It was the shortest outing I've had there. I just checked the race tracking site, and a lot of good runners with a lot of prior finishes there didn't make it this year.
Mt. Hillyer aid station is mile 48. The start of the steep road hike up is about 3 miles away, so I made it about 45.
42 this month. Not sure if I'm going to another 100. When they go south, the experience is really horrible. I may just stick to 50k races and a 50 miler from time to time.
Thanks, guys. Waiting for the wife to get up so we can go out and get my traditional post-race eggs. I need to get those 16 pounds back.
About to head to the start line. See ya on the other side guys and gals...
I thought Wild Turkey mating season was over.
Sometime before 2pm Sunday.
Since I've failed both previous attempts at this race, my motto this year is "get to the finish or die trying". Regardless, I'm not aware of anyone dying in these races except a handful of freak accidents from people falling off cliffs, and once from hypothermia. There are trained medical staff at each aid station, all of whom are ultrarunners themselves. Their job is to help you finish safely. My wife and her sister are providing crew support and I'll see them every few miles.
There will probably be 150 or so starters. I'm just going for a finish, so I won't be paying attention to splits, just the time cut-offs at aid stations.
The Wrightwood Lions Club holds a pre-race pasta dinner as a fundraiser. We attend that.
Thanks! Just waiting for my wife and sister to get around to go to breakfast. Day today full of race prep and pre-race meetings. Want to know why the monarch butterfly population has declined? They're all in my stomach right now.
Hopefully, your prediction is accurate.
My wife was gardening in our yard. We live in a canyon. I hear a strange sound, and then my wife screaming for me to come outside. I walk out the door to see a drone hovering low over our yard and following my wife around. It then came and started to follow me. I tried to find something to get at that thing and kill it, but came up with nothing. It then left, too quick for me to follow to where it came from. I was furious about that for a long time.
Just found the sticker site my friend used to make the one on his Subaru. I might get one for my Jeep.
Given the Buckeye news, it all seems sad to me.
Wow... this has been a fun hour or so this morning for Buckeye fans.
And I do carry my phone on training runs. I don't during races. Except for one long session without aid stations where I need a vest to carry extra gear, I'm going light in this race. Just a shirt and short running shorts for clothes. That's it.
I have a friend who is a social media "celebrity", who tweets and Facebooks while she's racing. She's actually doing this race this weekend, but won't be able to do the social media thing because the only reception is on the tall peaks early in the race, when there's a sight line to the desert, and late in the race when you have sight lines to LA.
Late race motivation...
Haha... it took me a second...
Ha! I think the race environment mostly scares them away, though runners do stumble across them in races sometimes. The biggest concern, not that I'm generally overly concerned about them, is bears. They've been wreaking havoc in the LA-side of the mountains this year because of the drought, and they have historically made their way on to the course during the race and held runners up, mostly at night.
A lot of runners listen to music. I just listen to the soundtrack of nature since all of my training is in the wilderness. Finding a running group can help if the social aspect would push you. There are plenty everywhere. It's going to be tough if the mindset is that it's a workout. I never set out to do what I'm doing... initially, it was a workout slog motivated by entering races. Eventually, something flipped inside of me (when I was training for my first 50k) where running became as essential as breathing.
Oh... full body chafing after that 60 mile outing at Mohican. I was actually leaving blood spots in our bed for several nights after I got home. I hope that doesn't happen again. I bought fresh shorts for this race.
If you check out the pics on the sgtrails site I linked to above (I know there aren't many, since the site just started), all of the pics in the page headers are from the race course for my race this weekend.