It was going to be cold on race morning and throughout the day. We all knew it. But was I going to let
months of training (including a 28 mile “training run” around all of Lake Georgetown) go out the window
because of a little cold? A small part of me said, “maybe”. But a larger part of me said, “Hell No!”
Given the weather, my one race goal turned into two:
1. Complete the 100K (62 miles) course
2. Stay warm the entire day
Goal #2 may seem like stating the obvious but I’m originally from Minnesota and I know what happens
once cold and chill sets into the body. The only way to get rid of that type of chill is to have access to
a hot tub or an electric blanket.
On Friday we drove two hours from Austin to Bandera. We picked up our race packets, went to the
pre-race meeting, and then enjoyed the pre-race pasta dinner with friends.
Map of Austin and Bandera
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Race day came and we were welcomed with 11 degree temps at the 7:30am start. As we made our
way through the park, we crossed a low water crossing which was wet but left a nice icy path on the
road from cars driving through it. A car actually got stuck and was spinning out because they couldn’t
make it up the slight incline past the creek. Four guys got out of the car in front of us and pushed them
up the hill. During the pre-race meeting we were told we would have to cross a creek and I was
hoping it wasn’t this one (it wasn’t).
We got to the race start and most people were bundled up but we saw the random tank top and/or
shorts too. I was wearing two layers on my bottom half: skins compression tights and fleece lined
Sugoi spandex pants, and four layers on my top half: base compression, technical long sleeve, fleece
lined long sleeve, and my “nothing gets through it” running jacket. A beanie hat, Buff neck bandana,