Scott, our friend Shawn and I drove up to Hanson Hills the day of the race. It meant for an early morning, but I was able to sleep the whole way up (like usual!)
We started with the elite men, and the first mile or so was completely flat with a sand pit or two. Very Lumberjack like. I had to spin my brains out but managed to stay with the lead women. It was painful, but NOT as painful as the intervals Andy had me doing earlier in the week. Instead of going into shock my lungs were like, "ok, we can do this!"
A few miles in I decided to go for it. The climbs weren't long, but a few were pretty steep. I had to mash my brains out to get to the top.
I felt tired during the 2nd lap, but started to feel better during the 3rd. Probably because I knew the finish line was in sight. I think that I went out pretty hard and need to work on being able to hold that pace. I have a feeling more hard intervals will be in the near future!
Now I'm headed off to Chicago to pick up my middle sister from the airport. It's 4 a.m. and lots of coffee is in order!