This weekend, I’ll be doing my last long run before the AC100.Â It won’t be local, as I’ll be flying into Salt Lake City Friday, then starting the run at 5am on Saturday morning from East Mountain Wilderness Park in Kaysville, UT.Â Along the way, I’ll traverse through sections called Chinscraper, Skyline, Lambs Cyn, Bear Bottom, Desolation Lake, and finally end up in the city of Midway at Homestead Resort.Â There will be full support throughout, and I’ll also be joined by about a couple hundred other runners for tons of company.Â Unfortunately, if you didn’t sign up early this year by sending in $150, you will not be allowed to participate.Â In fact, even if you did, you still had to get chosen by lottery.Â Actually, there is one way to get around this and participate — you can accompany a registered runner (anyone want to join me?) anywhere after mile 39.4, which is at a place called Big Mountain.Â Oh, did I mention the distance is 100 miles?Â So I guess that makes it not just a long run, but a REAL long run.Â Finally, the cool thing is we’ll get t-shirts, and finisher’s awards — sub-24 (Royal Order of the Crimson Cheetah — yes, it’s very exclusive), sub-30 (Sprit of Wasatch — very nice turquoise buckle, which will take a few more tries before it gets added to my accessories), and finally there’s the sub-36 (Badger Heart — hoping that’s the one that’ll make it into my carry-on for the flight home).
Btw, the long run I am referring to above is more commonly known as the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run.
Wow…only 4 more days until the race — Leadville seemed like it was just yesterday.Â I’m a bit more nervous than usual going into Wasatch, since I’ve not run it before, and also because I’m coming fresh off a DNF.Â I think (hope) that this’ll be good for me psychologically — I need to get back on the bike, so to speak, after my head-over-heel faceplant at Leadville.Â I guess we’ll see what happens soon enough — all I know is that I’ll be giving it my 100%, and am hoping that’ll be good enough to get me to the finish.
So a couple weeks ago, as I was still recovering from my mystery pain, I was thinking about what to do regarding Wasatch — whether or not I should participate.Â My main concern wasn’t so much my injury or DNF as much as my current financial situation.Â Being a consultant, there are times when I have a ton of work, and times when I have none.Â Well, let’s just say that I’ve been on the low end for the last few months — not good timing when attempting to do the Last Great Race (plus a few other races here and there), which can get quite expensive, even if I shared some costs with others.
After giving it some thought, I decided that I probably shouldn’t go to Wasatch, and just eat the registration fee and plane fare.Â I was bummed, but knew that it was the responsible thing to do.Â Then I got an e-mail from Ronda, offering to let me stay at her condo, and give me a ride to/from the airport and the start/finish.Â All I had to do was change my flight, and get a room near the start that I could share with her friend Michael.Â Wow…now I had very little excuse not to go, since Ronda was helping me with the bulk of what I would’ve had trouble justifying paying for.Â Well, it was a pretty simple decision at that point really, so I happily accepted her offer, and told her I’d definitely return the favor one day (anything but muling her at Leadville).Â Thanks Ronda!
So I’m very much looking forward to doing the race, and joining in on the celebration at the finish with all the successful Slammers.Â Best of luck to Ronda, Hiroki, Phil (Last Great Race), Jamshid, Mark Weineke, and Dave Yeakel, plus all the other Slammers and everyone else toeing the line for the 2007 Wasatch Front 100!
Real time updates can be found here.Â Btw, my bib number is 222 — pretty cool, huh.
Also, between your refreshes, the World 100K Championship will be starting Saturday in Winschoten, a small town in the Netherlands.Â Best of luck to the US team!Â Note: even though Laura Bleakley is on the roster, she recently sent me an e-mail saying that she ruptured her Achilles, so she’s out unfortunately.Â Also, I believe Nikki Kimball will not be running either, which I think is understandable after coming off a great victory at TdMB.
More info and updates on the 100K can be found here.