Friday, November 20, 2015

Icespike Tip of the Month Reach Your Potential - Reach Your Goals
by yours truly, Chantal Warriner

Late fall is a great time of year to plan our following season’s race schedule.  

November means two things to me.  It is my birthday month, and the month in which I start planning my following season’s race schedule.  There’s nothing like getting a year older that makes you evaluate and re-evaluate your race goals and bucket list.  I find this time of year extremely motivating.  I am rested and recovered from my previous running season and ready to plan and dream of my upcoming adventures.  

With any goal, it is imperative to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Where am I now?
  2. Where do you I want to be? What do I want to achieve?

We could further elaborate these important questions with:

Where am I now?
    1. What is my current fitness level?
    2. Where is my head at?
    3. What worked for me this season?
    4. What didn’t work for me this season?
    5. What motivated me to keep training/racing?
Where do you I want to be? What do I want to achieve?
    1. What is important to me to achieve next year? In the next few years?
    2. What support system do I need to put into place?
    3. What team members/stakeholders do I need to engage?
    4. What will keep me motivated to continue training/racing?
{ name a few}
When answered truthfully,  these questions can help you create a roadmap to success.  

However, to be realistic, the best laid plans can potentially fall apart without some basic key elements.  A successful runner is typically an athlete would trains consistently.  In my opinion, staying motivated is directly related to training consistently .  One technique that has kept me motivated over the years is keeping a training log.  Seeing myself reach targets and hitting key workouts is empowering and keeps pushing towards my goals.  

In addition, a positive attitude may keep a runner strong and happy.  It is not out of the ordinary for me to repeat the following simple phrases throughout my workouts and races:
I am a strong runner!”  
“I am fit.  I am healthy!”
“I can do this.  I WILL do this!”  
Lastly but as equally important is comfort.  Comfort - or should I say the lack of comfort - can and will make or break a success story.  Running shoes that fit properly; clothing that doesn’t cause chafing; and course using Icespikes so traction isn’t an issue! These are all things that we could easily be incorporated into our running.

So there you have it.  Reach your potential. Ask yourself the questions! Make a plan! Train consistently! Stay positive and believe in yourself.  We are all capable of doing great things.  We just need to go for it.

The holiday season is fast approaching.  Beat the holiday rush and order now.  #icespike

Thank you.

Chantal W.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

2015 and Oilcreek 100 km report

Before I get to my Oilcreek race report, I feel like I should explain my journey to Oilcreek first.

My 2015 season was mapped out in the late months of 2014, and the early months of 2015.  I was excited, eager and scared straight to run my first 100 miler in June

2015 was my second year tackling the ultra distance. I trained smartly, consistently and hard.  I was pumped to kick off the season with a win at PYP. I love love love this local race.  

One week later, on May 2nd, I traveled in style with friends to NY state to race North Face’s Bear Mountain 50 miler.  Unfortunately, I came down with a cold and couldn’t get my breathing and heart rate to slow down. I finished the race {6th female, 10:24:43} but broke out in a fever, chills, nausea and dizziness a couple hours later.  Ok, so it wasn’t ideal, but it was over 10hrs on my feet and the experience was banked for my first 100 miler, right?!!

7 weeks later, healthy, fit and tapered, I travelled to the US once again.  This trip brought me to beautiful Dayton, Wyoming.  Staying with like-minded friends, I toed the start line with uncertainty but with respect and confidence.  Everything was going great and my 100 mile race was right on track.  I meet a new friend (Hi @Alan Lam!) and was having a great old time! Unfortunately, my feet swelled and I was forced to decide between continuing on or DNF’ing . Actually, it wasn’t a decision at all.  With shoes that were now way too small for me, I walked - and I use the world “walk” loosely  -  approx. 20 miles to the finish line. With many many tears later (and one panda bear later - OK, one hallucinated panda bear later), I crossed the finish line with Alan (who took care of me in those long hours) in a time of 32h15m.  I was the145th of 150 runners to come in and 5 minutes from being in last place*.  I win races; I podium at races and I went to Bighorn to do the same.  So I was completely humbled by the experience, but I am proud of my heart and my hard headedness of not giving up.  It was definitely character building.  You just never know what’s going to happen in a 100 miler.  There are a few things every runner should never forget: always respect the distance; always respect the mountains; always respect the trail!  

