Well What can I say about the Freestate 40 miler that I haven't already said in the previous two years? Nothing really. I think my buddy Darin summed it up best. When he said that both he and I had been training pretty hard for this race and that we both had planned on taking the double here. With him winning the A-Main 100km event and me the B-Main 40 miler.
When race day arrived. It was the most perfect race conditions that anyone could've predicted for this race. Normally it's muddier than Hell. Not this year.
I knew the course was a little short. It always has been. I also knew with these conditions. That there was No Way! The course record for the 40 miler was going to remain intact after I crossed the line. And, since Darin shares the same brain with me. He was just as fired up about the prospect of doing the same in the 100km.
As luck would have it there would be NO breaking of the old course records this day in either race. As Bad Ben Holmes decided to make a route change due to the erosion issues they've been battling on the section of the course affectionately known as the muddy mile. This route change cut off about two miles of the old course. So to correct what would be obviously a very short 40 miler he made up the distance on the backside of the trail system. With the lightly used Cactus Ridge section. In doing this he added back roughly four miles. Which now made the course more true to what is advertised.
The course change was cool and I was totally O.K. with it. Darin and I actually caught wind of the route change a couple of days before the race because both his and my wife were working aide stations. We knew the course had been changed but Ben didn't let the cat outta the bag until just before the start. Once we heard where we were going I turned to Darin and said. "Oh Well! So much for the course record."
The start was given and we set off in search of what was now almost seemingly impossible to attain. I felt like I was in good enough shape to chisel 7 to 8 minutes off the old course record but now with the two extra miles. I would have to run like I've never run before. Instead of trying to kill myself though I just stuck to my game plan of 7:45's to 8's on the first loop. Then drop down a minute slower per mile on the second loop.
So this brings us to the million dollar question. Will I come back again next year? Is there a possible Four Peat in the works and if there is. Then what? Five? Six? Try and be like Lance and go for Seven? I don't know. It'll all depend on how I feel and what kinda shape I'm in at the time a month before I guess. For me to try to think about anything further out then the next race is crazy. Besides I want to take a shot at the 100km before I start to slow down.