Ragnar Del Sol can be marked off the bucket list for 2012.
The race went amazingly well.
Remember that revenge I was out to get after Carlsbad?
That is all sorted.
Leg1-8.7 miles VERY HARD course rating
I totally rocked it. I ran a 7:33 mile on this particular leg. I can't believe how strong I felt. It was deathly hot among the saguaros and desert roads. I didn't care. Not even the mega hill slowed me down. I was just pumped to do something huge and made it happen. It was natural and I daresay, easy.
Leg 2-6.1 miles HARD course rating
I ran this leg at approximately 9pm. I had ran the leg 1 aforementioned, only hours earlier, 10am. The major challenge in this leg was to handle running with a headlight bobbing up and down. Once I got that under control I was cruising. I also got stopped for what seemed like an hour, at a stop light. That was a bummer for my overall pace, but if anything, helped me speed up to make extra ground.
Leg 3-3.8 miles MODERATE course rating
Dead tired. I laid my sleeping bag out on the dirt in BFE at about 2 am. I enjoyed my nice cozy cocoon for 2 hours. I couldn't sleep, but just enjoyed laying down and being warm. At 4 am I started preparing for my final leg. I was cold enough that I was shivering and wearing tights. After getting used to the cold I got it under control and cranked out a 7:30 mile pace for the 3.8 miler. I was hauling. I am proud.
Here's the beef. I am allowed to have bad races once in a while. Carlsbad was good for me. It proved to me that I wasn't immortal. My spirits are up and I am gleaming from running a hot desert race that went well.
Life is good.