A short time after the race, I signed up to be on the Oilcreek 100 km waiting list.  I wanted more than one more race to ‘redeem’ myself.  I was over the moon to get into this sought out race.  

* Bighorn 100 Miler had ~50% dropout rate.

This brings me to July and August.  These months were primarily for recovering and spending time with my family.  I did however,  have my first go at an unsupported FKT (fastest known time) in Killarney Provincial Park.  The La Cloche Silhouette trail is an 80km trail in Eastern Ontario.  It is probably the most rugged trail in Eastern Ontario.  I haven’t posted my report on this FKT yet, so I won’t spoil it here, but I broke the 16 hour women’s FKT and finished my unsupported loop in 14h01m.  

September’s adventure had me travelling within my beautiful country to Golden, BC with my great friend Kat Tupling and awesome travelling/racing buddy Kendra Olsen. We got spoiled rotten by our host Alan Lam.  Thanks again for taking care of me Alan!  

I was very fortunate to be one of the Golden Ultra’s scholarship recipients.  This race did not disappoint.  Magi Scallion and her team did an amazing job planning and executing this inaugural 3 day ultra stage race.  With this race being 3 weeks out from my fall ‘A’ race, my plan was to trained through the race with only couple of days of rest prior to the race start.  The races were challenging in terrain and elevation and I finished in a combined time of 11h11m - 3rd in the open female division.  Unfortunately, I came home with plantar fasciitis my right foot.  Limping, in pain and disappointed, I poured my heart out to my coach, Coach @Mike Coughlin, about how I was doing emotionally and physically.  It was decided that training would be cut back and resting/rehabbing would become priority (thanks @Lisa Wilson).  My ‘A’ race was only weeks away, and I wasn’t even sure if I could go.  6 days until race day, I “tested” my foot with a 2 hr run in Collingwood with my friend Caitlin.  I committed to travelling to the race on Thursday, 36 hours before the gun was set to go off.  

With all of my heart, I wanted to end my season with a bang! I wanted to get my confidence back. I had no idea if I would succeed, but man was I going to try.

I travelled down with my best bud Craig Kingston. Craig agreed to crew my race and pace me for the last 27 kilometers.  I honestly don’t remember many details of the race.  My foot was sore from the beginning.  I thought it would be in my best interest to run as fast as I could, so I could finish the race as fast as I could and thus get off my feet as fast as I could.  I know this could have backfired with me blowing up, but fortunately it didn’t.  I forced myself to listen attentively to my audiobook.  The hours actually flew by.  At the 73 km mark (~ 9 hrs into my race), I turned off my book and started running with Craig.  Craig was so polite and encouraging.  We weren’t very talkative, but we knew we had business to take care of.  I’m happy to say, I pushed all the way to the finish line.  We even sprinted the homestretch once Craig saw the timing clock, rounding the hour. I finished in 12h00m03s; 2nd female and 5th overall.  I succeeded in finishing my season with a bang.  

Saturday, October 11th, 2015,  6 am start
Oil Creek State Park, Titusville, Pennsylvania
11,026' elev gain - 31 hour limit
Unforgiving.  Historic.  Gnarly.  Do you have what it takes?  
Registration opened March 21st, ‘15 & sold out March 21st, ‘15. Wow! That is a huge statement.
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Split 1
OVR 9th    Chantal Warriner    692    35F       2 Female        5:42:59.10     11:11/M

Split 2
OVR 5th    Chantal Warriner   692    35F        2 Female        8:29:20.00     12:08/M

Final Split
OVR 5th    Chantal Warriner    692    35F       2  Female      12:00:03.30     11:37/M

It is so important to me that people know how grateful I am to have my health and ability to do these amazing feats.  Believing in yourself is crucial.  The mind and body is an amazing thing.  Thank you to my husband Jeff Warriner who supports my crazy ideas. Thank you to my friends and family who continue to encourage me.  Thank you to my beautiful kids who light up everytime we talk running and enjoy the outdoors together.  Thank you Coach Mike who always believes in me.  Thank you Team Runningskirts for adopting me. Thank you Ultimate Direction, Icespike, Smartwool and Brooks Canada for allowing me to be an ambassador for your most amazing products.  I am so proud to be part of your teams.  Thank you @Kat Tupling, @Craig Kingston, and @Oliver Fischer for pushing me along! My training runs with you are some of most memorable runs of the season.  I am so fortunate to have you guys!

