While again I say, that elevation chart looks pretty tame, like it's nice, gentle, rolling hills....in person it feels much different. A quick summary would be that you climb up one ridge and then back down and out a valley, nearly back to the finish, which you can see and hear, but you hang a right before you actually get to it. That is loop one. Then you cross the valley floor, and climb another ridge, then back down to the valley floor and out, that's loop two.
|A good look at a custom Brazen Bib! And, from year to year, the race name stays the same, but the logo and style of the bib is custom every year, as are the medals and shirts.|
She was a bit nervous at the beginning. I kept telling her to pace herself and hold back, not to push herself in the first half, she'd need to save something for the second half. I'm sure I annoyed her because she likes to always go hard, but soon enough we came to the first climb and that slowed her down w/o any help from me.
|Heading out in the first half mile of the course. We pretty quickly had lungs full of dirt!|
|Thanks to Allen for this one! This was right before the first climb started.|
|First hill, this is her "I just got geezered by Allen!" face. I explained he's a mountain goat and it happens to me all the time, not to worry about it!|
|There was lots of Spanish Moss, which was really pretty.|