Post Wasatch…no, Pre AC

Well, I just finished packing my drop bags for the AC100 this weekend.  Why does it feel like I just did this not long ago?  Hmmm…maybe because I did — last week for Wasatch.

Speaking of which, I finished…barely.  We’re talking DFL with just over 2 minutes to spare before the 36 hour cutoff…and I thought I cut it close with my 8 minutes at Leadville.  I left the last aid station (Pot Bottom Mile 93) at exactly 3:15pm — 1 hour and 45 minutes to cover 7 miles, some of it with some very technical descents.  I wasn’t sure how long it would take, but pushed it as hard as I could.  After I popped off the trail onto the street, I had about a mile left and exactly 10 minutes.  As I turned the corner, I saw Bill standing there — 6 minutes left, and I still had to crest the hill and enter the resort.  Bill ran alongside, which helped me maintain my pace.  Once I entered the grounds, I knew I had enough time, crossing the finish at 35:57:08.  Wow, that was close!

I’ll hopefully have a more detailed report (including one for WS, Vermont, and Leadville) once I get through AC this weekend.

Anyway, I would like to offer a huge congratulations to everyone who finished, especially the Slammers — fantastic job to Ronda (sub-24 WS and Vermont, sub-25 Leadville, and sub-30 Wasatch) and Hiroki, who had the overall fastest times.  Also, congratulations to my friends Jamshid Khajavi, Mark Weineke, Phil Rosenstein, and Dave Yeakel, who I was very fortunate to have been able to get to know this summer.

Ok…best of luck to everyone participating this weekend in the 21st Angeles Crest 100!  I’ll see you at Johnson Field Sunday…hope I make it there by foot.

Watch the race here — I’ll be #34.

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