Mountain Madness Ultra Marathon Weekend
Heller, Spooner, and Forest, and I celebrated an epic, adventure filled weekend. Started off strong with an afternoon of mountain biking at Mountain Creek Bike Park in New Jersey. Tired and stiff, we set off for a night hike to camp at the Tom Jones shelter in Harriman State Park in New York, where we stuffed ourselves with pasta and beer before heading to our tents for pre-race slumber. Up at the crack of dawn, we hiked the beautiful trails of Harriman park back to our cars and made our way to the race start for the Mountain Madness Ultra 50K. Despite the biking and camping the day before, we all enjoyed success in the race amidst perfect weather and trail conditions. It was one of the easier trail ultra courses (don't believe what Heller and Spooner say, it was a walk in the park), but was a good workout non-the-less. Congrats to Forest for completing his first 25K trail run. He already has his sites set on something longer, which may or may not be an excuse to join us for the trip out west for next summers ultra adventure. We finished the weekend with a fishing outing on the Long Island sound where we got skunked on the fish but managed to catch our fair share of beer and naps on the boat. The night concluded with a drive home, where we straggled to bed at 4 AM, delirious from the physical exhaustion and lack of sleep.