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<p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#800000;">OK all you  <em>Weekend Trail n Ultra Junkies</em> -  </span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#800000;"><strong>Readers, writers, runners, lurkers, stalkers, has beens and wannabeeee's</strong> -  </span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height:19px;font-size:16px;color:rgb(128,0,0);">Whatchya got for us this bloody hot-n-jumid  weekend ???   Who's been out there stirrin' up the dirt in the forest or kicking up some sand on the beach ?  And <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/dontknow.gif" title=""> what was in yer picnic basket ??  </span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#800000;">We need  some snow photos from the WC cuz we're really feelin' the heat here in NY  !   <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad5.gif" title=""></span></span></p>
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<p>The heat, oh the heat!   </p>
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<p>5:30am on Friday -- Walked out the door and it was like walking into a sauna.. at 5:30am!! I think the dew point was about 80 deg. Got in a 15 mile run (planned 18). I did however run 3 easy with a friend after work.</p>
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<p>8:00am Saturday: 15 miles. A bit slower than Friday. </p>
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<p>8:00am Sunday: 50mi bike ride. Was 98 deg by the time we finished at 11:xx. Fortunately the humidity had dropped to the lowest it's been in a while: 50%!</p>
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<p>I drank quite a bit of water and, oddly, did not use my s-caps. I have had salty meals lately though. Overall everything felt quite good! Just an overall fatigue and crankiness at the heat. </p>
 

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<p>First bike ride of the year, yesterday,  a short easy one. I'll do a couple more before the Wildman, August 14, just so I won't be coughing lung chunks. An easy paced run on the lower Nanomocomuck, Wenunchus, Wenonah, and part of the Paugus trails. Humid, but not too hot. Saw no humans on the trails, and that was OK with me.</p>
 

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<p>I sort of had an epic weekend.  The plan was to leave work early Friday and drive into the mountains to pace my friend Peter Bakwin (of double Hardrock fame) as he attempted to be the first person to traverse the length of two mountain ranges (Mosquito and Tenmile ranges).  The trip was to be 38 miles, 17,000' of gain, 20,000' of descent, over 34 summits.  24 miles of the trip was above 13,000', most of the rest above 12,000'.  The terrain varied from loose talus to class 3 and 4 ridge scrambles to moderate class 5 rock climbing on horridly loose rock.  My friend Kari and I planned to pace him from the start to Mount Democrat, 18 mountains.</p>
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<p>Well, we got stuck in a huge traffic jam and missed his start.  No problem, we'd head him off at Mount Sherman, about 5 mountains in.  We got up Mount Sherman about 30-40 min ahead of his planned arrival time (didn't want to get there too early because it's normally freezing cold at 14,100' at 1am).  We ran into his wife and she said he'd come through 90 minutes ahead of schedule.  To salvage the night, we climbed Mt Sherman (a 14er) and Mt Sheridan (a high 13er) and headed down to take a quick nap and head him off further down the range at Mount Democrat.</p>
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<p>On the way to the Mt Democrat trailhead my car broke down.  At that point, we gave up.  Kari and ran up to the trailhead and picked up her car.  I coasted out 3 miles of rough gravel road w/ the engine off, just using the parking brake to stop.  That was fun.  Turns out, the battery mount had come loose and the positive terminal had shorted out against the frame of the car.  To top it off, I got a flat tire (side wall cut) and had to get new tires.   Epic trip for never even *seeing* Peter up there!</p>
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<p>Today I did a nice flat 12 miler under the full moon.</p>
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<p>PS: Peter stopped 21 mountains in, at the technical, loose 5th class stuff.  He said he was just way too tired to do it safely.</p>
 

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<p>cgerber -- sort of epic? Wow! I'd be a mass of raw nerves in your shoes. I hope your friend was understanding about the missed rendezvous. Sorry he didn't make it, but at least you all have a chance at another go! Sounds like everyone came home safe, so that's a good weekend.</p>
 

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<p>runNYtrails and i relayed our behinds around a HS track for 12 hour yesterday. it was a great day and i had fun being passed by all the fast college boys! race report is <a href="http://2snshoes.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">here</a></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>shellerz</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69086/extreme-runners-trail-n-ultra-reports-7-23-25#post_1926627"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>runNYtrails and i relayed our behinds around a HS track for 12 hour yesterday. it was a great day and i had fun being passed by all the fast college boys! race report is <a href="http://2snshoes.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">here</a></p>
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Great report - sounds like a fun day and an interesting experiment!</p>
 

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<p>way to go everyone! I tried not to die with my friend on a nice run on roads Sunday. it was super hot.</p>
 

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<p>I made sure I got really nice and mucky. DS and I duc-taped our shoes to our feet and raced 250 yards across oyster beds at low-tide. Lots of smelly, oozing mud. Thankfully neither of us did a face plant or got stuck. Others were not so lucky.</p>
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<p>very nice Dove!!</p>
 

