Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dec 6 Hawaii Xterra Trail Race

Aloha from Hawaii!! We arrived on Dec 4th and I raced the Xterra World Trail Run Championships Dec 6th!! With little to no heat acclimatization my sister and myself set up at the start line not knowing what we were in for. A few top names were at the race and me, haha!!
The race was held at the Kualoa Ranch on the north west shores of Oahu. It was a beautiful sunny day and the race started a little late due to the long line ups at the porta potties- surprise.
Have you ever been to a race where there were enough of them???
As for the run the trail was not technical but the climbing and heat took its toll on most of us, especially us pasty white folk from somewhere cold BC!! Luckily I took my own fluids and was able to drink when I needed to which was more often than the aid stations. I found myself walking after the first half hour and thought when is this going to be over!! Not a good thought when you have probably only completed 5 of the 21km. After an hour of running in the heat I started to feel somewhat warmed up and ready to run. The veiws were spectacular and while walking up a few hills I took the time to enjoy it. The downhill portion was slippery mud and long grass. I was cautious as I descended knowing I needed my ankles for next weekend. I finished the race feeling good and strong and ready for the next weekends challenge of the Honolulu Marathon!!
Wish me luck!!