Ultra 520K Canada, 25:43:11, 4th place overall
Ultra520kCanada is three day multi-sport event which includes 10k of swimming, 425.6k of cycling, and 84.4k of running. It is considered one of the most gruelling events on the planet.
Day 1. 10k swim, 150k bike. 8:02:50
The journey to the start line of Ultra520kCanada had pushed me to the brink. Somehow I had balanced twenty-five hour training weeks, writing a memoir, and a part-time job. In the past year both the physical and emotional stress had reached new pinnacles. Often, for self perseveration, I had to suppress the emotional stress. I had too much going on, and at times, I hated training. I wanted the race to be over so I could address the issues and pain percolating in my life. And so it was, that I stood at the start line of Ultra520kCanada feeling excited, yet mostly relieved...continue reading...
day 2. 275k bike. 8:50:10
Stage one was done. I drank a two litre banana smoothie, grabbed a water bottle, and hopped onto the massage table. Back at the hotel I rested, while my crew prepared for stage two.
I had been unable to remove the broken bolts in my aero bars, so I moved to plan B. I unscrewed the still functioning pad then taped the cushions to the bar. The new position was both lower and less comfortable, however, it was only 275 kilometres. How bad could it be?
The lights were out by 7pm.
There was no ceremony at the start of day two. I chatted with a few other racers; all the while an eager, yet trepidatious air permeated. The riders lined up and the race started...continue reading...
Day 3. Run 84.4k. 8:50:11
Day two was done. I checked in at a motel, had a second dinner, and went to bed; I had a double marathon to run in the morning.
The following morning, a cool breeze swept the start of the race. 7 am approached and I reluctantly removed my warm layers. I walked to the start, ready to toe the line with the other athletes.
The race began and the runners took off. Idle conversation illuminated an otherwise empty road. After one kilometre someone joked that we only had eight-three more to go.
In order to achieve my goal time of finishing in under twenty-seven hours, I needed to run a ten hour double marathon; I was confident I could go sub nine...continue reading...