Ready: Let's go!
With training spot-on, it was vital that many other elements of this effort be in balance, too, as I would be on the road without sleep for a long time. My nutrition and hydration plan required 200-250 calories and 20-30 ounces of fluid per hour, adjusted for time of day, and 2 electrolyte capsules every half hour or so. I can find it difficult to swallow solid food during long, hot races, so caloric intake was primarily from Ensure, Hammer gels, Gatorade and Coke, with odds and ends of fruit, cookies, soup and chips on occasion. It worked. There was never any stomach distress and the balance of fluids and salt/mineral replenishment held steady.
It is hard, grinding work out there. Yet it has its special moments that are exciting and fun and motivating. Catching-up with my crew every couple of miles was one of them. As trite as it sounds, hearing people yell out their windows, “Go, Bobby, go!”, or “You’re looking strong”, and similar cheers, were somehow very meaningful and became my unspoken mantras for awhile. And crossing the finish line at Whitney Portal? As rewarding and exhilarating as any experience could ever be. Beating my goal by a lot. Finishing in under 40 hours. Just perfect.