nationals write up
well, needless to say, this race did not go as planned.
nutrition - on. no stomach issues at all. ran my hammer mixes lean.
fitness - on. felt super awesome, legs were turning over easy and i felt like i had power to spare and was saving energy to push it in the night hours.
the unknown - mechanicals and injury is not something you can predict.
on the 4th lap, i went into a technical section and flipped over the bars landing on my back and on a rock. that said rock hit my rib.
i pushed on for the next 5 laps, eventually loosing my 3rd place position.
as my back got worse, it became evident i couldn't go on. i was having difficulty breathing and my back was getting tighter and tighter - so i pulled the plug at around 10 hours.
not really how i predicted the end of this race.
revised game plan - rest up, re-coop and mending of a cracked rib.