So I have dredged up the papers from the Massanutten 2011..
I have found my original pages, with my SWAG splits, with my actual splits written next to..
It's interesting to see where I was, at points, in the race.
I did have a stellar 2nd half, as Mongold pointed out. But at that point too, I picked up both crew and a pacer. So I had fresh legs with me, and now I was eliminating ALL time in the aid stations.
I really was. I was instructed, per my pacer, to check into the Aid Station, and get out. That was all I needed, having a crew.
I checked in, pretty much yelling "do you have my number? No, I don't need anything." (Hopefully I also said thanks!) and then Jill, my awesome crew person, handed me fresh cold bottles, and OFF we went to the next aid station.
I passed twenty-five runners at the Camp Roosevelt Aid Station, by virtue of having a crew. I checked in and out, got my stuff from crew, and went on down the trail. It doesn't get any easier than that to pass people!
This year, without a crew (so far) 14 AS x 5 minutes= 70 minutes.
Ouch. So, I could, potentially, just add this to my 2011 finish time of 31.50. So 2012 could be 33.00 hours flat, solo.
I would still be okay with that. I've started to look at splits. I think I can improve on splits from the first half of the race slightly. The course is very fresh in my mind right now, since Reverse Ring. For the second half, I used my own splits from last year.
I may try to get someone to crew me. I have driven the roads in the MMT area and they are not bad to navigate to the various spots of the MMT race aid stations. I would rather give up the "solo" division characteristic to be able to navigate in and out out of the aid stations more efficiently.
I still am planning on running MMT without a pacer. I don't need a pacer at MMT. I know the course, and I can self-motivate myself throughout the course.
MMT, although beloved, is not the goal race this year. Hardrock is. So all MMT prep is all good work and prep for the HR.