Wednesday, February 06, 2008

From the Race Front: TONY PORTERA




On last weekend's Rocky Raccoon Race in Huntsville, TX


What surprised you most about the race?

Two things. First, the amount of roots on the course. I stubbed my toe and nearly lost footing a few times. Second, how deceptive the hills can be. There's not much climbing, but, to me, the hills on the 2nd and 3rd loops seemed steeper then the first time around.

What advice helped you achieve your goal?
Fluid/Nutritional advice helped me in this race. It got a bit hot out there, and my stomach felt weak. But, I kept up with 250 calories an hour and was able to keep moving forward.

Did you meet any new friends on the course?
Yeah, old friends and new friends. There were so many of Lisa's students out there. It was just great to see all of those familiar faces and to meet a few that I had yet to meet.

Is there something you learned that you'll use in future races (good, bad, or ugly!) Yes. Go out much more conservative (as Lisa instructed). It would have been better if I saved my best for the last loop, rather then use it all up on loop 1.

Any words of advice for others thinking about doing an ultra?
Go for it...give it all you have, and when you think you have nothing left, reach deep down inside and pull out a little more....oh, and hire Lisa as your coach and listen to every single word she says !

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

congrats to all of you. sorry I had to miss all of this.
maybe next year.
susan

Meredith said...

always listen to every word lisa says :) she's wicked smart.

Anonymous said...

You look like one very happy person and I hope to meet you one day on the trails to.
R

Colleen said...

TONY...so great to see you and Ira on the course. You both always make me smile. Totally looking fwd to the NJ Marathon!!! :-) Colleen

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Anthony..are you the one who got us sick!!! Ok, we can't prove it.
You and Ira sure looked happy running out on the trails. You are fortunate to have such a great training partner! Nice going on a 50 mile personal best.
Lisa

Anonymous said...

You are a star...:) What's next? Kira

AnthonyP said...

Ok - now, I was sick, but I didn't kiss any of you guys ! :)

Thanks all. Kira - next up are a few shorter races, then ODM 100.

Laurie said...

great to follow you around and around. congrats on a great race!
Laurie