sounds like you really did battle the bluff. and it almost got you but in the end you killed it.
i think, more accurately, in the end I didn't let it kill me. The weather gods/goddesses are having a good laugh at me today.
Cooperation between how high one unconsciously knows their toes need to go to clear the rocks and debris and how high their legs are willing to lift gets really challenged late in longer races. I hope you feel better and shake off the bashings over the next few days!
I'm usually bleeding from multiple wounds by the end of an ultra.
As opposed to most people who would probably take the multiple bleeding wounds to avoid starting an ultra.....
Well, I almost did that at Mark Twain. Went down right at the start. Come to think of it, I went down very early at Silver Rush, too. Not a great pattern.
Should break that pattern at tunnel hill. it's not impossible to fall but there's not that much to trip over in the first 25 miles. (unless complacency bites you). .
major wind storm the day before will turn the trail into an obstacle course.