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Training Log: Ari-o

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activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail Run2 13:48:40 50.8(16:19) 81.76(10:08) 2150
  Total2 13:48:40 50.8(16:19) 81.76(10:08) 2150
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Monday Aug 22 #

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1. Last week was 9 minutes shy of my biggest week logged ever. Funny thing, both involve 50 mile runs.

2. I just clicked on a Trump ad on Attackpoint. Glad to channel some money from him to AP.

Sunday Aug 21 #

12 AM

Trail Run long 7:02:04 [1] 25.0 mi (16:53 / mi) +777m 15:24 / mi

The race continued. Some nice running on a paved road, and then powerlines. Powerlines are never good (Birkie, Voyageur) but these are a 2000 foot climb up a rutted road. If you could fast hike here (like Kyle) you could probably maintain a 17 to 18 minute mile; it only averages about a 10% grade. We weren't that much slower, showing that we lost a lot of time on downhills and flats, where the pros are clocking sub-10 miles and we, uh, weren't. Also, it was dark and 2 in the morning, and my watch had died so we didn't know our elevation.

There was a bit more "bad cop" coaching up the hill to keep Shaun moving; by this point he wasn't allowed to sit or stop since his hamstring had tightened up the last time. Also, he had to drink and eat enough (which I was neglecting myself). We crested the ridge and mostly walked down the hill and then the rather technical—especially in the dark—section to Mayqueen, watching headlamps dance above and below (this was very cool, as was the almost full moon on the landscape; on dirt roads and paved ones I had my headlamp off; the battery, which was otherwise on reactive mode, lasted all night).

Mayqueen was the start of struggles. I had neglected my own feeding and it caught up with me. I was in calorie deficit and it showed. I ran out pretty well but pretty quickly fell in behind Shaun, who couldn't go any faster anyway. He stopped at a restroom with about 5 miles to go, all on roads (except one gnarly little descent. The issue was the roads were uphill, gradually but painfully, with no end in sight. My phone had died (with gorgeous scenery, mostly behind us, of Mammoth and Massive hovering above the fog in the valley) and we slogged up the hill. 28:00 was out of the question, but we made it in 28:30. The ascent had felt a whole lot longer.

Then I ate almost an entire large pizza, and slept all afternoon.

I want to do this, I think. But I think Iearned a lot:

* Eat enough (obvi)
* 20-22 hours should be attainable, which means finishing in the dark, not going all night.
* Definitely have at least two pacers, if not two pacers and a crew. Pacing 50 miles was fun, but a lot of work.
* Probably use hiking poles to bound/fast hike up the big climbs. But then give them to your pacer or drop them at an aid station.

So depending on wedding schedules next summer, I might throw my name in the lottery again. (I did this year and was happy to have "lost".) It's beautiful, and fun, and extremely stupid. My kind of activity!

Saturday Aug 20 #

4 PM

Trail Run long 6:46:36 [1] 25.8 mi (15:46 / mi) +1373m 13:31 / mi

Pacing Leadville!

We didn't get great sleep the night before because some d-bag bros showed up at the site next door at 10 and proceeded to blow up air mattresses and have a party and all the 100 milers and pacers and crews wanted to murder them; luckily most of us libtards don't have guns. So that was fun. In the morning I went to Twin Lakes, saw Maartje, and then thumbed a ride in to Winfield, the 50 mile turnaround. Which is gorgeous. Was wearing my Run the Alps shirt and someone recognized it, and we saw November Project people from NY and Edmonton, too.

There's no cell signal there but they had a radio operator who would call in for updates, so I was updated on the progress of my runner. He had been a bit behind schedule but was at the summit of Hope Pass ahead of schedule and I readied for him (mixed his drinks, etc). He is very particular about what he eats and had drop bags all pre-arranged, and it was my job to both pace and crew (protip: don't do this).

We headed out at a slow jog until the base of Hope Pass, which is steepL 2500 feet in 2.5 miles (about as steep as typical trails in the Whites, but 8000 feet higher). Footing was decent and we made good progress up. He was a bit of a complainer (protip: to stay on the good side of your pacer, stay positive) and I had to November Project-style channel positivity to him every time and again. The climb up was beautiful, and was switchbacked and a bit less steep at the top where I started yelling and whooping and hollering and telling all the racers (there were a lot, many of whom we passed) they were great. November Project strikes again.

Shaun's knees and hamstring had been acting up earlier, so he took it easy down from Hope Pass. I ran ahead to the aid station to make his water drinks, then stayed behind and packed up (you can "mule" in this race, so I was wearing a ~10-15 pound pack the whole way). I ran down until I caught him and then we slowly made our way down to Twin Lakes (again, I had to short circuit some of the complaints about Hope Pass, although to be fair I hadn't run 50 miles). I ran ahead again in to the aid station in twilight with his poles, bounding across the flats before the river. It's hard for me to have poles (even stupidly short hiking ones) and not bound. Certainly got the heart rate up.

Again was in the aid station for a while, prepping for him (new shoes after the river crossing, also, RIVER CROSSING was amazing) and then packing up after him, and feeding myself. Then a 1500' climb out of there, much of it running to catch him, and 10 great miles on nice pack trail in the dark. He wasn't feeling the downhills so there was a bit too much walking, but it was dark. Next aid station was similar, then several miles on roads making up a lot of time against his pace chart and arriving 45 minutes "early" and then my watch died. Which was right around midnight, conveniently. So I turned on my phone …

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