Normally we’d hate to toot our own horn, but we totally called this one: Tera rocked Red Rock this past weekend. OK, we may be a little biased, but she absolutely killed it on this 50 mile race! We caught up with her post race and picked her brain on how she felt the race went.
Overall, how was the race? Did you get “gritty”?
In one word, amazing! We had to say an oath at the beginning of a race stating, “If I get lost, hurt, or die, it’s my own damn fault,” so considering I didn’t get hurt, lost (just confused at times), and lived to run another day, I think I fared well. In all seriousness, I’m thrilled with a finishing time of 10:09, second by 6 minutes (a young lady passed me with gusto about 12 miles from the finish) and 6th overall. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. I also met my goals by finishing before it got dark and gained some grittiness out there for sure!
What was the hardest/most challenging part of the race?
Two things: 1. Heading downhill for 6 1/2 miles to the turnaround at the halfway point and knowing we had to climb right back up. That section had very technical footing with boulder-like rocks and sand. It never seemed to end. 2. Heading back up took an hour and a half, and my quads started cramping. That’s when I began pounding the salt, which seemed to help.
What was the best part of the race?
Again two things. 1. Having to get our handcrafted Hawaiian finisher’s award at the top of Montecito Peak around mile 22. It was a short scramble that took a total of 10 minutes, but just killer on the legs and we almost had to put our hands to the ground. We had to wear the medal the rest of the race and present it to the finish line personnel in order to stop the clock. 2. When my buddy, Scott, who was also racing, literally stopped in his tracks as we passed by one another and put his hands on his hips to ask me if I was enjoying the course yet! I was laughing inside and thinking, what a goofball, but only managed a wry smile and grunt.
Do you feel like you were prepared? Were you happy with your training?
I was so lucky to have a couple friends prepare me mentally for the climbs and technical footing that the race brought and to get me out on some brutal training runs. I believe I did what I could with the time I had. Working full time with a family only allows for so much in this spot. I don’t have a “normal” social life.
What did you learn from this race?
Always remember that it’s more than a race. It’s an amazing adventure with some of the best company around that I am lucky to be apart of. And there are some truly amazing sights in the Santa Ynez Mountains surrounding Santa Barabara. I definitely want to go back there with my family and do some camping.
What’s up next on the schedule?
Rest, eat turkey, and enjoy Christmas with my family. Western States lottery on Dec. 7th will be the deciding factor of many races in 2014, but regardless of that outcome, I’m seriously looking at Sean O’Brien 50M on February 1st.