Aside from being tired and slow, I had a great race! I like the format of Niagara, where you see all those faster than yourself nearing the turn-around, reaching the falls with its cool spray, then greeting those few runners who are still on their way to the 25K turn-around. Henri puts on a fine race and although not my favourite surface (pavement with a bit of camber) I love the scenery and "relaxed" atmosphere of the tourists. One drawback of Niagara is that there are all those wine tasting stations along the way, which a serious runner must ignore. Perhaps I should suggest a strategic option to Henri, for future years!
Lee Anne had another amazing race, clocking a 5:14 50K and is now third on the Ontario Ultra series leader board. I am doing well in my age category, which at 120 people, is the largest category.
Creemore Vertical Challenge Update
Plans are progressing well at this point. With 77 people signed up, the "small jug of maple syrup" perk is quickly coming to an end. I met with most of the land owners, who gave consent again this year, although they think that anyone trying to run 75K in the Creemore hills should be seeking medical aid...
Not sure how many of you purchase gels, electrolyte, etc. online, but Ryan at Hammer Nutrition says it is okay for me to divulge a small secret. You can get a 15% discount at the online Hammer store by using the following promo code:
Promo code: hammerCAN15
Most people reading this know about Hammer gels and HEED, but Lee Anne and I are now using Fizz, an aptly named electrolyte tab that dissolves in your water bottle. Hope this helps!