This is me at the top of the second climb, to Windy Peak. I was considering stopping for a nap here, because I was pretty beat by this point. The volunteers working there were nice enough to take a photo of me in front of the mountains.
You can also see the storm clouds moving in in this photo. I got rained on for the last few miles, but it was not heavy rain and it was still warm out, so it was actually kind of nice. But I was glad to be off the peak before I needed to worry about lightning. This did mean that by the time we got back to Golden, there was a full-blown thunderstorm going on. I had originally planned to do another, shorter run in the afternoon, to get my total mileage for the day higher, but the weather was bad and I was really tired. Instead, we ran up Green Mountain today, bringing my weekend total to 19 miles in just over 5 hours. Hopefully this is as good as a 5 hour run…
Despite feeling very slow, this race still obeyed my rule of halves, which is that if I take my race time and divide by two, I get the top finisher’s time. This seems to be true for any race distance and condition. My time here was 3:30, and the top finisher was about 1:45. I am a little worried, though, because I looked up last year’s North Fork times, and the top finisher was 4:40, meaning it should take me 9:20. I was hoping for under 8 hours, but we’ll see!
Time to get on a plane.