We had an awesome house this year right off the lake thanks to Sarah's family - 6 bedrooms and 13 people and it didn't feel crowded at all. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was hanging out at the house with everyone - Sarah's family was wonderful - so welcoming and fun and it felt like being part of a big extended family for the weekend. So thank you Littlefields! Can't wait to see you at Lake Placid next month! Mindy and Bart, Dawn and Mike also stayed in the house and as Mindy would say, we crushed pizza and pints of ice cream like it was our job.
Sarah and I headed out of DC on Thursday night after the pm commute traffic died down, allowing us to have all day Friday (which also happened to be the first day of summer) to enjoy this:
|The dock we swam off of at Deep Creek Lake|
5:20am came early Saturday morning. I ate as many pancakes as I could (pancakes + nutella = winning). I made a huge batch of pancakes on Friday afternoon so I would have something substantial to eat pre-ride on Saturday morning. We were all sorely disappointed that I didn't finish the whole plate. Maybe next time. I actually managed to get my stuff together and get out the door with Sarah for an on-time 6am departure and we arrived at the top of Wisp and snagged a pretty great parking spot. I kept reminding myself that this was just a ride, not a race, and there was no reason to be nervous, but riding in Deep Creek always brings out the excited butterflies, whether or not there is a stopwatch on the line. I made sure my tires were pumped, waterbottles were filled with Skratch Labs, and jersey pockets and sports bra were stuffed with nutrition (this is what happens when you forget your bento box. Hooray for being a girl and needing a sports bra, saved the day!). I had made some Feed Zone savory bread cakes, I had an insane amount of Clif MoJo bars, as well as various flavors of Gu. We lined up at the start and I saw all my Ignite Endurance teammates/buddies.
|Dawn, Sarah, Mindy and I at the start. Seb and Mike photobombing. Nice :)|
|First aid station. We all look happy!|
|Rockstar Bob Young and I at Aid Station 6 - so close to being done!|
|AJ, Mindy and I - so glad to be off our bikes!|
I woke up starving at 6am, ate more leftover pancakes, grabbed my running shoes and headed out for a 2.5 hour run. I didn't take the Garmin because I didn't want to run on pace, but rather on feel. I expected to feel terrible on my run, but my legs felt surprisingly good. I thought about running to the base of Wisp, but ended up doing an out-and-back past the mountain. I learned that there are no flat places to run in Deep Creek. I hit a bit of a low point in my run around mile 15, but that only lasted a mile or so, probably related to hunger, and felt better once I took a gel. I think I got in about 17-18 miles. I felt better than last year, probably because I didn't try to run up Wisp. Sarah and I thought about going for a swim for a hot second but decided we'd had enough and headed back to DC.
It was an awesome, awesome weekend. Loved riding bikes and eating ice cream with some of my favorite people. Shout-out to Skratch Labs for the hydration mix, which definitely helped save my day; and ZocaGear for a comfy kit. I think the most sore part of my body are my forearms. I know, strange. Apparently you use your arms quite a bit when trying to pull yourself up hills. And now I'm off to bed, feeling deliciously tired and ready to sleep at least 9 hours!