Friday, July 8, 2011

Vertical Challenge Race report..... Coles Notes version.

I made it to the race and saw Gailanne. Soooooo awesome.

Was very hot and very humid by the end of the first loop (2 loop course). I was starting to overheat.

Got dizzy and felt nauseous..... Had decided to drop but after catching up with Gailanne I pressed on.

Went through several more dizzy/ nauseous spells......

Had what I figured to be an asthma attack (have experienced breathing difficulties on 2 long, hot runs this season... WTF?).

With about 5k to go I started having another 'attack' which lasted the rest of the race..... Couldn't catch my breath.

Kept moving towards Gailanne's reassuring voice. She kept me going when I wanted to lay down and die quit. She stuck by me the entire time and I am so appreciative. I hope that one day I can return the favor. Thank you Gailanne :-)

I crossed the finish line in 7 hours and 35 minutes.... barely making the 8 hour cut off!

The vertical challenge was just that... challenging. I covered 50 kilometers and 1750 meters of vertical ascent (5741.46 Feet).

'That which doesn't kill you only makes you stronger' (that seems to be an ongoing mantra this year).

Will (eventually) post some photos.

How do you handle racing/ training in the heat?

Gotta run.

Location:Wonderland Rd N,London,Canada

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