Cheers to these development years! Cheers to rest! And most importantly, cheers to planning 2016!   Thank you for reading!!

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

2015 Golden Ultra (BC) Race Report

2015 Golden BC Race Report - From the Ontario Perspective.

My journey to Golden BC started in January when I applied for a sponsorship spot! I was over the moon to get word on February 4th that I was picked to attend the 2015, inaugural year of the Golden Ultra. From the get go, I just loved the energy Race Director Magi Scallion and the ultra team had.  I can’t even imaging all of the hours that went into prepping and planning this 3 day  event.  It surely was evident on the weekend.  The races, volunteers, photographers, locals, visitors, and their dogs were so nice and inviting. It was hard to leave! Perhaps a 6 day option is in order. ;)

Before I go on any further, I have this to say:

To my dear friend Alan Lam:  Alan, you took care of me in Wyoming in my debut 100 mile race! You outdid yourself once again with your generosity, hospitality and kindness!  THANK YOU FOR ABSOLUTELY everything you did for me, Kat and Kendra.  You truly outdid yourself.  Now, let’s get you to Ontario for a trip!  I’ll show you our mole hills! ;p   PS: Great pictures too!  

Day 1- Blood   1000m gain - 5km - 4pm start

This graph is so deceiving.  
Doesn’t it look like a gentle climb up? I wasn’t! I sure was glad to have my poles!

This race was my first go at a Vertical Mile Challenge!  VMs are big in Europe and I surely was excited to find out was the hype is all about!  

CHALLENGE is surely the right word to describe it.  We started at the  bottom of the gondola and “ran” straight up.  I’m pretty sure I ran less than 1 minute in this whole race!   It’s absolutely impressive to see how fast peoples legs can bring them up such a steep slope.  

My finishing time was 1:06:44 - which was good for 3rd in the overall female standings.  Total calf burner!  Loved it!!

We caped up the night with awards, a mandatory meeting and a delicious meal at Kicking Horse Resort!

Day 2- Sweat - 2500m elevation gain - 57km - 930 am start


The start of this race was in the village.  Energy was in the air; but nerves and fear was also felt.  Perhaps it was just how I was feeling!  I love and respect the mountains! One thing I’ve learnt these last couple of years is - you just never know what the mountains will bring you that day!  

With a quick 2 km road section done, we hit the single track and pretty much climbed the next 34km, with the last ~ 5 km being straight up!  Lung burner!!  I felt wonderful climbing!  Again, very thankful for my poles.  I gained strength with every step and felt totally in my element.  At the top of the mountain, I joked with volunteers about the size of my local ski hill - and the whopping 6 minutes it takes me to run up it!  

It was great to Alan on one of the summits taking photos!  It was funny when he asked me to run, while looking up at the camera.  I’m just glad I didn’t fall on my face for that photo op! lol.   The ridge on top was fantastic.  It was cloudy, so the view wasn’t ideal.  Perhaps that’s for the best as the cliff beside me was straight down.  Way to go mountain bikers who bike up there - you sure do have nerves of steel.  

Time to run down!!  My least favourite part of mountain races.  By the bottom, my feet were sore and my quads were sore.  I, #16,  passed the checkpoint in 16th spot (men and women), with 16km to go.  (16 -16-16) What are the odds!  There was lots of self-encouraging moments in the next couple of hours.  Then, the most demoralizing thing happened.  I got passed at the road (2km to go; at the 55km mark) by a competitor. :(  I tried to stay with her, but couldn’t.  She had me that day.  I finished in 7:46:26…. holding 3rd position in the overall open women standings.  

Super proud of Kat Tupling who completed her first ultra on this day!!  Kendra Olsen also rocked the ultra.  Absolutely amazing ladies!

Day 3 - Tears - 800m elevation gain - 22km

I would love to hit this trail on fresh legs!  One could definitely tear it up.  On this day however, it wasn’t going to be pretty.  The first few kilometers were a bit laughable.  My wobbly legs and not so pleasant words on each down hill were quickly replaced with great conversation and faster pace. The couple of hours of racing went by fast and before I knew it, I came out of the switchbacks onto the gravel path to see a fellow female racer in sight.  My competitiveness took over and I realed her in.  A quick breather behind her and a surged passed got me a 16 second edge to the finish line.  My finishing time:  2:18:09.

