Well, so much for my ability to predict a performance.
As I had mentioned, I was hoping to break 4 hours at this run. I ended up having a great day--in all parts of the race--and finished in 3:37, and ended up winning too!
My nutrition was very good, and I did a great job of running my own race completely. That's tougher to do than one would think, as the course has so many big and little hills, that I was constantly yo-yo-ing with other runners...sometimes never getting more than 10 feet ahead or behind them. Still, I knew that I wanted to hike the major hills and set myself up to run the flats and downhills on the last loop. I was pretty successful on that front.
My slowest loop was my first (of four) loop, finishing in about 57 minutes. Then my splits went 53, 52, 54, so I did a good job of pacing. I also managed to take in over 400 calories of CarboPro on the second loop.
I know CarboPro is designed to be mixed with water at a certain solution so as to be very easily absorbed. I'm not sure if doubling the amount of powder I put in is a great idea, but with the help of an extra SCap, my stomach seemed to manage it, and my time on the 3rd loop obviously reflected that as well.
All in all, a great race. I earned a free entry in to next year's race, and being a cheapskate, it'll be hard to turn that down. Here is my Garmin Data...and now it's time to turn my attention to the Glacial Trail 50k in about a month. The entry list is peppered with some fast guys (from a 1:14 half marathoner to a 2:2x marathoner!!, along with some stud trail guys), so I'll have some help (hopefully) in breaking my goal of 4 hours.
Until then, go find some new trails to run!