Saturday was the inagraul Bad Ass 50k near Bend Oregon. The venue... Cinder Butte. One two mile out and back and then three loops around and up Cinder Butte. The low point along Smith River Canyon at 3680ft and the high on top of Cinder Butte at 4380. Total run had 3600 feet of gain.
I woke at 4:15 am for the drive over the pass. I woke up about an hour late. I woke at 3:15am to start the coffee but laid back down for a few minutes. Low and behold this was the wrong thing to do.
I had packed the night before. So, I just got dressed and poured a thermos full of coffee and out the door I went. I get down the I-5 and think I forgot to grab the camera. I turn around and come to find out the camera was in the truck. Agh... Waisted 20 minutes doing this.
Drive over was uneveventful. Some snow on the pass. Just slowed down. Make a wrong turn in Bend. Realize I am going to be late. No big deal. Turn down the wrong snowy road to the trail head, slide off the road and slam into a tree. Nice. This is all I need.
Well, make it to the start a half hour late. That is fine. I just skip the out and back and attempt three loops for 27 miles.
Stan and I do start on the out and back but only do a mile and pick up his wife of 20 years, Maura. Head back to the start and I pick up "Fat Boy" Eugene Trahern.
We head up Cinder Butte and it is really windy. And I'm talking "Capital Peak" windy! My new gloves did great. Keeping my hands nice and toasty. They will come in handy in two weeks up in Olympia.
Well, the day warmed up a bit and I would run with first Stan and then Maura on the final laps. We alternated the loops around Cinder Butte to mix things up. We enjoyed good conversation and Stan and Maura brewed a new batch of beer for their fat ass event in two weeks.
So, a good run. Two (almost) 50k's, two weeks in a row. Now MLK 50k next weekend. That should be more fun.
Another Ultra runner is born, April Bean from Bend ran her first Ultra!