I like my number. “Dewalt Tough” is in regard to John Dewalt, a race veteran who recently passed away.
It’s Hardrock 100 time again.
It’s hard to believe, but this year will be my 7th go at this race. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I was here for the first time.
Back in 2007 I made my first trip around this incredible course. I returned in 2009 and have run and finished every year since. You might think that after so many years things would get routine, but I don’t think this race could ever be described that way. Sure, the experience gained through the years makes certain aspects easier. I have less anxiety beforehand, training seems more efficient and organizing crew and drop bags is no longer a major practice in logistics — but as familiar as I might be with the course and what is needed to put together a good day, every year is a little different. It’s always exciting. read more>>>
When you look at the chart it’s probably not surprising that things started to change around Mile 23, near the top of the second big climb.
You might think after a half a dozen times at the same race that things would get easier. Sure, it helps to have some familiarity with the course and to be clued in to what lies ahead, but even with that and years of experience, you can never be certain that things will go smoothly at these trail ultras. read more>>>
The course was 33 miles or so this year, starting and finishing to the right on the map and loosely following the course in a counter-clockwise direction. It climbed more than 7,000 vertical feet before it was done. Click to enlarge.
Another summer, another calendar full of running races. When we registered for the Golden Gate Dirty 30 back in February we knew it would be a long shot to get properly trained for a trail 50K by the end of May. Our main focus through the spring is always skiing, and there just isn’t enough time to get in the miles. But that’s how it always is. read more>>>
Another Elk Mountain Grand Traverse has come and gone. The annual 40 mile ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen has become a rite of spring for Christy and me, we’ve done it 13 of the 17 years it’s been held, the last seven as a couple. We’ve always loved the event and we’ve encouraged anyone who’s curious to check it out.
Unfortunately, for the 3rd time in the history of the race the conditions up high were deemed too dangerous for it to follow its intended course to Aspen. There was a lot of snow and wind in the days before and to send 400 people (200 teams of two) through avalanche terrain in the middle of the night would have been irresponsible. We can all respect a decision made in the interest of safety, so the alternate course now dubbed the “Grand Reverse” was implemented and those of us that stuck around skied in and around Crested Butte.
It wasn’t our first time on the Reverse course. We did it as a team the last time conditions warranted it, five years ago (2010). I even participated when the first Reverse was called back in 1999, when the GT was only in its second year. It’s too bad that 15 years later it’s more or less the same boring course. It was disappointing to not be able to complete the intended route, but we were there and it was paid for so we decided to make the best of it. At least the East River Valley section wasn’t a dry hike this year. read more>>>
The weather challenged everyone from the start, pictured here, all the way to the finish.
What a day….
As we drove to the start of the race in Snowmass, the storm’s intensity increased. Despite the March 1st date, it was actually raining, so heavily that our windshield wipers were on high as if we were driving through a summer thunder storm. read more>>>
It was a beautiful day for a race.
Another year, another bout of punishing weather at the Breck Five Peaks.
We haven’t had much luck timing the conditions at this event. Last year’s race course had to be modified due to cold and wind, which was so punishing we were just happy to reach the finish. It was kind of a bummer because we were looking forward to the cool tour up and down the five peaks of the massive Breckenridge ski area.