An other day in paradise. Race report Dalat Ultra Trail 2018 - 70k.
After waiting an hour at the starting line by 16C the race finally start. First 5k were pretty much downhill, couldn't have dreamed better to warm up from the cold and get my legs ready for the journey. My nutrition plan was a gel per each 8km, plus GU waffles, a 1L of electrolyte and CP's fruits, though right after 2km I started having small stomach cramps. The cold perhaps. The first 2 gels were so hard to swallow but after 15k cramps went away. Hooray. Pointed at the 21k mark in 2h45, feeling strong. From there to CP6 I break out From our pack with Julia (Duong) and cruised. At CP6 I decided to speed up my pace and leave Julia behind who seem to have battery issue. Was feeling strong and reached CP7 (6k after the 42k start). "Sorry, there is no more water" crew said. The 42k runners's robbery! When I heard that I instantly checked my front flasks, perhaps 10 sip left of water and maybe 6 or 7 of electrolytes. Crew said I could wait 5 or 10 min for water. There were no question about it. I took off.
I knew right and then that I'll face trouble soon, and I did. 7km straight of uphill at 10am exposed to the sun with no river crossing ahead. I rationalized my water for 3k before starting overheating and dehydrating, my legs got heavy and couldnt take gel without water to sip after. I pretty much bonked. Lost track of time for a little while, remember moving super slow and having so many negative thoughts. Then an instant of clarity, I needed to get calories in to think things through and reach CP8. I sat behind a tree and forced myself to ate a GU waffle. Managed to get it in entirely in and 5' after, miracle: my legs and mind were back. I kicked myself in and less than a km after I crossed a river, miracle #2.
I had calories in and I was cooling down, one issue left out of 3, water, which I solved shortly after by reaching CP8. I then had to go from a gel/8k to a gel/4k to keep up the pace. Ran out of gels and had to finish the last 10k slow, but got Julia back with me 3km before the finish line to boost me up and finish strong! 11h17 on the Garmin. Done ✅
Thanks to @juliaduongnguyen