Almost caught up on my sleep last night. Seven hours is as about good as it gets when you have to get up at 5:15. I think next year, I'll only be getting up that early once a week instead of four or five days. So I'm already starting to feel recovered from Sunday's marathon. I'm also looking forward to a more relaxed coaching schedule over the next few weeks--just watching the kids race at JNs next week and providing background support. Sounds good to me. A lot of the dust has settled and it's nice to be feeling better physically, and more refreshed in my head.
Also feeling better about Sunday's race. I went back through the online archives, which go back to the late 1990s, and found that only four other skiers in the M5 (50-54) age category have gone under 2:30 in the Tour.
2:18:32 Cramner 2002
2:22:05 Jensen 2013
2:27:16 Suddock 2013
2:27:33 Beckner 2004
2:29:36 Me 2013
(technically the 2:29:01 in 2008 I skied was past age 50--just a week after my birthday--but officially I was still an M4).
Anyway, while I'm definitely not in Cramner's and Jensen's league as a skier, I'll take it. I'd like to look up some of the archives because I think the legendary Dick Mize of Anchorage must have had some fast times back in the 80s and 90s.
And speaking of the M5 category, there was a lot of depth out on the trails on Sunday. I haven't checked all age groups yet, but to have 15 guys 2:53 or faster. Plus six under 2:32, and 13 under 2:50, that's pretty solid!
Trond Jensen 2:22:05.5 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 16
Rich Suddock 2:27:16.8 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 24
Roger Sayre 2:29:36.3 Fairbanks AK 50K Free M 27
Charles Homestead 2:31:22.5 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 30
Jim Lokken 2:31:51.6 Fairbanks AK 50K Free M 32
John Weddleton 2:38:36.0 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 47
Dan Brokaw 2:42:16.4 Girdwood AK 50K Free M 52
Jim Jager 2:42:29.7 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 53
David Ward 2:43:37.0 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 59
Steven Bergt 2:44:46.2 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 62
Ken Leary 2:45:15.9 Fairbanks AK 50K Free M 66
Greg McDuffie 2:48:29.6 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 73
Dennis Poirier 2:48:40.4 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 75
Randall Kanady 2:51:06.7 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 84
John Quimby 4 2:53:08.3 Anchorage AK 50K Free M 91