The John Dick Memorial 50k is our first unofficial Ultra-Trail. I really didn’t know what to think or expect from this. As a mid-February run who knew what to expect for weather, especially as this month typically weighs in as the coldest of the year. I really didn’t give the weather any more thought, mainly cause we’ve been on the trails all though the winter – no biggie, right? Also, nothing is on the line, we run till we’re tired, the aid station is in the middle of two loops and this is a training run.
Well Wisconsin weather came through and put down about 6″ of fluffy dry snow a few days before. The temperature then took a nose dive right before race day as well. All this comes together for a non-packing slippery run in somewhat decent temperature (~20 degrees). Had the trail been nice, this would be ideal. You couldn’t get any footing and most running felt like it was in any other direction than forward.
I took us 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete 13 miles. Demoralizing? Yep. I did make some new, Lapham Peak Trail Runner, friends on trail and we all helped pass the time telling jokes and I got tips from the masters on how to beat the Ice Age 50. At the 13 mile aid station we all agreed to throw in the towel. Getting hurt this far in the game on a training run didn’t seem agreeable by anyone and the smell of cooking chili in the aid station was calling our name… oh and beer. Trail runners seem to like beer and that makes me like trail runners.