It has been over two months since the ITI. I jumped right back into work and barely able to take a breath with sporadic workouts. I had some tingling in my hands but overall recovery was excellent. I have been running mostly and went for an 11 mile run today at a 7.33 pace, and felt just fine. I feel like the race strengthened me overall and am looking forward to.... well something I think? Any ideas....? Billy has made it in to Fairbanks, crazy guy. Impressive.
The end of my race has not been told and it has faded but I do remember I finished.
February 27th, 9am: When I pulled out of Nikolai it was 9am, 2 hrs after I arrived. I stumbled from the checkpoint into a clear and cold day. My ass hurt but it kept me alert till I could actually sit on the bike. Then I aired up the tires as hard as possible and started turning those peddles. My GPS read 9-11 mph the first 15 miles. It was great. I just kept plugging away as midday approached and ate and drank as much as possible while riding.
I have done this section in a little under 6 hrs as my fastest in 2010 and as high as 12 hrs in 2008. Last year during a horrific bonk and at least -50 it took 9 or 10 hrs. I kept the peddles turning and felt pretty good, saw no one behind me but no one in front either (not that I expected after a 5-7 hr lead time). At a very anti-climatic 4pm-ish I rode into Peter and Tracy's driveway for the 5th time. It was good to have my fastest time in 2hrs over 3days and 6th place but a bit bummed too-- 6 hrs behind the winner, JP. The next two days were a fun filled wait for Penn Air and watched a ton of racers arrive. It was great to hang out and chat with racers those days but I was ready to go home. Some would continue on and I would be able to greet them in Nome 2 weeks later. Maybe that will be me next year! I just may have to ride home....again.