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<p>Hey gang,</p>
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<p>I DNF'd at Leadville... pretty disappointed as my Grand Slam Quest came to a halt.</p>
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<p>Here is the report... <a href="http://sherpajohn.blogspot.com/2010/08/rr-2010-leadville-100.html" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a></p>
 

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<p>Sj, great report and great effort.  Don't discount the effects of altitude. It slows down your pace on all terrain because of the lack of oxygen available. That adds up over time. I think at 10,000 feet a 12 minute pace feels like a 9 minute pace because of the lovwer percentage of oxygen on the air.</p>
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<p>Be good.</p>
 

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<p>Interesting question about the cutoffs being too tight.  I figured out one way to see if that is true.  If you took the last 10 people that made the cutoff thru twin lakes inbound, and see if they made it home and if they actually made time on the cutoffs, you would get a good idea.  A simple hypothetical example....the last person who made it thru twin lakes inbound, made the cutoff by 3 minutes, and finished in 29:30......it would seem to me that if you missed the cutoff into twin lakes by 3 minutes, you could have easily made up that time and finished.  I have 2 outlooks on this.  First one is that it is what it is, it is the Leadville rules, fair or not, and we know them ahead of time, so deal with it.  And my second outlook would be that I have trained for 6 months or more for this race, 300 for entry, spent air travel, 3 weeks in altitude for acclimitization.....I would think they would give you every benefit of the doubt to give you a chance to finish.  I will never forget at Massanuten one year, I missed the cutoff by 2 minutes at the second to last aid station, the grim reaper and aid station captain talked, came over to me and asked me if I thought I could finish, I jumped up and said yes.  They told me they would let me go...but if I missed the last cutoff at all I would be dropped.  Common sense prevailed, I made the next cutoff by 5 minutes and finished 10 minutes ahead.  I am forever grateful to those people. </p>
 

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<p>I love reading of your adventures, and you never cease to make a few friends along the way, no matter how the race goes.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" title="">  On to VT!</p>
 

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<p>hahaha.  That would be John Sharp.  He's a great guy.</p>
 

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<p>One of your best reports, SJ; thanks for sharing.  I can relate to your frustration with the cutoffs; I painfully missed a cutoff on the final leg of a 3 day state race I knew I could still finish, but oh well. Interesting what you wrote about with the crowded trails; I havne't really run into that in any New England races but probably wouldn't have much patience for that.</p>
<p> See ya at Vermont 50!</p>
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<p>Read your report very interesting.  Sorry for your DNF, but I'm sure you will be back to finish.  The first year I went out I dropped at Winfeild, but I did run that lame hill on sixth street, you know the first one lots of people were walking..The second year I walked that lame hill and finished I think in about 28:30...I've only run ten one hundred milers and still am learning, however I do know going out to fast will get you most every time.</p>
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<p>Happy trails</p>
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<p>Excellent report! And great pictures! I hope to complete Leadville sometime in the next few years. Was not aware of the amount of road running. I knew there was some dirt roads, but not paved after you left Leadville. The attitudes you discribed are more along the lines I would expect from some big city. To say the least it was rather shocking to read about - totally unexpected from a bunch of ultrarunners.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Steve K</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69681/rr-2010-leadville-100-a-dnf-story#post_1941472"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Excellent report! And great pictures! I hope to complete Leadville sometime in the next few years. Was not aware of the amount of road running. I knew there was some dirt roads, but not paved after you left Leadville. The attitudes you discribed are more along the lines I would expect from some big city. To say the least it was rather shocking to read about - totally unexpected from a bunch of ultrarunners.</p>
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I'm not surprised about the attitude problems. In Colorado, everybody knows about the Leadville Trail 100. I know several people that after marking marathon off their Bucket List decide to go for it. I knew about Leadville before I became a runner or knew about Ultra-marathons.</p>
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<p>John,</p>
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<p>Bummed about the DNF but you're strong and will finish the year strong.</p>
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