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<p>Just got back from Fat Dog 100....short version:</p>
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<p>100km = 120km</p>
<p>100 miles = 117 miles</p>
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<p>Not sure what the elevation gain/loss was, but the published totals were incorrect. One fellow pre-GPSed it & it was comparable to Cascade Crest...others have various measurements that may dwarf that.</p>
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<p>Blame it on Canadian currency fluctuations.</p>
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<p>Let's just say that this was by far the hardest 100km race that I have ever done.....& that includes a double crossing of the Baden Powell trail, & Lethbridge's Lost Soul....24 hours & 5 minutes worth. I ran the last 16 1/2 hours with the eventual women's 100km winner & we had a great time together (misery loves company) We finished 7th overall & about 40 minutes away from 4th place.</p>
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<p>It was tough.</p>
<p>It was incredibly scenic.</p>
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<p>3km of road...the entire rest was single track.</p>
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<p>Among the DNF's for the 100 mile we re Brian Morrison, & Monica Schultz (her first ever DNF in a 100 miler....& this was to be her 101st).</p>
<p>The evential female winner for the 100 miler had also ran Hardrock....when asked for a comparison, she said "Let me think about that one".</p>
<p>The overall 100 mile winner was Haasan "Sammy" Lofti-Pour at 27:59....to put this in perspective, Sammy has participated in the World 100km in '09 & has a 7:34 100km to his credit.</p>
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<p>I'll write up a full report soon, but for now, I'll leave you with one of my favourite images....pre-dawn over Hozameen Ridge.</p>
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<p>Wow Muddy, that just sounds brutal - coming out alive is an achievement! If Monica dropped, that says pretty much everything about the course. Congrats for finishing.</p>
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<p>For me, about a dozen on the trails - a muggy 98F. But its a wet heat!.</p>
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<p>Rest of the weekend was divided by beer, brats, and grass cutting. Oh and a burger too. It's ok, I had some fruit too, which cancelled out the bad food</p>
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<p>Wilbur learned to swim, Sarah learned to bark at 2" high waves.</p>
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<p><strong>Saturday</strong> - DNF @ Grand Mesa 100. Long story short: I didn't feel like running Saturday. I only made it 50 miles because my friend Lisa was going to pace me. She didn't get to :(</p>
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<p>The scenery was beautiful. The course profile deceptive. The elevation gain is similar to Leadville but the course is rougher. In addition, there were course marking problems. There were 5 finishers. The winner's time: 23:26. No ladies finished.</p>
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<p><strong>Sunday</strong> - Lisa and I swept the course highlight: Crag Crest trail. Despite some banged up toes from Saturday, the trail was still awesome.</p>
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<p>More <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/100183252927982319693/GrandMesa100?feat=directlink" target="_blank">photos</a> from the weekend.</p>
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<p>Eeek, 5 finishers? How many starters?</p>
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<p>Sorry about the DNF Chris <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad5.gif" style="width:17px;height:16px;" title=""> (as long as you have pictures and a t-shirt though - that's what really matters :) )</p>
 

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<p>I went to Oilcreek State Park with a running friend I just met at Mohican 50 Miler last month ... the guy I chicked in the last 6 or so miles  ;-)</p>
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<p>we had a BLAST ... but it was hot as hell and very humid  ... we were drenched in less than 1/2 mile on Friday and ended up running thru 2 pretty rough t-storms in the very hilly area and juan ran out of water before the 1/2 way point of our 22 mile out and back ... I shared with him and ran out with about 8 miles to go ... we drank from the streams, hoping that the new water from the t-storms would save us from pesky bacteria and intestinal parasites, lol ... so far, so good  *fingers-crossed*</p>
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<p>we met up with the RD from the Oilcreek races early Sat morning after camping out in yet more t-storms overnight ... nobody in our pace-range was in the group so we verified the course and headed off for what was supposed to be 12 miles and ended up closer to 13 for us since we didn't take the right turn near the turn-around point ...</p>
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<p>juan was tired and cramping some on Friday and hadn't run more than a 10 mile run since Mohican .... I was amazed he did 22 on Friday and didn't know if he'd be up for the 12+ on Sunday ... he didn't either .... when he came out of his tent Sat morning he looked quite stiff and a little hobbled ... but he had some coffee and a little breakfast and we met up with the others .. he took off like a shot and we ended up with a runtime of 2:05 for our 13 miles on some fairly hilly and rocky trails on the Oilcreek course ... here's my fave pic from the trip</p>
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I heard it was a complete cluster.  Guessing there won't be a 2nd annual.  Sorry about the DNF... all my friends (6 or so) that went also DNF'd due to the shitty course marking, aid stations in the wrong spots, etc.  They were less than pleased.</p>
 

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<p>WOW! Muddy! That is insane. Chris, that is doubly crazy!</p>
 

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<p>I'll write up a full report soon, but for now, I'll leave you with one of my favourite images....pre-dawn over Hozameen Ridge.</p>
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