With a 3 day combined time of 11:11:19, a small 2 minutes faster than the 4th place open female competitor, I just made the podium! It was a great experience.  I learnt lots and most importantly, I had fun.  A total of 5 days in the mountains amongst friends is a great way to have a vacation!  Thank you everyone who had part of making it possible!

Also, A BIG Thank you Magi Scallion for everything you have done this last year.  It was great to get to know you.  

All of the articles Magi wrote and/or had part in organizing!!  

We finished out trip with a quick trip back to Banff for a beautiful hike up Sulphur Mountain.  What a view!!!!  Now time for a little rest and family time.

Photo credits:  Alan Lam

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Great race report from Alan Lam.  My new friend!  He and I met on the Bighorn 100M course.

2015 Bighorn 100miler Race Report

Bad decisions make better stories.  But I didn’t make any bad decisions during the race.  I knew going in, because of my lingering knee issue, I would have to run well within myself.  Having been to Bighorn before and finished here before help tremendously.  I have also learned from my previous Bighorn mistakes.  This time I did much better with my nutrition, hydration and electrolyte level.  For once, I never bonked and never cramped.  So how do you explain my slowest 100miler time, you ask?  Because of one great decision I made.

I decided to walk the final 22miles to the finish.

I have never hugged another racer in the middle of a 100miler race before.  Especially not a stranger who I just met on the trail.  But it felt like the right thing to do.  Besides, by now we had been running together for over 100k, she’s hardly a stranger anymore.  And so we walked the final 22 miles together. 

In an Ultra, you often play cat-and-mouse with other runners with similar pace.  Some runners like to chat with others during a race.  Not me.  Especially not this time.  I just wanted to stay focused in my own race.  I know I have to dig deep physically and mentally in order to have a snowball-chance-in-hell finishing.  I was determined NOT to talk to anyone.

About 2miles in, at the top of the climb out of the canyon, I saw from a distance couple spectators cheering us on and giving out high fives.  As I got closer, I could recognize that cheerful voice.  It was Leslie Gerein.  I yelled LESLIE!!  And she yells back ALAN!!  Then she said to everyone around me, “Watch out that skinny Asian guy!”  Angela was there too.  Everyone gets high fives from them.  I get big hugs.  Love you girls.

About 10miles in, I caught up to a group of runners.  Among them a lady in an orange top.  I noticed her because we kept leap-frogging each other, all the way into our first major aid station, Dry Forks, 13miles in.  I said “good job” to her at the aid station.  I sat down in the shade, got some food and did what I needed to do, then left.  I never saw orange top lady again until the next major aid station, 30miles in, at Footbridge.  She checks in a few minutes behind me.  It’s been really hot.  Many runners already not looking so well at this aid station.  This time I sat down a little longer and ate a little more, preparing for the long 18miles climb to the turn-around point.  I know, once the sun goes down, I would be able to run a little better and I needed that energy.  Since my only goal is to finish, I really took my time here.  I saw the orange top lady leaving, then moments later she came back.  Must have forgotten something important.  Headlamp?  Poles?  Not sure.  By the second time she leaves, there was a group of 3 or 4 of us all left at the same time.

Some chatty guy in front of me started a conversation with her.  All I could hear from their conversation was that she said she was “from Canada.”  Soon after, she dropped chatty guy in the dust.  I caught up to Chantal Warriner couple minutes later.
That was the moment when my 2015 Bighorn 100miler went from “just to complete” to Go Go Go.

I found out that Chantal is from Ontario, Bighorn is her first 100miler and she’s here to compete for a top spot.  Digging a little deeper, I know that she ran Fat Dog 70miler last summer.  I was running behind her at that moment and we were moving at a very good pace.  The back of my mind I was thinking, if she can run like this, she probably had won Fat Dog.  I didn’t ask her if she did or not.  But a quick check of the results after the fact confirms that.  This might be her debut 100miler, but Chantal definitely has the talent and track records to compete for the top spot here. 
I said to her, “I would pace you.”  She accepted the offer with no hesitation.  I stepped in front of her and with a flip of the switch, I went from “Tourist mode” to “Pacer mode”.  Now I have a job to do.

