|Sean riding Iron Wyll|
|Pre-race meeting and strategizing|
|Horse and people camp|
|Geared up and ready|
That second loop was really beautiful and the running conditions were perfect. I ran up the hill, passed first by Jim's daughter and then by Mary. John never caught me, which certainly made me nervous. I slowed down to an easy jog (on purpose, not from fatigue) through the last two miles of single track hoping he'd catch up, but he never did. I ended up waiting at the entrance to the vet check for at least 10 minutes. Just as we were about to send a rescue party, there he comes trotting slowly down the trail. I take him and walk him into the vet check, then head out onto the third loop. I was definitely tired going up that hill, and had to walk a few times. I saw Mary trying to find the easy boot, but couldn't help her. Up and up and up, then across the ridge, until the guy in the truck at mile 30 told me that Wyll had been pulled. So, I just kept on chugging, and saw Mary one more time on the last two mile stretch again fiddling with the easy boot. I'm really sorry that happened, what a bummer.
I had a wedding to go to which started at 3:30, so I couldn't stick around to chat as I was already obscenely late. Anyway, I really had fun and next time I hope we have a more even race.