Just couple things to say is Thank You Panda Dave for some inspirational quotes and boosts and sharing stuff I completely spaced out on. And thanks to my wife and kid and John Stryker for supporting and hanging out in some real nasty weather. Was great to see Matt from Idaho and Eric + Eric from Texas!
Got lots more to say about this last ultra -- got little time to elaborate just now. Will definitely catch up on this and post up some shots once back home. Cheers!
Congrats on your PB James! I couldn't make it out to take a lap or two but from where I was the weather was...typical spring Seattle: wet, windy and cool. I'm looking forward to the download of the event _________________ "Nature = God"
- T. Blake
I know its a little late but I was looking through my stuff today and couldnt find my helmet light. If anyone at the Seattle Ultraskate last week happened to pick it up, please contact me. Its a pretty standard Petzl (Tikka, I think). _________________ Subsonic Pulse V2 - IndeeSZ 139mm - BigZigs
Clutch Double Tap - Roleys - Otangs
AXE II - Radikal/Splitfire - PPS Cone Crushers
The highlights were having Jack skate along with me on his Illuminati during breaks in the rain, and especially skating alone after dark for hour after hour with some killer tunes to keep me company watching a big yellow moon battling through the clouds. I covered 138 miles in total, slow but steady.
That is truly Awesome Jo. Another humble, undercelebrated, downplayed women's world record, and through nasty weather no less. You've once again raised the women's bar on the ultraskate!!
It was great to finally meet you last weekend, and seeing you pump around at the Top Gear track you seemed in really good shape a week after a 138-miler.
I've learned a lot from skating two ultras back to back, mostly another confirmation that the body must be listened to and respected. Overall I chalk up both ultras a huge success, due to setting a new PB in Seattle, and for being part of Jo's highly successful charity Skaiti by lending some energy, skating 100+ miles, and meeting tons of stoked skaters from all over Europe.
Now to the April Fools skate... we were definitely fools!
It started dry enough, plenty of clear skies. The only issue was once again, wind! Somehow we once again chose the weekend that just followed one day after the largest Northwest storm front so far of 2010. Had it been Friday, I have no doubt we would have bailed out a few hours into it. But while it "could have been worse" -- it was still pretty harsh. Yet Dave, Matt and I shot into the face of the wind tunnel at our traditional 8 a.m. with my wife and buddy Patrick giving us the send-off. I decided on the rolls pusher over the pumper at the last minute only because of the wind. William was conspicuously missing, but he showed up a few hours later and skated strong... the sleep-in got him!
It was a stoke-boosting surprise to see Matt at the start, and nice seeing his family walking around the lake -- they had all come over from Idaho for Easter and to let Matt do this crazy thing.
I want to thank my wife for the snapshots she was able to take -- since she's there only off and on between shuttling a busy family Saturday schedule, we completely missed out on capturing the souls of Eric and Eric up from Texas on camera, sorry guys!! And we also didn't get any shots of the Bellingham crew that came down -- if you guys took any pics let us know!! It was awesome having you all out there, and I'm glad you got to experience the dry portion of the skate.
I also want to thank Matt and Dave for their generosity to the North Helpline Foodbank. Some of our original base-campers pulled out, thinking nobody in their right mind would skate on a day like this, but on a future endeavor we'll try to get more backups, as we always benefit by having some extra folks at base to drive the on-site fundraising. For the relatively small crowd that did show, we still ended up with a decent donation in the hundreds.
When it comes to the pure pursuit in miles, in hindsight I might have eked out a good amount more than 221 on the April Fools skate by just letting my pace slowly wind down, rather than ratcheting it up a bit between 4-5 a.m. that morning. The first 8 hours of the ride in the heavy headwind, I was still able to stay somewhere between 12-13mph, and in the latter hours with rain, around 10-11. The drops beyond that occur when you factor in (very) short breaks for fuel and relief.
At 4 a.m. I noticed my pace dropping but my miles at 211, which means I'd managed to maintain the 10+ mph pace the entire time up to that point. And what is really most interesting to me, is that beyond the usual hamstring or calf cramps and a little toe discomfort, I didn't feel any other kind of pain coming on, and had no idea what was coming. What I did then was react to the pace drop, and bumped up my speed to about 12mph, but by the time I'd "caught up" the pace to have a surplus again, my right ankle / shin area just told me it was done, and this time it wasn't like a whining cramp I could muscle through. There's a time when you go from managing pain to injuring yourself, and this was right on that fence. Calin was out there with me so I pushed through and finished the lap with him, ending with 221 right around 5:30 a.m. as the sun was coming up. I was very pleased with the result, but I knew that it was time to start thinking about the UK and get into rehab mode.
And at least I could then relax and support with Panda Dave at the base camp while Matt from Idaho finished up his first 100 miler!! Our hearty support crew never ceased to astound me. Stryker was out there around midnight, coming for those glorious overnight hours fending off the crazies and getting in touch with nature as the bathrooms get locked up.
Sean from Forty2 longboards and Dean Ozuna of Maryhill Freeride fame showed during the skate day and the next morning at the finish -- then off to Beth's for breakfast. Then bath-->sleep-->pack for UK--> and try to find Dave's headlamp and all the other stuff that is still lying all around the garage after this tornado of an experience.
Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:21 am Post subject: Congrats to the Ultra crew
Thanks for the great rundown on the event James. I admire all that powered through the wind, people-pylons, pain, wee-hour zone and fun. What a great crew and support folks. Good to hear the fundraising was successful too.
Tad _________________ "Nature = God"
- T. Blake
I like that picture of Calin, Sean, and I skating, you can almost hear the woman in red thinking we're crazy. I havent written a whole lot about this Ultra because I was pretty sick through the whole thing. I started pretty strong for the first few hours, thinking I had gotten over my cold, but after about 40 miles I was feeling really nauseous. I made it to 55 miles before I was feeling too sick to continue. After that I did the support thing, cheering on and holding down the base camp. I cranked out one last lap when Sean had to leave, but it was probably a mistake as I was feeling pretty crappy afterward. Matt was kind enough to bring me some pepto later in the evening and I chugged nearly the whole bottle. Im a little disappointed because I trained really hard this time around, but sometimes things just dont work out.
On the other hand, I got to meet a lot of great people this time. Eric and Eric were a ton of fun. We spent the day after the ultra scouting around Kent for sweet hills, and even found a few. Matt did amazingly well with 100 miles his first time out!
I try to learn something from each ultra but there were fewer lessons this time around for me. I learned to check my camelpak before the day of the ultra ... something funky had gotten in there and the water was undrinkable, i had to rely on my waterbottle for the entire day. I had planned on mostly using carbs in the morning and then adding in protein as the day went on. that plan didnt work too well, i think i had too much sugar early on and that contributed to my stomach problems. Ill definitely skip the honey gels and cut back on the energy chews next time around. My mongo pushing continues to improve by leaps and bounds, but its still something I should work on.
Even though things didnt quite go as planned for me, I still feel like the ultra was a success. Being a part of James' PB feels like a victory for me too, and I got to meet a bunch of cool people and see some old friends.
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