LEADVILLE 100 - Brief race report
Hi everyone! Thanks for all the support regarding
Leadville (and the other SLAM events).
As you might guess, time has been in very short supply for me this
summer, but I have been asked for race reports, so hear is a brief report for
Raul Flores (from Mission,
Kansas - - Kansas City
area) came up behind me about 7 miles or so into the race and we ran together
on and off for over 1/2 of the first 50miles of the race. I was on pace for about a 24 hour finish, but
I struggled up the back side of Hope Pass.
I just felt fatigued and have concluded that the fatigue was related to
the two previous 100s in the 8 weeks prior to Leadville. After reaching the top of Hope
Pass, I felt that I ran much better
to Halfmoon (mile 70) - - but my splits don't reflect that. Shortly after Halfmoon, I realized I could
still break 25 hours, but I would have to push very hard to do it. I thought about it and realized that if I put
out the effort and broke 25 hours (or put out the effort and missed it) I would
not be in very good shape for Wasatch Front 100 in 3 weeks. (FYI - my quads were still sore 3 1/2 weeks
after Vermont 100, which is the
easiest of the 4 SLAM events.) I decided
to back off and take it easy the last 30 miles.
At treeline (about mile 72) I ran into Raul Flores again and he was
concerned about an injury. He said he
was going to walk it in for the finish (for his 1000 mile buckle) and I decided
to just walk the final 28 miles with him to get the finish and be in better
shape for Wasatch. I ran a little coming
down off Sugarloafin in order to get to a lower altitude quickly, but pretty
much walked the balance of the last 28 miles with Raul. He walks much faster than I usually do, so it
was still quite a workout for me to keep up with him. I really enjoyed his company, and the company
of his pacer, Mike English.
We finished the race together in
26:48. That was 7 minutes faster than my
time last year. I was happy with the
finish and it was actually fun WALKING across a finish line for the first time
in my life.
Today I have very little soreness
left, so I feel confident I will be ready for WF100 in 2 1/2 weeks.
Thanks again for all your
support! I enjoyed seeing Dale in
Leadville this year. He invited me on a
4 hour run the Sunday before LT100, but I declined. Maybe some other time Dale! :-)