Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Year In Review

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." - Louis-Hector Berlioz

"Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." - Carl Sandburg

"All my possessions for a moment of time." - Elizabeth I

2011 flew by faster than Superman circled the earth to reverse time and save his beloved Lois Lane.

It was a good year, with lots of lessons learned, friends made, and adventures completed (2 135-milers, 3 100-milers, and 2 50-milers), and as we say good-bye to 2011 and welcome in 2012, here's a short look back at our 2011 journeys.....

We kicked off 2011 with pacing duties at Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge (January 8 and 9) - 39.3 miles over two days, and over 6 hours of pacing the wife.  It was my 7th consecutive Walt Disney World Marathon finish, a streak that will unfortunately die in 2012.

January was just getting started with the Goofy Challenge.  Running the Caminho Da Fé would occupy 7+ days (January 18 to January 25) - approximately 340 miles from Cravinhos to Aparecida in Brazil in 182 hours, 9 minutes and 28 seconds with great friends Jarom Thurston and Chris amazing adventure that featured running the Brazil 135 Mile Ultramaration in 55:24:00, and to raise funds and awareness for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  You can read various "Pilgrimage Reports" starting with "Pilgrimage Report :  Running the Caminho Da Fé - Introduction".  Tremendous thanks to everyone that made this journey possible....CAF, all of the sponsors, Mario and Eliana Lacerda, Clovis and his wife, and the most important people out there, our 2-person crew of Lynne Hewett and Glauber. races, but a massive honor in being accepted to participate in our 3rd consecutive Badwater Ultramarathon.  It is nearly impossible to describe what this 135-mile journey means to us (me, my family and crew), and just as difficult to describe what it feels like to both wait to find out if we are accepted (send/receive...send/receive...send/receive), and to receive that e-mail.

I wasn't expecting much at my 3rd Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run (April 2), but I certainly got a good ass-whooping from pacers Brenda Carawan and her friend, Tina - enough for a 29th place and sub-20 hour (19:29:43) finish.  Good buddy Joason Overbaugh knocked out an 18:29:05!  For the full race report, check out "A Pleasant Surprise - Race Report : 2011 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run".

It seems as if the Pineland Farms 50 Mile is now a part of every Memorial Day weekend.  A decent 9:17:01 finish capped of the month of may.

There is no place that we'd rather be in July than Death Valley, and the Badwater Ultramarathon (July 11).  Our third year there turned out to be our best - 39:59:14, and another exciting sprint up Whitney Portal Road to the welcoming arms of Chris Kostman at the finish line.  As I said to great friend Frank McKinney the day before the race, "this never gets old," and it sure doesn't.  For the full race report, check out "2011 Badwater Ultramarathon Race Report".  This event is a journey of epic proportions, a battle against the elements, a war against inner demons, and a triumph of the human spirit.  It cannot be attempted or completed without the tremendous efforts of its race director, Chris Kostman, the entire race committee, each and every volunteer, and our crew - Chuck Mathison, Eric Gelber, Jason Overbaugh, and my wife and daughters.

September 25th brought a fun 50-miler, the Vermont 50 - 11:35:50 and 50 miles of fun with Cherie, Emmy and Iliana.

Javelina 100 (November 12), the 4th with Rick Gaston as my pacer was our best - 21:36:34 and 29th place out of 339 starters.  We also raised some money for several great charities.  You can read about that and the full race report at "Race Report : 2011 Javelina Jundred 101.4 Mile Endurance Run".

It was on, it was off, it was on again.  The 2nd annual Bartram 100 turned out to be a pretty nice performance, just 4 weeks removed from Javelina.  Jason Overbaugh and Dani came out to crew and pace me to a 3rd place finish in 20:18:39.

As for training and running in total, we just inched by last year's totals for time and distance, with 2,772.10 miles run.  On a monthly basis, things looked something like this :

Jan - 411.80
Feb - 167.80
Mar - 201.65
Apr - 181.45
May - 242.10
Jun - 261.90
Jul - 197.70
Aug - 170.60
Sep - 186.80
Oct - 308.40
Nov - 213.30
Dec -228.60

Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy and successful 2012!


  1. TP, you are amazing, your accomplishments and mileage totals continue to inspire. Happy New Year to you, and I hope our paths cross many times at these crazy ultras we love to run!

  2. Hell of a year Tony! Here is to more good things in 2012!!! Peace E

  3. That's a lot of territory you covered on those feet. Sorry I'm so late in wishing you well in 2012. May you and your family be blessed with good health.