That race rocked me. I went in there without a doubt in my mind the 10:47 PR was going to fall. It was set in 2006 before I had dropped my 50k, 50-mile and 100-mile times significantly. In 2007 and 08 I took a break from the race so I could participate in the Wildlflower Triathlons which is always in the same weekend. In 2009 I came back right in time to participate in the wet, windy and wild version and missed the PR by 10 minutes. I came back this year with an attitude and with solid hill training. I even used splits from a runner in 2005 (the last time they took detailed splits) who had a 10:06 finish. I can see it in the morning pre-race pictures, smugness bordering on irreverence, and on the post race pictures, pained smiles with a trace of shock.
Oh that PR did fall but by a mere 9 minutes and it took all of me to make it happen. It took a lot of mental power to hold it together. As my buddy Jonathan Gunderson said after the race "When I saw you right before you hit the turn-around, you didn't look so good, not totally in control". He was right, the funny thing is that I thought the same about him but I'm sure I looked worse. It was a hard, hard day but, and I meant this sincerely, a great time.
It was my 5th Miwok race but this one came swinging at me and it almost laid me out. Race report once I fully recover mentally.