Double Tap 50K Race Report (DNF)
Something happens to you when you are out in the forest alone, the nearest people 2 miles away in each direction, and having spent every ounce of physical and mental energy available in your reserves. The complete silence/the sound of the forest envelops you, your senses are heightened and alert, and you lose your sense of time, of place. You are in a sort of sylvan zone. At times you hallucinate, other times you are keenly aware of your surroundings...Waldeinsamkeit. Only now, during my half-hearted attempt at RD Perry Sebastian's Double Tap 50k at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, GA, the einsam part was null and void.
|On the Big Rock Trail|
Socks and Sustenance
|Coming into the second aid station, where Jennifer|
and Jim Dees were waiting
“Christos Anasti” for the Greek Orthodox Easter Holiday. She then made me a turkey sandwich.
The Power-line climb seemed miles long, when in actuality it was about a mile with a 1000% grade the entire way. Ok, that's a bit of hyperbole... It was extremely taxing and tiring though, and I had no idea how many miles I had already accomplished because my Strava had decided that it would not cooperate that day.
Double Tap That, Bruh
The last two miles, were---er, memorable. Just as I thought the most horrible part must be over, the slightly inebriated aid station volunteers shattered my hopes of an easy downhill free fall to where I would be finishing.
"It's a long, slow, switchbacking two miles. You got this."
The Fuzzy Wuzzies
|One of the many vistas on this course|