If you took a peek at my training schedule this spring, it would have been obvious that the Ironmaster's Challenge 50K was my first "A Race" of the 2014 season. As is very often the case however, things don't go as planned. Despite not having the best training going into the race, KNOWING this fact on race day was critical in ensuring a fun, albeit painful outing in the PA Woods.
The start and end point of the Ironmaster's is Pine Grove Furnace State Park, right where the Appalachian Trail passes thru. It's located in a valley so you can bet on some good climbs during the course of 30+ miles in this region.
If you think of it like a half pipe, the 50K course starts at the bottom of the "U", goes up one side, down, then up the other, down, then up the first side and finishes back down at the bottom of the "U". For a detailed visual on what I'm referring to, please see my amazing handy work using the hugely under-rated Snipping Tool from our friends in Redmond.
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