The next 13 miles, we climbed over 3000ft in elevation.  Passing guys left, right and centre.  We also caught couple girls ahead of her.  The best I have been feeling and running all day.  It was also somewhere along this 13miles stretch where I ran into my very first bear on the trail.  Around the bend just after we crossed the bridge with the climbing rope.  15 years of trail running in Alberta, and often running by myself, I have never had a bear encounter.  Here I am during a race, with 3 people behind me, I saw the juvenile black bear running back into the woods.  My first American Bear as well.  Like 95% of all bear encounters, it occurs and ends peacefully.  No one screams.  No one got hurt.  No one panics and rips out the bear spray and accidentally discharges it on himself.

At the Elk Camp aid station, 5miles from the highest point on the course, Chantal left without me.  I found myself all of a sudden back to Tourist mode.  Instead of trying to chase her, I walked a lot in that 5 miles.  At the turn-around aid station Jaws, nearly 9000ft in elevations, it was very crowded, seems like total chaos.  Runners everywhere, volunteers everywhere, crew and family members all tripping over each other.  I checked with the volunteers to see if Chantal had left or not.  Volunteer said not yet.  She should be in here still.  I looked around to try to find her.  And I found her sitting couple chairs to my left.

The afternoon was well over 30C but at this high elevation, at night, it was cold.  I could see my breath.  Chantal layers up while I eat some more.  15min later we checked out.  As we got close to the turn-around, I had also been paying attention as to how many girls were in front of her.  I believed at the turn-around she was sitting at 4th or 5th place among the ladies.  With 52miles left to go and lots of downhills, we were in good position.  Overall, there were perhaps 30 to 40 runners in front of us in total.  I was still feeling really good.  And if by helping Chantal, I somehow get a faster than anticipated time, it’s a win win.

But I did warn Chantal that because of my lack of training, I would only be pacing her or keeping pace with her for as long as my body could hold up.  I could blow up at any given moment.

Among all the 100milers from Calgary/Lethbridge, I only saw Leslie as we come back down the mountain in the dark.  I was hoping it was just because it was too dark to see who is who and no one had dropped out yet.

Bighorn is not an easy race.  If you look at the course elevation profile, you would think that you can make up tones of time on all those downhill sections in the second half.  Not the case.  It’s because some of those sections are so rocky and technical that you spend just as much time going down as you would going up.

I get to know a little more about Chantal.  She was a college basketball star and a triathlete before entering the ultra running world.  She hates road running.  A mother of two girls.  And when she’s not running through the night, she is out there saving lives as an EMS. 

We were having lots of laughs, time and miles just flew by.  After several hours, we finally made our ways back down the mountain and into Footbridge aid station once again.  34miles to go.  1/3 left.  In my mind, I was thinking, “OK, just like running the 3rd and final loop at Lost Soul.”

In my experience and own opinions, the next 16miles is the hardest section in the entire Bighorn 100miler race.  Going from Footbridge back to Dry Forks.  Three times now, it is this section that broke me.  Chantal once again left the aid station a little earlier than me.  This time I did try to chase her down.  But each time I checked into the next two aid stations, the volunteers would tell me, “she’s about 10-15min ahead of you.”  So I am really not gaining on her at all.  Just when I was about to give up chasing her and go back to my Tourist mode, I spotted a bright pink jacket in the distance.  By the time I finally caught up to her, I saw the bad news.  Chantal had been reduced to a painful limping shuffle because of swollen feet and blisters.  And there were tears in her eyes.  I gave her a hug and said I would walk in with her.

That final 22miles took us over 9hr, in the hottest part of the day.  Before that, we were on pace to finish around 26-27hr.  The long, steep downhills were really hurting her feet now.  By now, tones of 50k, 50miles runners were flying by us and other 100milers too were catching us.  They could all tell just by watching Chantal’s gait, how much pain she was enduring.  They all gave her much appreciated encouragements.

32hr15min after the race started, we crossed the finish line together with arms in the air, tears in the eyes and smiles on our faces.  And one fantastic story on how a great friendship started.

Congrats to all Calgary and Lethbridge runners who participated in Bighorn.  I had a fantastic weekend, thank you all.  Leslie, Laura, my first attempt at Bighorn 100miler also ended with a DNF.  I have now finished here twice.  I hope you will try again.  It will be that much sweeter.

3 things that puts a smile on my face from that weekend.
  1. When 50miler runners say, “Don’t know how you guys do the 100miler here.”
  2. When first time Bighorn 100mile finishers say, “Can’t believe you would do this more than once.”
  3. When Gary says, “Any time you need a road trip buddy, call me.”

