Tom’s “Captain Karl’s Inks Lake 60k/30k” race summary 07/24/10
Hey Gang, The Heart of Texas Rockhoppers made a great showing at Chris, Sarah, & John. My plan was to go out very slowly & to pick up the pace each loop. We were on single track within the first hundred yards & walking. This turned into a rocky climb that was rediculously slow because of the long line of runners in front of me, but I told myself to stay with the plan, stay in formation & be patient. Fortunately, I had Chris & Sarah to talk to & keep me entertained. We finally spread out & got onto a jeep road through some woods that was very runable. I began to think that these trails were going to be a cakewalk. I was wrong. The jeep road fed back into single track that went from sandy to crushed granite, to very rocky. We had a few climbs that were short, but got my heartrate into the red zone. The last two miles of the 10K loop were very challenging with lots of ups & downs, rocks, & low tree limbs to duck under. The brush was high & tight around the trail in a few sections & I almost ran into a creek at one point vs. using the footbridge because I couldn’t see where I was going….& it wasn’t dark out yet. The best view came around mile 4-5. We could see most of the Lake from this rocky top & the moon was rising directly over it. I enjoyed this spot on every loop. By the time I reached this point on the second loop, I was using my headlamp & flashlight to find my way. There was a breeze & the full moon was beautiful over the Lake. I thought that I would get my wife to hike back up there with me, but by the time I reached that spot on the third loop I was no longer the selfless, thoughtful person who wanted to share this experience. I was ready to be done & take off my shoes.
We had a great showing by the Rockhoppers: Liza won first place in the women’s 60K, Anabel won first place in the women’s 30K, Sarah cruised for a very respectable 30K first trail race, Chris ran a very strong & consistent 60K, Larry ran a strong 30K, & John & I crushed some rocks down on the trails to make it nice for future runners! My only regret is that I didn’t take any pictures on this trail.
As I was driving home at 4 A.M. (because it ended up being to dang hot & stuffy for camping), I passed a “Family Fun Center” in Marble Falls called “Rockhoppers”! What a great name. I was curious what kinds of games they had to offer, but I knew it couldn’t match the adventure I just had.