Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
"the pipe", or "kuput spring" the halfway point of the race, mile 50. but we all know that most likely foresthill, mile 62 is the real halfway point in the race. did somebody break the pipe? i filled my bottle for cold water here in '06. very nice. sorry for the blurry picture.
mark lantz, the bottom of eldorado canyon
walley hesseltine in middle getting into michigan bluff
climbing up to bath road, hagg lake mud transported?i would like to be here before lighting the torches on race day
runner on cal street
you hear the river and see the river but for us mortals you are still 3 hrs from near side when this first happens
rock bench built for barbra schoener after being attacked by a mtn. lion, below
it was fun seeing some of the speed racers out there too. mark ran with skaden the last two days. i got to run with rena schumman, and walley hesseltine, ultra legends. what a weekend.
one month away. two more weeks of solid effort in training need to be done. looking forward to the hard work.
good luck to those doing kettle, mohican, and bighorn. have fun speedracers.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
i know that states is not the hardest race. yes, it can be like a circus getting into some of the bigger aid stations. but i do love this race. i look forward to doing this little thing as much as the big guns. ok, i'm a rookie. i've only had the pleasure of running this race once.
it was my first 100. yes, you can argue that nobody with a 100 shouldn't be aloud in but i trained as hard as anybody that first time. i had 10 100+ mile weeks along with doing rooster rock hill repeats a few times just like LB has.
even though i have only ran the race once i can still visualize much of the course. i've read LB's course description a dozen times, no less. i will be going to the training camp again. i would love to hang out with brother and the gang at their training camp but i am just too slow to do that.
do i think about the race a lot???
starts off with my coffee mug. i have used this western states mug every day since my pacer bought it for me two years ago.
i proudly show my WS license plate rim after my pacer bought it for me.
i wear a WS polo shirt to work at least once a week.
during the winter many days i will either have a WS sweat shirt on or a fleece that i was given.
i was given a gift this year of a WS running hat. i wear it in many of my races now.
i have a sticker on my truck that says "100.2" the length of the trail.
i know the splits i want to hit the last 38. i have known them for almost two years now.
and yes my old # is still on the fridge like i mentioned before.
for this race it is almost like a measuring stick. why? because almost all have ran it. yes, there were snow years. and some hot years. the course was short for a few years. but it is here you can see how you stack up.
will i place high, heck no. i'll be lucky to place in the top 25%. will i get to the river in the daylight. nahhhhh.
but i intend to have fun, run my best. and i will again try to gap my pacer once or twice for a bit of fun.
this is still a race to me even though my finishing time will not be impressive.
this is a race. i will not be getting a michigan bluff burger on my way to valcano canyon.
and for the dubious honor of being the "fastest bronze buckler" in '06. i hope that getting silver this time will put that to rest. dang it!!!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
lots of seeded runners for the little get together in june. notice one former top ten is not. no biggee. he knows how to run the race no matter what # he pins on at 4:30am.
a few asked for specific #'s. and i am sure some were just given by greg like 71yr old Karsten Solheim and 70yr old Ralph Hirt.
mine was #366 two years ago. and by the way that same worn out # is still pasted to the fridge.
and yes, i have used my mug that my pacer got me after finishing every day since that race.
it's gunna be fun.