In darkest night, you make your sun
You choose your race, and then you run
You lose the moon, then be a star
It's not what you have; it's who you are

It's Who You Are ~ Sung by A.J. Michalka 

Chantal Warriner, you are a Bighorn 100miler finisher!  That's who you are.  Welcome to the club.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

 100 Miles- Bighorn Mountains Race Report

Approximately 17,500 feet of climbing and 18,000 feet of descent.

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This 100 mile race was an 11am start on Friday, June 19th, with 330 other runners hoping to cover the distance in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, USA.  It is described as an “
extremely challenging” race, on an out-and-back course with elevations up to 10,000 feet.  We started in soaring temperatures of 30+ celsius degrees with not a single cloud in the sky.  It was hot!  I had sweat dripping from my chin within minutes.  It was the kind of heat that had our elbow creases sweating.  Need I say more!  330 runners, soaked, climbing a ~13 miles mountain, hoping to stay ahead of dehydration and heat exhaustion.  Looking up and looking back, it looked like we were in a huge conga line.  What an exhilarating feeling!  

So how did I do?  Well, if you look up my results, it may look like I did horribly.  

Here are my stats:

Gun time - 32:15:35
Overall Finish - 144 / 193 (finishers) Remember, 330 people started
Gender Finish - 23 / 36
Age Group Finish - 10 / 12

But sometimes numbers don’t tell the whole story.  My race started great!  I was comfortable, eating and drinking with no issues.  It wasn’t until the ~78 mile marker that things started to go badly.  

I climbed back up to either Bear Camp or Stock Tank (can’t remember which), taped up some toes and headed to Cow Camp (76.5 miles).  By this time, my feet were swollen.  Wedged in my shoes, excruciating pain in my feet/toes, I walked out of this aid station.  With no bigger shoes to changed into, I trudged the next 6 miles back to Dryfork.  At this aid station, with the help of 2 great volunteers, they taped up my whole feet in hopes that the swelling/blisters would decrease.  Stomach and hydration still good, I hoped I could pull things together to finish the race running.  Nope!  Unfortunately, the tape didn’t help.  I took out my orthotics on the side of the trail, to give my feet more room.  Well, that just killed my feet. This downhill section was the worst!  I’ll admit, there were lots of tears!  Hobble hobble hobble…. and now with 5 miles to go, the TR TH blister volunteers helped me take off my tape, soak my feet in freezing river water, re-taped my blistered, put my orthotics back in and encouraged me to finish the race.  

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Normal feet ----------------  feet getting taped ------------------ sausage toes/feet

This next section was a dirt road, and flat all the way to the finish line.  It felt never ending!  I saw a panda bear beside the river on this section.  I guess that’s what being awake and running for so long does to ya.  Panda bear or no panda bear, I got threw it with a finish time of 32h15m, with tears in my ears, a smile on my face and the hand of extraordinary stranger in mine. 

So, it wasn’t the breakthrough race that I trained for, but I am proud that I didn’t DNF.  To be honest, I never once had the thought of quitting.  Even though I went into this race with the goal of a podium finish, I didn’t want to DNF.  With my family in my heart, the encouraging words of fellow runners,  I hobbled on.  That's just the kind of stubborn person that I am.

Dryfork 13.4 miles (20.8km) climb, 7480’ elevation,  3h09m
Footbridge 30 miles (50 km), 4590’ elevation, 6h57m
Jaws 48 miles (77 km), 8800’ elevation, no data
Footbridge 66 miles (105 km), 4590’ elevation, 17h53m
Dryfork 82.5 miles (132 km) 23h23m
Finish line 100 miles (160 km), 32h15m

I can not finish this blog without talking about the friend that I made: Alan Lam.  Alan and I met at approximate 10 mile.  We talked and shared stories and we even have some of the same friends.  What a small world!  You really get to know someone when you spend that much time together.  I still can’t believe he stuck with me when times got tough for me.  Thank you Alan!!!  Truly, truly, truly...Thank you!  (Sorry for all the tears.) I hope we could race together again soon.

Now what? I have a fire in my gut that is always growing. I love this sport and I am not going anywhere.  I’m recovering well, and looking forward to my second peak this fall.  Golden Ultra and Oil Creek 100k, here I come!!!
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