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Reverse-engineering the Ultramarathon

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mendon Ponds 50K

Going into Mendon Ponds 50K this Saturday I was skeptical of the published elevation numbers for the course.  I'd hiked the trail before and didn't have an impression of it as really hilly, so I just didn't see how it could actually have 1100' of climb per 10K loop.

On the way home I told Karen that I now believe every foot of it - individually.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Am I an ultrarunner or a guy who ran an ultra once?

All the while as I was preparing for my first ultra I wondered: what would come afterward?  When you focus on something that is a really huge goal for you for as long as I did - and you finally achieve it - you immediately come to the question, "What's next?"

Monday, October 24, 2011

That Sinking, Soaring Feeling

I stare at the map for a few seconds - again.

On it is a course.  The course is 25.1 miles long.  I imagine myself at the end of the course.  Ordinarily I would feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment standing here.

But the race on this course is 50 miles long, and I still have to go back.

In between where I stand and where I have to go is a ski mountain - not a huge one, but big enough by eastern standards.  On the way to where I imagine myself standing I had to ascend it, descend it, and ascend it again.  At least on the way back I will only have to climb it once.  Altogether, when I make it to the finish, I will have climbed about 10,000 feet and descended 10,000 feet.

I just finished my first 50K and I have a little less than a year to prepare myself to face this monster (assuming I can get in).

Does anyone else out there get that bizarre, twisted feeling where a goal begins to take hold of you, just feels completely right - and yet frightens the living crap out of you at the same time?

On the ultra list we talk a lot about why we do these things and it's very hard to put into words.  For me it has something to do with how I feel when I look at that map right now.

More to come as this plan unfolds.


Monday, October 17, 2011

First Ultra: 2011 Oil Creek 50K Race Report

It's been a long road
gettin' from there to here.
It's been a long time
but my time is finally near.