Packing up for the Mohican 50-miler. My only goal is to earn 2 more points toward Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, giving me 4 of the 7 I need. If that happens, then I will need to finish either the Death Race or the Oil Creek 100 to get the final 3 points. It would be nice to come out of this weekend without the pressure of needing to finish both of those longer races - not to mention the knock to my confidence if I can't finish this shorter race. Too many people I know did not finish their first Death Race, and they were all better runners than I. I sure don't count on it.
I have 32 hours to do Mohican since they don't have separate cut-off times for their different race distances. A typical 50-miler cut-off time is in the 12-14 hour range so it is very achievable - but as all endurance athletes know, you don't count your chickens. There will be DNFs at Mohican - twisted ankles, heat-related problems, GI distress, blisters, etc. The important thing is to take it easy on technical trails on a hot day and avoid doing anything silly (forgetting to drink, slipping on a rock, going too hard, not taping up hot spots).
I'm excited that Ang is driving down with me, and a group of Ontarians will be there to race/pace/support the 50 and 100 mile events. Should be a fun weekend. Good luck to all of you who are racing too! Sending extra positive vibes to 'Bent, Tiny and The Shedman at ESAR! :)