"theres going to be live music, raffles ,game of sk8 ,food and other vendors from 10 am to 9 pm on the first smack dab in the center of our course( well not on the trail) all there for the ultra skate. I got a sweet prize package that people can pay 2 dollars to put in their guess at the winner and how many miles, the winning guess gets the prize. the guy who skates the most miles gets the dough. I will also have lots of prizes for all the racers.
....other sponsors( skanunu, Fabrika,Bones,Boardsports,fireball .... ) if you know any company that wants their name on the shirts they should get a hold of me, we will send them a shirt signed by all the riders. we are making 50 shirts for riders and volunteers and to sell any leftover money goes into the event, for food water and what not. We will also have a certified nurse on location at all times. "
It appears the Gods do not approve of Ultraskating. I think we need to learn some kind of dance to gain their acceptance... or maybe just schedule these only in July Out of maybe 13 of these I've done total, this was one of the toughest!! The day went relatively smoothly with some sprinkles off and on, and then when the night came on, so did the non-stop downpour. I've grown up in the NW and I know rain. This was pounding and relentless! The one saving grace was no wind, so it was basically tropical by NW standards I suppose.
We all made the very best of it, especially Andy Andras, the Florida firefighter who flew up with a plan for a world-record breaking skate and did his best to slam through the sheets of water and cold overnight temps that his body couldn't have prepared for. He ended with 230.4 miles and established a solid 3rd place in the World in the 24-hour Ultraskate.
Conan Gay, the host of this incredible journey, was also shooting for the top spot and was humbled just before the sun rose again, but locked into a groove at the end and secured yet another 200+ mile standing.
Jonathan Brostowitz not only put in nearly 130 miles, he did it after taking a horrendous flip over a car just weeks prior, with knee surgery scheduled a couple weeks out!!
Nathan Jenner's first Ultra, he just consistently clocked the miles and was grinning at the end.
And Hayden the 14-year old may be the youngest USA Ultraskater to have cracked the 100 mile barrier as well.
Conan's support crew guys and gals who came over the night were awesome. We skaters stay warm by moving around, but its a true friend who can make it out and man the base camp all night in these conditions!
Great times by all and I'm hoping to hear the stories from the crew as everyone revives from a weekend of sleep deprivation and major stokage. Thanks Conan and Emma for hosting us!!
Abe Lambright (Eugene, OR): "Ten days left until I see first hand what it takes to physically break over the most inhuman distance that one could ask oneself to endure for, never having attempted something so potentially brutal on the body before. I hope to make it out in one piece, that my effort will bring attention to what I'm willing to endure for, for Skate To Fight Hunger (facebook) for my novel work, for a job that I'm willing to work till I bleed for, and to be worth it to someone amazing to be unconditionally devoted to."
Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:38 am Post subject: My first Ultra!
Ultra skate 17 was my first Ultra that I had competed in. I believed that with a little luck some determination and my toughness, I could break the world record. Funny how you go into something you never attempted being naive and dreaming of grandeur, just to come out later with the truth and respect for the reality of it. The reality is 250 miles is a hell of a long distance to skate in 24 hours! When I started this adventure a few months back, I worked it out all on paper. Distance, pace, brakes, training routine, it all looked so attainable that you feel like it’s yours already. 9 mile loop, 9 times 29 makes 260 miles. “That’s a solid record breaker” I though to my self. 29 loops divided into 24 hours makes for 50 minute laps, “I can do that all day” I exclaimed. But it takes all day and all night buddy!
My Plan was working out great the first 100 miles, 45 min laps and 5 min breaks, I was feeling strong and on top. The next 100 miles were harder to stay under the 50 min pace, brakes were far and few in between, rain started in lightly and night begin to set in. I was still on world record pace and the STOKE was keeping me going. Night brought on a full on down pore that never really let up till I flew out of Oregon. About 19 hours into the Ultra the world record pace had slip from my grasp, as well as my energy and stoke. With some great encouragement form Conan and James, who rode with me though the last couple of hours on and off, I some how managed to tack on 30 more miles. It took everything I had to complete my fist Ultra, and gave a valiant effort for the WW. I come out humbled, and in awe of the accomplishments so many before me have attained in these races.
Great to hear your story Andy!! What you pulled off that night was amazing and hard to appreciate for those who haven't put themselves through this kind of trial. I've heard some plans for 12-hour Ultras in the near future, which makes a lot more friendly / logistically easy experience for both skaters and spectators, but the 24-hour Ultra will always hold it's place as an extreme challenge, and you've firmly locked a 3rd place that will be hard to knock out!
Abe and Nathan I'll crack out those numbers this weekend--
Hey fellas, here's what I've got off the sheet - if you did a half-lap you think isn't counted here, just let me know! As you remember we got hit HARD that last hour and the paper / pens (and basically everything) went into the support car
Andy - 230.4
Conan - 200
Jonathan - 129.6
Abe - 122.4
James - 122.4
Nathan - 117
Hayden - 90
That is a REALLY great write up and great to see some pictures too! Fantastic to hear how you all battled through the weather and came out with some amazing mileage.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially Andy... it's tough to keep going sometimes when you set yourself a goal and can see it slipping through your fingers like that. Maybe better weather is all you need for next time...
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