I've driven 6500 miles in the past forty days. Fun road trips with MRB and gf for sure, but I'm calling for a six-month moratorium on road-tripping. Badlands, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks, Cloud Peak, Fitzpatrick, and Gros Ventre wilderness areas, plus Santa Barbara, Bighorn, and Western States 100 milers. (I ran the first two and paced at the third.) But man I am tired of driving. Good thing you can only fly to Iceland, since I'm headed there on Wednesday. And hopefully in six months I'll be OK with more driving, because I think my truck needs to go to Baja during winter break.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Update: I'm in the middle of a trip to Wyoming. I bought a truck in Cali, left the same day, and drove to the Wind River range where I promptly got stuck in snow. Then I ran 100 miles in the Bighorns and didn't vomit, which is a cause for celebration. One more week in WY, pacing Nano at Western States, then 26 days in Iceland.
I'm revising an accepted public health article and working on a numerous-author paper on soccer refs (more a project on research transparency, really) all the while, that just doesn't lend itself to photos as well.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, June 02, 2014
2) Put a USB battery pack in one of your later dropbags at a 100 miler, just before where you would expect your GPS watch to die. Also the cord that connects your GPS watch to a USB charging station. Also a cheap-o regular watch. Then, when your Garmin is nearly dead, get to the aid station, leave the Garmin on, plug it in to charge it, toss all that junk in your pack, and put on the cheap watch so you know what's going on for the next hour and a half. After an hour or so, your watch is recharged and will finish out the race, and you'll have a single complete data file for a hundred miler.
My particular Garmin doesn't look like it's recording data while it's charging, but I'm told this works. I'll definitely give it a whirl. Thanks for the tip, Marshall!
I didn't particularly like the course, as it was mostly on hard dirt roads with big rocks and loose footing, and the single track was overgrown with thistle and/or poison oak. It will be a minor miracle if I end up with no poison oak rash. The ups and downs also felt a little arbitrary or forced instead of natural, but maybe I'm just out of shape and biased, and this is probably just what Santa Barbara trails are like in June.
As far as my run, I took it easy from the start, just doing 4 mph. I had a great run at States last year when I didn't overdo it in the first half, so I tried to repeat that (but failed). This worked fine through maybe 35 miles, but 35-50 is a huge sustained climb, and it was very hot, so I slowed to a crawl. I barfed a couple times, and then went to my regimen of only ginger ale (or Sprite) and soup broth. Once the sun set and the temperature went down, things started to improve. My buddy ZG paced me from 41-72 or so, then RA paced me from 85 to the end. 5AM to 8AM Sunday felt great and I made good time, but after that I was disappointed to be out there for the noonday heat for two days in a row. Regardless, I think we made decent time the last 15 miles, and I finished in just under 32 hours.
Next up is the Bighorn 100 in Wyoming in three weeks. I'll be putting ginger ale and yellow Gatorade in all available drop bags, and I think I'll try foods less acidic than fruit and see if I can not vomit and keep running for a slightly larger portion of the race.