Let's talk about the race - what were the highs and lows (metaphorically or physically) for you? Did you struggle at any point? I know you had a goal of finishing within the 24 hr mark too. What was your favourite part of the course?
There were many high points in the race, but there were also a lot of low points that I struggled through. Climbing the escarpment and running through the high country for the first few hours of the race with my friend Dennis was spectacular and an experience that I will always cherish. Dennis dropped me when I needed to use the toilet at Red Star Ridge Aid Station (Mile 15.8). I was originally planning to aim for the 24 hour pace throughout the race, but by Robinson Flat (Mile 30) I was already feeling some nausea, so I started to slow down and just focus on not throwing up. Most runners would probably just keep pushing, throw up and move on, but I still had that fear in the back of my mind about throwing up from my 2018 incident. So I decided I would focus on finishing but try to tame the stomach.
Running through the canyons was spectacular as always. My stomach was mostly behaving in the canyons until I climbed up to Devil's Thumb (Mile 47.8). I took a long break at Devil's Thumb and drank lots of broth to try to settle the stomach. Then I walked for a few kms before starting to slowly run again on the descent down to El Dorado canyon. After Michigan Bluff (Mile 55) I took it slow and just grinded it out. My coach Justin joined me from Foresthill to Rucky Chucky, and then my brother Tom came through the river with me and ran with me for 16 miles.