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LABuckeye


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Comment 7 hours ago

I went into Calabasas for the early race check in Friday night, and was going to eat at a restaurant. I decided instead to stop at a grocery store and buy a dinner salad. The dressing tasted "off". I think that was what bugged me, but I will never know.

Comment 11 hours ago

I know a lot of former tri folks that left that for ultras to get away from the douchiness. That said, ultras have changed in the short time I've been in the sport because of a recent influx of money and publicity. It still has a community feel, but it seems like there are more assholes around.

Comment 11 hours ago

It's all good. The shorter distances are probably healthier. I won't claim ultras are healthy. Almost certainly healthier than being a couch potato, though.

Comment 11 hours ago

I should note that if you get into this game, and I think it's a great one to get in to, never take the distance for granted. When training regularly, 20 miles should be a fairly easy run. That doesn't mean 20 miles is a short distance. At some point you will run into a problem where 3 miles seems far. Respect the distance.

Also related, be aware that it is commonplace for people to DNF their second attempt at a distance after completing it the first time, as has happened with me at 50 miles and 100 miles. I only have one DNF in many 50ks, which I blame on being attacked by a swarm of hornets. I didn't drop after the stings... I kept going anyway (as did most of the runners caught in it), but I had trouble breathing on a big climb later and collapsed. 

Comment 11 hours ago

21,000 feet. That race sells out in 10 minutes every year.

I got hooked on it because of the community in my first 50k. It was 113 degrees... The hottest in the history of the very hot Bulldog 50k. It took me forever, but I finished. I finished because everyone was helping each other finish, sharing resources like salt tablets and water. Sharing the few shade patches that existed on the course. I made a lot of friends in that race.

Comment 11 hours ago

Ha! That's what my wife said about my Facebook post about the race. I'm already predisposed to not being skittish about that stuff as a biologist, and ultra runners are forced to be public about their in-race body issues. It's part of the sport.

Comment 12 hours ago

I use Body Glide, which is a lubricant in deodorant stick form made for runners. I used to use Band Aids, but they often come off. 

Regarding camping, the surrounding hills were in the fifties. Cold air sinks. Canyons, like where the campground was, get colder. I had no idea it was going to get that cold. I set up camp without the rain fly on because I expected a nice night. By 8 pm, I had every bit of clothing on that I brought. I put on the fly and went to bed. Was shocked when I got up in the morning and frost was covering everything. Frost isn't shocking in cooler weather in SoCal, but I wasn't expecting it during a warm spell.

Comment 13 hours ago

My wife picked up running as well, and has now run one 50k trail race. She trains with me sometimes. I have a couple ultrarunning friends I train with from time to time. I do a lot of it on my own, which is preferred for me because it's my time to think and reflect.

Comment 13 hours ago

I run a small biological consulting firm. I work out of my home when I'm not in the field. While work can demand a lot of my time sometimes, I mostly can make my own schedule.

Comment 13 hours ago

It's at that point that running stops being fun anymore. It's more like a job. I don't have to train that much to finish a hundred, but my best AC 100 attempt (where I got injured late) was when I did that, so I intend to do it again. I plan on running the whole 100 mile course over the July 4th weekend, in increments of 45, 35, and 20. A lot of successful runners do that.

Comment 13 hours ago

My peak training will be in the summer leading up to my 100 mile race. I'll have several hundred mile weeks then. If I were to do that now, I wouldn't make it to the main races in the summer. Your body can't maintain volume that high for that long.

Comment 13 hours ago

If anyone is curious, peeing a deep deep dark red that looks like wine is a serious mind-f***. I got nervous every time I went for nearly a year afterward.

Comment 14 hours ago

My only real goal was to finish. I had a secondary goal, if I felt good late and thought it feasible, to finish before sunset. That would have been 11 hours.

Comment 14 hours ago

I went to the hospital the first time it happened. It was color of cabernet. There was nothing wrong with me. It cleared up immediately after the run. It wasn't nearly as dark this time.