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Some Professional Pics from Western States

Jul 7, 2011 | 5 Comments

My friend Brandon was on the other side of Emigrant Pass shooting runners as they ran by.  He’s a professional photographer and was killing time before his pacing duties kicked in.  If you ran the race or know someone that ran the race, they may be interested in the pics.

The album can be found here: http://www.collages.net/ViewAnEvent/modernphotographics

Click on the “Western States” event.  The password is 26505.

Enjoy!

 

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2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report: Part Six

Jul 5, 2011 | 15 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

Part Four- The Frantic Race Against the Clock

Part Five- The Finish

Post-Race Festivities

My exact post-race memories were a bit of a blur.  After my crew led me to the finish line, I rode a high for about 15 minutes.  Then sheer exhaustion set in.

I’ll try my Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report: Part Five

Jul 4, 2011 | 24 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

Part Four- The Frantic Race Against the Clock

In the last installment, Jeremiah and I safely arrived at the Highway 49 aid station.  When he began pacing me way back at Foresthill at mile 62, I was 45 minutes over the 24 hour cutoff.  We spent the last 31.5 miles hammering away at that time.  Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Four

Jul 4, 2011 | 6 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

The last installment ended as Jeremiah and I were leaving the Foresthill Aid Station.  For the first time in the race, I realized I was making MUCH better time than I thought.  I was 45 minutes over the 24 hour pace.  If I could manage to make up that 45 minutes over the last 38.2 miles, I Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Three

Jul 4, 2011 | 10 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

In the last chapter, I gave a rough outline of the time before hitting the Last Chance Aid Station.  Actually, I’m not even positive my memories before the Last Chance aid station are correct.  At that point in a 100 miler, I tend to focus inwardly and ignore the details like the sequence of events. I rely on my crew to remember important (i.e.- Read More...

2011 Western States 100 mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Two

Jul 2, 2011 | 6 Comments

Read part one here: Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run  Race Report Part One

In the last chapter, my crew and I were hanging out in Squaw Valley having a good time while waiting for the start of the race.  I had just gone to bed the evening before the race.

I opened my eyes.  The room was dark except for the creepy shadows cast by the permanently-installed night light wired to the hotel wall.  Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report Part One

Jul 2, 2011 | 7 Comments

Check out Shelly’s Crew Report on her blog: http://shoelessshelbell.blogspot.com/2011/07/western-states-crew-report.html

Western States.

What can I say?  It’s the grand daddy of American ultras.  When I started toying with ultras in 2005, this was THE race I wanted to run someday.  Over the years, the mystique was diminished a little by the likes of Hardrock and the Barkley… but Western was still on my must-do list.

I entered the lottery last year and did not get Read More...

Ultramarathon Training: What I Did for Western States

Jun 28, 2011 | 51 Comments

I’m getting quite a few questions about my training for Western States… mostly from the people that were aware of my lackadaisical approach I took.   The race performance did not seem even remotely possible given my apparent training regimen.  Some (Shacky) even accused me of sandbagging. 

For my three previous 100 milers, I took various approaches.

For the first Burning River attempt in ’08, I followed Crossfit and Crossfit Endurance religiously.  I meticulously planned every Read More...