Ultra #5- What did I get myself into?!?

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...

 

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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.  

 

Glad to be done...now to cool off in lake!

Glad to be done...now to cool off in lake!