Looks like a lot of fun! I would think a loop course would be harder mentally for these really long races. And I'm impressed with your heat handling efforts.
Jealous that you got some AZ time, even if it was a bit hotter than it should have been. "the paramedics later said it got to 102F but that sounds high." Maybe they measured in the sun? It could have gotten close to that hot, there's a lot of truth to the claimed virtues of "dry heat"! I can run intervals in 95+ in Arizona, but 78 and humid in Texas is nauseating!
oh, maybe that's just because it's texas.
This sounds like a race that would be good for someone wanting to try an ultra. They seem to do a lot of things to try and make it a bit less intimidating.
Nicely managed on your part.
I was watching Zach's time while checking in on you. I found his pace mid boggling every time a new number was posted.
Wow, 95 km on the sprained ankle? Tough chick. And good strategies for dealing with the heat. Sounds like a fun event!
Thanks! Zach won by 1 hr 45 mins over 2nd place. It was another 1 hr 21 mins back to 3rd place and another 41 mins to 4th. It's rare to see the top runners spread out that much. I saw an interview with Zach where he talked about carrying one water bottle just to pour on his head. Even at his pace, everything was dry by the time he hit each aid station.
The 1st woman was 21 hrs and the top ten were spread over the next 2.5 hrs. It was a slow day for this race where the women's course record is 14:55. When choosing races, I would never attempt one where the women's winning time is usually over 20 hrs and the maximum time limit is 30 hrs. The speed difference between me and the fastest women is more than that!
Cristina, I thought of you and thought you'd feel a lot healthier if you could have a week back in your old home state. But then I saw the Trump signs...
Wow, the photos are amazing! Looks like a great experience, even with the heat. I am amazed anyone is able to do anything at all but lie down in the shade when it's that hot.
Congrats on a great finish - I know it's not what you planned, but to me it's still an amazing accomplishment.
Thanks, I'm honestly not disappointed. I went into it undertrained and was curious to see how it would go. I could have switched to the 100K distance up until race morning in light of my inadequate training and the weather forecast, but that would have taken away all the mystery. There was a 29-hr cut-off for the 100K and a 30-hr cut-off for the 100 miler, so I knew I could finish 100K and I certainly wasn't going to "race" for a good ranking in those temperatures. Even though I was pacing for a longer distance, my 100K time would have been in the top third of women in that race. It's always a learning experience!
Good for you for signing up for the more ambitious goal and shooting for it!
Wow, looks amazing. The race looked cool too congrats on a solid 100K!.
That breakfast...mmm... huevos rancheros? Reminds me of Utah breakfasts!
Mmm, Utah breakfasts. :) I'd planned to order Huevos Rancheros, which were on the menu too, but this "Morning Skillet" sounded even better - a fry-up of slivered potatoes, onions, black beans and tomatoes topped with eggs any style, cheese, salsa and either breakfast meat or avocados. Hot, fresh corn tortillas on the side and they made good coffee too.
You would have enjoyed the Harps Weather. As we sat on the patio in shorts drinking coffee at 7 a.m., I had to admit you have a point.
OMG. look at you. SO cool. Great job.
Great job, Bash! The photos are stunning too!
Thanks, it was fun to run in a beautiful and completely different landscape. Glad to be back in a place where the creeks have water in them, though!