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Sulphur Springs Trail race report

Decker
DeckerModerator

Was a great day out, though the heavens opened with thunder and a bit of lightning just as I got there and did not stop until we were done (of course). I was just happy to be there after having dealt with some health issues earlier in the week. But they were gone today. I already knew this would be tough from the Orientation 20k loop we did a few weeks back. The rain today turned the trails to squelchy soup, and I realized my trail shoes were great for up and down hills, but had no traction left to right for banked hills. And so I face planted, not once but twice. That’s why my pants are more muddy than average trail use. :) I also now know what the mud there tastes like

With so many hills and mud in the rain, I just kind of said ‘whatever’, let’s roll with it and it was a lot of fun. I wound up walking many of the big hills again, and the scenery was just beautiful. The foliage was green and full of life. There was also a raging river in the middle somewhere. At the end I was so wiped I just collapsed next to a tent and did not get my medal until I realized 20 min later in the banana lineup! 😁. Met a couple of the Ninja runners there too which was great. They are seasoned trail runners and much faster than me. My avg pace was 7:03 and finish time was 2:56 for 25k; two minutes shorter than my Around the Bay 30k race. Those hills were challenging!

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SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatHalf Marathon

Whoohoo! You rocked those trails today. I’m so glad your earlier health issues didn’t prevent you from participating today. So are you a convert now, searching for more trail races or prefer the faster road races? I like the “whatever” attitude of a trail race, excited to finish upright versus always trying to get faster and faster, but I know not everyone is a fan of the unpredictable and slower pace. You’re a seasoned trail runner now that you’ve tasted the dirt, you know 😂

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to SaskAlliecat

Yes it was awesome. I will definitely be doing more trail training runs and maybe a race or two. Also because this was an ultra, their snack game was amazing with PBJ sandwiches and spring rolls and some of the stations. Learned not to carry extra water bottles and to leave my rain jacket in the car next time. They really weighed me down at the end. Overall I was just happy to have gotten there.

Windoze
WindozeHalf Marathon

Wow that looks awesome! Great work Decks! Massive congrats 😎😎😎🥳🥳🥇🥇🥇

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to Windoze

Thanks Windoze it was great fun!

mrrun
mrrunMarathon

Well done, old boy, THAT is some serious business! I see that your image is slowly following your chosen races and fully expect to see you, mid-race, quickly jumping in a river, catching a salmon and devouring it like them grizzly bears on nature programs. l am well impressed but can't see myself in a red Bulls top landing in a pool of mud, face first. London fashion police would disown me in an instant.

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to mrrun

It was more like amateur geezer flails his way around wheezing like a steam train. 🤣I should’ve worn a Raptors jersey. Our city is manic this morning with the Toronto Raps going to the NBA finals for the first time in history!

mrrun
mrrunMarathon
in reply to Decker

You may describe yourself as an amateur geezer, but you've still done the works, my friend - doing that distance, doing it in the circumstances you've described, that business is hardcore - respect to you!

As for the Raps? Well, wow, l wish you fellas all the best!

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to mrrun

Thanks mate, yes I think facing Golden State will be a different kettle of fish, but they are ready for it!

mrrun
mrrunMarathon
in reply to Decker

l love my basketball. Nicks doubted Jordan, he ended up in Chicago. They were the new boys and did what they did. At that time Golden State were what exactly? Exactly.

You and l were a duet of pedestrians a few seasons ago. Now we call some shots in our own game and none can take it away from us. 👍

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to mrrun

Well said!

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon

What a great race report, Decker! Sounds like a fantastic and very challenging course 😮 and the muddy pictures bring it all to life! So tired you forgot the BLING? Now that says it all! (Glad you got it though - its fab!) Rest up well, you deserve it!😀👍

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to Sandraj39

Thanks Sandra, yes I’ve even more respect for these trail running people now. I still need more hill training. Glad I remembered the medal too :) And the swag was nice with a duffel bag and my new favourite coffee mug!

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon
in reply to Decker

Um...I think you ARE one of "these trail running people" now, Decker!🙂 Enjoy your coffee!☕️

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to Sandraj39

Not so sure about that, after just the one, maybe by next year 😊

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoMarathon

Great fun! 🤣😂 you were supposed to rinse in the river 🤣🤣

Well done on getting through. Traction, or lack of, on mud is always interesting! Hills are the icing on the cake dontcha know!? 👍😉😎

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thanks Jo, I think you would have enjoyed this one, minus the face plants of course. Next time I will clean off in the river 😊

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoMarathon
in reply to Decker

Who me!? Oh no... I don't like getting muddy! 🤣😂 I leap over the puddles like a gazelle with a fat arse! 🙈😂 I would have liked the hills though! 👍😎

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Well, one of the 100mile veterans told me its the only time in the last 8 years he’s seen it rain, so maybe next year? Plenty of hills to go round.

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoMarathon
in reply to Decker

There are indeed. I'll bear it in mind if I ever make my way over again 👍😁

aliboo70
aliboo70Half Marathon

Just a bit muddy then! Well done Decker you did great, i love your enthusiasm! ! 😊🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃✔

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to aliboo70

Thanks Ali. Who knew mud was so much fun?

aliboo70
aliboo70Half Marathon
in reply to Decker

You need to come to the iow in winter we love mud here!!! 😊x

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to aliboo70

Haha I would love to!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Twice!!! Eek, glad you're OK!

You ate up that course in more ways than two, though - jolly well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to roseabi

Surprised it was only two spills, many more near misses. I should get my balance checked maybe. 😁Thanks Abi

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

Sulphur springs? can't imagine that mud tasted very good! You're really powering through your races at the moment! No stopping you. I'm quite tired just reading that report ... Great job :)

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to linda9389

There was a strange lingering scent to the water there. More floral than Sulphur. 😊 That’s it for me for awhile I think. I just have the Waterfront marathon in October to train for now.

linda9389
linda9389Moderator
in reply to Decker

'Just' 🤣🤣🤣

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