One very happy runner
- Train with a moderately heavy pack on steep trails. Although Candice lifted the mandatory gear check, you still will be carrying a decent amount of weight for most of the run given the long distances between aid.
- If you don't have a lot of dietary restrictions, just pack things like gels, packaged food, etc in your drop bags and rely on the aid stations to offer you the real food. I packed a ton of sandwiches, leftover pizza, and other things that needed to be kept cold with my crew and did no eat ANY of it! I threw it all away (actually, I fed it to my chickens).
- I would have dry socks in your pack on that section after Chain of Lakes on the way to Klickitat where there are 4 mandatory water crossings and put them on after crossing Cispus.
- I didn't use a lot of caffeine, but if I did, I would avoid it for the first 30 hours and then start using it.
- If you like recharging your phone or watch, bring plenty of battery packs that are fully charged. I was getting frustrated that my crew was not charging my batteries appropriately but found out later that they take a long time to charge in a regular socket. So charging them in their car was not as efficient.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses in the exposed sections.
- Change packs if you can. At least have 2. I felt 4 was a good number.
- If you are going to use poles, learn how to use them properly before the race. I trained with them before the race and found that I did better without them than with them. That's just me. I did carry them with me in the 2nd 100 in case of injury or fatigue.
- Well, that's all I can think of for now. Happy trails!