Sunday, August 9, 2009
There is so much to talk about from this weekend. On the personal side of things, I had a great cross training session on Saturday on the stair master and treadmill. Sunday saw a return trip to the Turkey Swamp 50k. At last year's event (see 2008 Turkey Swamp 50k Race Report), lightning forced an abrupt end to the race after I had completed about 26 miles. The course is run on a loop of approximately 2.6 miles (12 total loops, the first one being a bit longer and the last one a bit shorter). The course is run on dirt roads, single-track trail (with some roots), and grass. A course change this year resulted in a substantial increase in the grassy sections, and a reduction in the single-track trail sections. The first 17.5 miles went very well, almost too fast. The last 13-14 miles were a chore in the heat and humidity. Overall, it was a good assessment of where I stand with respect to recovering from Badwater.
Now to the really cool stuff. At Turkey Swamp, Dave James returned and successfully defended his title with a sub-4 hour finish. Wayne and I spent a ton of time together on the course (running the entire thing together). We also spent some time with Susan W. (who had a great run thanks to our kindness in pointing out that she did NOT have another loop to go, despite what the lap-counters said, as she lapped us), and got to see Marge and Peter L. Amazing, even with a timing system, things just didn't go right for the lap counters. Many of the runners ended up putting in an extra loop. Wayne and I realized early on that they had miscounted our laps (they had me one ahead of him - plus the GPS didn't support where they said we were), and we were lucky enough to get it corrected. Several others did not, and ended up running 33+ miles. Kind of crazy, but I suppose it happens. Oh, and then there is Steve Tursi. This guys is just great. He came all the way out to volunteer and was just a wonderful help - always going the extra mile for the runners. The sport of ultra running never ceases to amaze me with all of the people who are so willing lend a hand. Thanks Steve, and see you at the Tetons (if not at Bear Mountain sooner).
A few friends were running the Headlands Hundred (50 and 100 milers) in California this weekend. In the 100, Badwater crew-member Brian Krogmann was amazing with a 2nd place, 19:43:33 finish. Rick Gaston had a great race as well, finishing 9th in 22:06:30. In the 50-miler, Meredith Terranova recorded a 2nd place finish (10th overall) with a time of 8:34:32. Congrats to these folks and everyone else out there. This is one tough course, with 20,020 feet of elevation gain in the 100 (10,010 feet in the 50).
At the Viaduct Trail 100 Mile Run, Drymax athlete Dan Rose finished 3rd in 19:38:35. The great thing about Dan's run was the mobile audio posts that he put on his blog every 25 miles using Utterli. Using his cell phone, Dan could simply call the Utterli number, record his audio post, and SHAZAM!....its posted to his blog. It is really cool to listen to how things are going for him during the race - if you get a chance, head over and take a listen. I loved it so much that I signed up for Utterli and will try it out at some point.
Up next (in just a few weeks) will be the Grand Teton Races. I have run the 100-miler there the last two years. This year I'll run the 50 Mile on Saturday, September 5, and then run the Trail Marathon the following day with my wife (her first marathon - way to pick one with 5,000 feet of climbing as a first - all me).