The 34-year-old Lexington mother of three ran 62 miles over a 36-hour period that weekend as a tune-up for her first ultra-marathon. She completed the Mohican 100-Mile Trail Run on June 21 and 22 in 25 hours and 42 minutes, finishing fourth among women and 32nd overall in a field of 150 starters, more than half of whom fell victim to attrition.
Bichsel’s goal was to finish in 24 hours.
“I was on pace until about the 75-mile mark to finish in 22 hours,” Bichsel said. “My goal was to finish — that should be everybody’s goal — but the IT band (ligament) in my left knee went south and it got dark and foggy. The conditions, combined with the fact that my knee was killing me, slowed me down.”