Cool, misty starting line for the race.

Shinetsu Five Mountains 110K – Race Report

“Gambatte!”  How many hundreds of times did I hear this during the Shinetsu Five Mountains 110K?  Gambatte is the Japanese equivalent saying for our “good luck.”  While it’s used in the same situations, though, it doesn’t mean the same thing.  Literally, gambatte is closer to “do your best.”  I love the emphasis on your own efforts, rather than some random set of occurrences lining up for you (luck).  Shinetsu Five Mountains 110K was a amazing and REALLY TOUGH race, that definitely required preparation and personal toughness; luck alone would not cut it for this one. (more…)