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Ascent of Fort Mountain on 2014-10-12

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Sunday, October 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fort Mountain
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:2840 ft / 865 m

Ascent Trip Report

First marathon - Mystery Mountain Marathon - 4:32:00 - 2nd overall

Arrived @ Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, GA at 7am, got my number and prepared for the 8am start. I had signed up for this race a while ago and nearly forgot about it - definitely didn't plan to run an 80k one week prior... oh well, live life loaded. I ran the prior day and felt great. This morning, felt tired after a weird night of sleeping (crashed at 5pm until 9pm, then slept from 1am-4:30am... jet lag).

I started the race at a comfortable pace. 3 miles in I was feeling great, and started passing people one by one. By mile 6 I had worked myself into 3rd place... I was probably going too fast but I felt strong and the pace felt great. At mile 9 - a minor catastrophe. I rolled my left ankle... hard. Let out a barbaric yell in agony. walked it off for about 15 minutes... it didn't feel good. I worked up the strength to start running again, and I knew I needed to make it to the next aid station at mile 11, which was the split off between the marathon and the 12 mile race. I got to the aid station and started moving my ankle about... didn't feel good, but I had told myself that I was going to finish a marathon today, so I didn't intend on dropping out (even though the thought had gone through my mind several times at this point).

So I split off and made my way up the "power line climb" - which is basically a 600 ft ascent up some power lines. I made it up pretty well and was able to build up my pace. I felt like I could finish the race if I was careful not to roll my ankle again. I stopped to tighten my right shoe at one point and got caught in the process by 2 others that I had passed earlier. I latched onto them, let them do the pacing, so I could focus on my footing. This worked out great. One of the guys dropped off on a climb, so it was just me and this other guy, Jim - the IT Director at Coke, 45 years old, and a badass ultramarathoner. He knew the course really well so it was great running with him. He also loved to talk, which really helped get my mind off the arduousness of the course... was feeling pretty wiped out - and this was at mile 15.... 11 more to go. We pressed on, and ended up catching Sean "Run Bum" Blanton at mile 20. He was the original leader of the race, and he was trying to set a course record... but he blew up and was struggling just to walk. Sean is a good guy and I have to give him some credit as it was at his Rockies Run Tour back in August where I got the inspiration to do these mountain races. We left Sean and cracked on up the climb to the next aid station at mile 22.

Jim was flying up the climb and I could not hang on. Still in 3rd place, I knew I had a podium position and my goal now was to keep that spot. I reached the aid station, refueled and went on by myself for the last section of the course. In this section around mile 24 I got caught! However, I would not let this guy beat me, so I passed him right back, and led down the power lines, bombing back down and carrying my momentum into the last mile along the lake. I was giving it my all, motoring all the way to hold off my opponent. I crossed the finish line at 4 hours and 32 minutes... told that I was second - very surprising... the leader had made a wrong turn at the power lines - really sucks!

The post-race festivities included eating 5 bowls of chili (so good) and swimming in the lake (like an ice bath, felt amazing). I got a towel as an award, which is pretty cool I guess since I will use it and I need towels.

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