Oof, definitely made some rookie mistakes! But hey, I got the FKT! My first one.
My main goal was to strive for the Baylor Canyon Over and Back. I used my Ultimate Direction Ultra Vest 5.0 carrying two 500ml bottles. One was full of NUUN and the other was water.
1st rookie move: I would have gotten the west ascent course record, but I made a few wrong turns about 3/4 of a mile away from the saddle. Certain sections had a lot of overgrowth, but it’s something I have to accept without really scouting the trail recently. I also got a bunch of sandy pebbles in my shoes due to a bunch of holes in the mesh.
2nd rookie move: About half a mile on the east descent, my left shoe got untied. So when I got done on the east side, I looked like a maniac sprinting to the turn around point to take off my shoes to get the pebbles out while simultaneously tying my shoe. I got to the turn around a little under 50 mins which was a course record, which I would’ve gotten sooner if I didn’t miss those pesky turns.
3rd rookie move: I almost died a few times running on the west descent. Tweaked my ankle a bit.
Did this because a race I signed up for got canceled due to wildfires.
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