"There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can't blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people." - I did it!! Ohlone 131 miler in 49:45. This was my 10th year running 100 or 131 miles before the race and finishing the last 50k of the Ohlone with the off...
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I went to Austria on business and decided to do this race. I was training hard and had a sub-10 hour goal in mind. However, the week before I was traveling through Germany, Netherlands and Austria...and two days before the race I came down with a horrible cold from airlines and hotels.
Despite that I did my best bike split ever in an Ironman race. The course is beautiful with a ride through the Austrian Alps.
The swim is in a lake with a finish in a canal!
The run is mostly flat and is a double loop course. It runs along a beach (topless in true European fashion which converts runners into specators) and also along a narrow canal in the shade. Then, it takes the runners through the new and old parts of the town of Klagenfurt with cobblestones and a large dragon fountain (the town's mascot).
I love this race - just wish I had been feeling well for it :)