Stewart Mountain 10 Miler: Season Over!

I flew back from Hawaii to arrive in Victoria first thing in the morning on Friday.  That overnight flight from the islands is not a treat but the weather on arrival was.  Gorgeous sunny weather was on the menu for my first day home.  Too bad I wasted some of it falling into a coma. 

The next morning was Stewart Mountain… my most favorite of all Bob Reid and the Prairie Inn Harrier trail races of the season.¬† It is 10 miles up and over Stewart Mountain… and through/around everything in between.¬† This year it was a swim race.¬† Instead of giving us the option of many of the run around trails it was an exercise in run-throughs with every puddle and swamp leaving us with soakers.¬† Coming back from warm 27 degree plus weather… this was not my cup of tea.


It wasn’t as big a crowd as Gunner Shaw had attracted but the die-hard competitors were all there.¬† Rainy muddy conditions were on tap.¬† I was super excited to finish the season on a high note but unfortunately I left my legs in Hawaii.¬† I was¬†so tired and feeling SO bad.¬† I thought for sure I was coming down with the flu because I was in such a bad way in the race.¬† After about 2km I was resigned to a long run with a bunch of buddies enjoying the day.¬† I couldn’t get my heart to beat any faster or my legs to move any quicker.¬† It was like I was still asleep while I was in the race so just jogged it out.¬† I hate racing when I am not competitive but this race is special¬†¬†anyways so I was glad just to be there that day.¬†¬†The preparation was not ideal therefore not suprising¬†the result wasn’t either Laughing.

However it was not your garden variety long run as I described earlier.  Fjording swamps and then cleaning our shoes in glacial streams was a rude awakening that I was in winter Victoria.  BRRR!  Post race I had the shivers and had to bolt home on my cross bike because the system was not adapting to the weather in 24h.  Sorry to miss the chicken soup!

I saw Sara Baker run by me early in the race so congrats to her on the win.¬†¬† And congrats to Shane Ruljancich for winning the men’s race.¬† Thanks to Bob and the PIH volunteers for being the stalwart supporters of winter trail running by putting on awesome events year after year.¬† So fun to be a part of it.

I think my body has sent me a loud message… time for no racing for awhile!¬† I did do quite a bit of riding to try to get ready to start training for 2011 so I think it is just garden variety tiredness right now.¬† That XTERRA race is a monster.¬† Still, I have a couple of weeks of general preparation before the 2011 campaign starts in earnest.¬† I have some really cool announcements coming so stay tuned.¬† It is going to be another great year!

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