I got caught in the lightning in Killington. I was at the at the top of the mountain. There was no time delay between the lightning and sound. I was like a stick on the bike waiting to get struck. I survided it. But it was a fun race.
2 years ago at the Vermont 50, "decent" amount of training in prior to the race; riding a very good race, about mile 35ish, at the top of the climb, pushing to get over the top of the climb and oh boy. Like somebody shot the back of my knee with a high powered rife. Talk about pain.
I forget my exact (time) numbers, was going well, (about a 5:45 projected finish) anyhow. Sat there on the trail, figured things out, and "Screw it, going to finish this thing... only 15 miles... allot of time and money already spent, how bad could it be..I can finish this thing out..) Turns out I had a "Baker Cyst" rupture on that climb.
To do the first 35ish miles took me (about) under 4 hours, and that was the good news. = things got worse, much worse. I was so slow the remainder of the race, god it was awful, pedaled with one leg.
Towards the end, dead people where passing me, still kept going. About the 6 hour mark (should have been finished by then) I'm on top on Mount Ascutny, (5 miles to go (?)) and it freaking came down. Pelted by rain the size of golf balls, lighting, a wall of wind, couldn't see much of anything, the Boogieman is running around in the woods. Scary stuff.
Getting pounded by the wind and the rain, lighting cracking all around, mud pits, thinking to myself "normal people are home with there families, watching football, cooking, playing with the kids.... nooooooooooo not me.. I obviously have issues to be doing something this freaking stupid..." Automatic "Stupid Award" for me.
Literally limped in (about (6:55ish), orginally very bummed. With the benifit of hindsite. Thats one race that sticks out in my memories, and brings a smile to my face. Your not going to get memories like this watching Football