My first race of the year was on Saturday, June 6th. I ran the Kettle 50k, which is run in conjunction with the Kettle 100 and Kettle 100k. The 50k follows the same course, point-to-point, from Scuppernong to Nordic. This is the second half of the 100k, and miles 31-62 of the 100 miler.
I enjoyed this race for a couple reasons. First, the race starts at 2 PM, which is pretty cool. Totally different set up for me in terms of getting ready for it. It's a point-to-point, which I prefer also. And, there are a lot of people out on the trails to see.
Things I didn't like...I took a shuttle to the start from the finish area, and the shuttle had us at the start 2 hours early. I had nothing to do but burn through some calories, which kind of threw off my gut a bit towards the end. Second dislike: the course is a bit monotonous. Outside of the first 5-7 miles of single track and a stretch around mile 15-20, a lot of the course is meadow. Just mowed grass. Meh.
Also, the last 8 miles are on the Nordic Loop at Nordic which is the same trail that Ice Age uses. I am really starting to dislike that trail.
Still, I see myself going back next year. I can improve on a couple aspects of the run. I managed to win despite a 5 mile death march towards the end, and finished in 4:31. I went through the half way point in 2:03. Bit of a positive split, eh?
This past weekend I took part in the Elkhart Lake Triathlon on a relay team. I got after it for the 10k run and set a PR of 38:10 minutes. Fun times!
Now, it's on the Devil's Lake where I hope to figure out some of this heat/humidity running.