This was a race I was looking forward in much the same way that Nikko looks forward to getting an flu shot.
A few things went wrong in my lead up to this run. One of my goals of this year was to ride a 1000+km bike ride. Initially, I was looking at the DBC's Gold Rush Randonee... then Sigman said he was going to sign up for the BC Bike Race... which was at the same time. So then I proposed that we should do SFR's Spring 1000km ride. By this time we were having record snowfall and Squaw had already announced that they would remain open on weekends until the 4th of July... so I assumed this race would get pushed back and rescheduled.
But it didn't... and yes it was a lot of running on snow, and yes there were skiers and boarders on the mountain while we ran. A bit ridiculous IMO.
Anyhoo, I wasn't that worried about the 1000k as I've done many brevets and long rides every year. But this would be my longest race, my first ultra race, and I hadn't run consistently over the last few years. So I focused much of my training leading up this race just getting time on my feet. Not necessarily long tempo runs, but just slow runs, with plenty of hills, getting used to walking. This plan was conceived by Sam, Seth and I... but Sam couldn't do it as Ollie qualified for regionals in some climbing comp (Go Ollie!). So Seth and I were planning to head up with the fam and spend the weekend up in Tahoe.
Seth told me that his fam wouldn't be making it, so he'd be going solo... and about the same time I had been told that one of my high school buddies was planning to have his bachelor party in Zephyr Cove that weekend. So... I figured I'd recover from the 1000k/50k by drinking beer, tossing bags, playing spikeball with about 20 of my buddies. Which worked out quite well...
Got there a few days early to start working on the house, and loosen up my legs which were recovering from the 1000k last weekend...
|My deck took quite a beating this winter...|
|but at least my house didn't blow up like this one...|
|Warming hut still open! I remember having to walk down quite a ways to get to this one mid-season.|
|Finally got to Long Lake... which was a bit too cold for the day.|
|I was tempted... but not at 7:30 pm with 5 mi to go...|
|Fun trails within minutes of downtown.|
|Definitely not real...|
After riding, Miley and I had a beer and grabbed a Shawarma downtown... and soon I drove to the bachelor party. Some folks were already getting ready for bed (Jake...) as they were tired from playing in the beach all day. This place was rediculous... 4 stories with an elevator, a pool, hot tub, etc...
|Pool with a fountain...|
|really, really bad tequila...|
|After playing a million games of bags and spike ball... I took off so that I could get some sleep. Plus I knew I had an early morning... I met Seth at Pahatsi and we went to bed early. I slept outside on the deck, which was lovely.|
|Race day... we ran into Steve, Drew, and saw a few other familiar faces. We figured we might as well start in the back so that we can pace ourselves. But turns out passing folks the whole time takes a lot of energy...|
|Long lines of folks... I think I must've passed 150 folks.|
|Here's the "stairway to heaven"...|
|by the second lap folks were shredding the perfect spring snow. I was very, very jealous...|
|Splitboard Stevee and his lovely daughter...|
|Seth coming in for the finish. I was 20 min from leaving to be honest...|
|Seth had bonked, overheated, and was a bit miserable...|
|We went and cooled off in Cushing's pond along with the doggies...|
|and remote controlled boats... this one was towed behind a remote control car... seriously...|
|While the skiers were in their shorts, bikinis full on party at Squaw...|
Here's the course...
I think this course played to my forte. There wasn't a whole lot of running, but tons of hiking up steep snowy hills and running down slushy snow melt. This was a bit like doing Shasta but missing the whole point by just running down vs skiing down... with aid stations and surrounded by masochists.
I was really planning to bail and go back to the party after one lap, but I told myself that if I did one lap in 3.5 hours and I felt ok, I'd have no reason to bail. So I finished the first lap in about 3:28... so after waiting to see if I'd see Seth for 10 min, I took off the second lap.
For this race, we just started off near the back of the pack, figuring we'd just take it easy all day... but
In the end I felt pretty good and came in at 7:14:02, which put me in 55th out of 175. Not to bad egh?
There were some famous runners doing the race, and some famous non-runners like Emily Harrington, who I ran a bit of the second lap with.
After our complementary dinner (pizza, pasta)... we went our separate ways. Seth, back to his fam... and me back to Spikeball. All in all, it turned out to be quite a fun weekend.