Injured? Cancel the pity party, put on an apron (or not) and spend a little extra time in the kitchen with some new recipes that are tasty and good for your injured self.
The descent leading to the third climb was really fun technical running and the fog was really heavy making for an intense sensation of isolation and solitude. I turned on some music to put the mountain lion fears on the back burner and alternated between power hiking and shuffling up the steep third climb. Near the top I saw a coyote disappear into the mist beside the trail.
Because of the awesome coincidence of this race and my twin cousin's birthday happening the same weekend my family managed to get a reunion pulled together with my race as one of the attractions. I arrived Thursday night and got to hang out with my parents, uncle and aunt, my sister and her boyfriend. The pre-race meeting was delayed by over an hour because the bibs arrived late so I spent a ton of time waiting in line behind Jason Schlarb, Josh Arthur and Jacob Puzey while lots of people come over and took photos with them. After the meeting, in which colder than you would think temperatures were highlighted I headed back to the place our family was renting out. I chowed down on some penne and pesto, popped a couple of Melatonin gummies and passed out.