours and 40 minutes. I barely made it with 2 minutes to spare.
Here is the breakdown of my time. I ran a 10:15 minute average pace for the first 11 miles, then started feeling dizzy and slowed down way to much. My pace for the last 3.5 miles slow down to 13:30 minutes average. I was shooting for a sub 2:30 and might have pulled it off, but the altitude really got to me. With all that said, I had a blast and still consider Evans to be one of my favorites.