running under the BigSky
^rots of R's This was a race I both looked forward to and loathed- looked forward to due to the beautiful high country, loathed because I knew it would be my toughest run to date. The race was designed and run by Mike Wolfe and Mike Foote, that should have been enough warning. Boasting close to 9000' of elevation gain (2400' of it summiting Lone Peak) and the entire course above 7000'.
I had only one goal going into this race-beat the cutoff times and finish. Race day morning the temps were hovering at 40 degrees- good, but it was raining-bad. Fortunately the rain petered out in a couple of hours, equally fortunate the cool weather remained all day.
This was a really tough run, lots of very steep sections (and equally steep descents)-fortunately it was occasionally broken up with some runnable sections. The highlight (or lowlight depending on your perspective) was the summiting of Lone Peak ~ 18 miles into the race. This was extremely difficult, much of it legit Class III scrambling. The closer to the summit, the steeper it got- it got so tough that I could only cover short distances at a time and then bend over at the waist and inhale deeply to catch my breath, repeat many (many) times and then finally summit.
After a short break at the aid station and ahead of the cutoff, I now tackled the almost equally tough descent. No trail, very steep and lots and lots of rock. While not as grueling as the ascent, it was difficult and slow going (and even then I fell a couple of times).
There were several more steep ascents before finishing the race, none as grueling as Lone Peak, but as the hours passed and fatigue set in-still difficult. The last aid station, Andesite Peak, was 5 miles out from the finish and I knew then that I was going to finish. The last five miles were mostly runnable, which was a great way to finish such a difficult race.
10 hours and 21 minutes after the start, I made it across the finish line. Certainly tired and sore, but not nearly as fatigued as I have been on some less difficult races. No nausea this go round either. If nausea would have struck, I'm quite sure I would have been one of the many DNF's of the day. I can't remember who advised me, but it was from this forum, to cut my Perpetuem in half. I followed that advice and never felt nauseous the entire race.
The race was well organized, the aid station folks were absolutely fabulous and the scenery as good as it gets. I'd recommend this race for anyone looking for a challenge and rewards of some stunning scenery.
My DW ran the 12k and was equally impressed with how it was run.
a few pics
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”
Congratulations on beating the cutoff times and finishing the 50K. It's good to hear that you were able to avoid any bouts of nausea. It sounds like a tough race, but looks like a beautiful course. Thanks for sharing the RR and pics.
Did your wife get to keep it?
good job on the race. It looks like a brutal course.
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Well done! I was following along during the race because my Sponsor Coordinator was the race photographer and kept a Twitter feed rolling for the race. It looks like a great event.
congratulations on meeting your goal! Nice RR and great photos-- thanks for sharing. (and congrats to DW, too!). both of you are smiling in your photos, so it must have been fun. Well managed races can do that to you.
Nice job, Warden. Sounds like a beautiful race. Hope you saved some energy because DW looks horny .
Nice run out there. You and your wife both look very happy. That's what it's all about!
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Great Job on a tough course! This looks like an awesome race, that I would like to do some day. Too bad it falls at a bad time of year for my running... Thanks for sharing the great pics and report!
Nice job! Sounds like you had a great race! I'm so bummed to have missed this race this year. Next year when our son is 1, I will see you there!
Great job on a tough course. I really like the 4th pic, now THAT is an ankle-busting little
rock garden. I just starting using Perpetuem for my LR's over 3 hours, thanks for the tip.
Well done MTW. Looks like it was a lot tougher than the promo video let on. Gonna put any of that fitness to work in Orange this Fall?
Great job, mtwarden - that is some beautiful country, and those climbs look (and sound) brutal!
Nice job! With that time on the feet you're getting ready for a 50-miler next year...
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Le professeur de trail
Thanks for sharing. Great pictures. Looks like a beautiful course. Sounds like it was brutal. My kind of course.
The incarnation of peacefulness and patience
Thanks for sharing. I'm glad it went well, especially the nausea issues. I think I'd rather have wore out legs and a functioning GI tract then the other way around. The scenery is awesome.