I just finished Ultra #5 this past weekend. For the second month in a row, I had to piece together my Ultra because of logistic and scheduling issues, however I have a few races next month to choose from so I should be getting back into a proper ultra then. All that being said, I completed my 5th Ultra of the year and for that I'm excited. One of the races I did this weekend, the proceeds were donated to Team RWB. It's a great organization dedicated to getting veterans active and exercising. https://www.teamrwb.org/ Because of this, there was a very heavy veteran presence at the race. It was the first time I was able to really interact and share my story at a race, so I was really grateful for the experience.
Going into the race(s), I really didn't feel great. I was still feeling worn out, but seeing all the Team RWB shirts was pretty energizing for me. It took me about 8 miles to really feel good and loose and to find my rhythm, which is a little longer than it typically takes. I will talk about that more in the next podcast, so if you want to hear more about that, you have to listen...
The conditions were pleasant, overcast with temperatures in the low 50's....which makes this the highest temperature that I've ever raced in. I have no complaints about any of it and it was a good experience. Also, it might be a new place for me to come and train just based on the variety of terrain available and the beautiful views.
At the end of all of the races I had right around 28 miles, so I managed to cobble together my ultra and I had some good experiences as well. I'm looking forward to the next race where I can just have to worry about the race itself and not getting the mileage that I set out for to make an ultra, but with that being said, the past two months allowed me to share the experiences with my family and to interact with a large group of vets.