A half marathon with ~4000 ft of climbing. I’m in. I was debating it, since I had a goal to race less to allow for more effective training, and it was between two 50ks that are 4 weeks apart. But there was too much good about it: Las Trampas, crazy climbing, and compulsively finishing Brazen’s ultra half series.
It turned into a long, slow, hot, steep day. The trails were gorgeous, especially the first half, and the second half had some of the best views in the east bay. Somewhere in the last climb of the first loop I slowed dramatically on a very steep portion, and the long steep climb into the second half went the same way. But it’s finished. In well over three hours. This would be a good one to come back to--it's close, hard, and has all my weak points in it. DL and JB ran this too--we've been crossing paths at races a lot lately.
Written Dec. 2014--catching up on all of this fall.