Monday, September 1, 2008

Short Race Report - GTR100 - Heat, Sleet, Wind, Cramps, No Pacer - Still Fun

I slept like a rock last night.  This year's Grand Teton 100 Mile Race was once again a fantastic event, put on by world class race directors.  It was also a drastically more challenging event then it was last year.  Of the 40 runners that started the race, nearly half (18) did not finish, almost double from the 2007 event.  Runners not only had to contend with the 20,000 feet of climbing, but the weather became a factor.  The race started in 40 degree temps, but quickly moved to the heat of the 80's as the day went on.  After the heat came the cold, and worse, the winds, sleet, hail, and heavy rain.  Yes - sleet and hail.  On my 4th trip up Fred's Mountain I was pelted by heavy rain and sleet, and pushed around by the wind. It was so cold that I was shaking big time.

The short skinny on my race is that I'm thrilled with my performance.  Two nights before the race I learned that my pacer was injured, but that she was lining up another fantastic runner to pace me.  The morning of the race (literally, at race check-in) I learned that my second pacer had opted to run the 50-mile race (she finished 10th in the 50), leaving me pacer-less.  After a very strong first 25-mile loop (5:38 - 30 minutes faster then last year), stomach cramping got the better of my nutrition and I was able to eat very little (I think I had only 4 cups of soup and a gel during a 14 hour period). I kept my last 3 loops were fairly consistent, and I finished in 31:46:20, over an hour and a half better then last year.  I also placed quite well - 15th overall and 3rd in my age group.  

The race had only 2 sub-24 finishers.  Full results and splits are HERE.

I'll get a full race report up soon.

14 comments:

  1. Good job Anthony! You did great. A PR on the course with much harder conditions. You forgot to mention that your wife paced you thru the night!!!! Moose patrol!

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  2. Great job! Congrats on the finish and PR! Hail and sleet sounds like lots of fun! Way to persevere!

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  3. AWESOME JOB HOMIE!! Dang you are one tough mo-foer. Sounded BRUTAL!!

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  4. Amazing job Anthony. Truly amazing accomplishment. Can't wait for the full rr. Rest easy! You most certainly deserve it!

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  5. Anthony, I am SO DELIGHTED for you!! You really did it--I'm excited to read the whole report, but will happily wait until you are totally rested and ready to write it. Again, I am so happy for you and all that you accomplished in the face of daunting circumstances...you rock big time!!

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  6. Congrats Bro you did awesome ...way to get it done!!!!!

    I just got home ... time to recover for JJ :-)

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  7. Dang! Sounds like an adventure, for sure. Can't wait to read the full report.

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  8. Congrats Anthony! I followed you and Bob on the live webcast! The course sounds tough and you got in done! Congrats!

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  9. I saw those crayz results online. You did fantastic - congratulations and I cannot wait to hear more about your adventure.

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  10. Tony, my man, isn't the finish that much sweeter? Loved the beer gulp at mile 95! Your wife rocks, hold on to her very tight and treat her like a queen, she deserves it. I am glad to have witnessed your success.

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  11. Way to go Anthony! Awesome job!!! It was great to meet you and awesome you had the family with you. It was also great to see you finish.

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  12. Despite the conditions, you did awesome. I would offer to pace you, but after reading Stephs blog, I think that you would out pace me. Great job again.

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  13. Once I returned to reading blogs, yours was the first one I went to. I am so impressed with you!!! To make it through with those conditions and that kind of attrition rate -- let alone all alone -- is just incredible, Anthony. Incredible!!

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  14. Fantastic job, Tony! Sounds like a great time! Hope to see you at Javelina.

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