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WBR Relay Legs 10-11

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Atlanta,GA,

Member Since:

Dec 30, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

2017:

Second Consecutive Intown 10k win (36:51)

1st Georgian at the Geogia Marathon (5th in 2:51)

1500 in 4:36, 3000 in 9:34, 5000 in 16:55, 5K in 17:05

Aided: 34:01 10K and 1:15:54 Half

PRs (post Mayan Apocalypse)

200 31.13 (2016)

400 69.96 (2015)

800 2:19 (2016)

Mile 4:58 (2017) (converted from 4:36 1500)

3000 9:34 (2017)

5000 16:55 (2017)

5k 17:05 (2017)

10K 35:58 (2016)

15K 55:42 (2014)

10-mile 60:45 (2016)

HM 1:18:31 (2014)

30K 2:01:56 (2014)

Mar 2:50:07 (2013)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Aug: Tailgate 5k + Sub 17 at Atl's Finest 5k

Sept: Big Peach Sizzler 10K (Sub 36 35:30 10K)

Oct: Atlanta 10 mile (sub 1hr)

Dec: Rocket City Marathon? (SUB250)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Does ANYBODY know what we are living for?

Personal:

Crop rotation in the 14th century became considerably more widespread after John.

Miles:This week: 82.90 Month: 246.60 Year: 2976.40
Adizero Rocket Lifetime Miles: 323.35
Asics Hyperspeed Lifetime Miles: 369.13
Mizuno Waverider Lifetime Miles: 509.70
Adistar Ride Lifetime Miles: 520.40
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 253.60
Adistar Rideb Lifetime Miles: 236.30
Waveriderb Lifetime Miles: 466.70
Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 570.30
WhiteHyperspeed Lifetime Miles: 268.50
RedFree Lifetime Miles: 405.55
Saucony Hattori Lifetime Miles: 46.10
NimbusFIRE Lifetime Miles: 260.50
WhiteHyper2 Lifetime Miles: 100.20
WaveriderC Lifetime Miles: 203.95
NimbusVampire Lifetime Miles: 357.50
CelticMirage Lifetime Miles: 312.00
NeonFree Lifetime Miles: 17.80
Nimbus FireB Lifetime Miles: 2.50
Nimbus FireC Lifetime Miles: 0.00
Total Distance
84.40
Waveriderb Miles: 19.00RedFree Miles: 17.00Adizero Rocket Miles: 15.20Nimbus Miles: 8.50Saucony Type A Miles: 7.10Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 17.60
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

Waveriderb Miles: 9.50RedFree Miles: 6.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
16.50

AM 1loop of sugarhouse

PM Ran Glenwild loop in Park City

Adizero Rocket Miles: 8.00Nimbus Miles: 8.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
14.50

Waveriderb Miles: 9.50RedFree Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.50

RedFree Miles: 5.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: WBR Relay Legs 10-11 (7.1 Miles) 00:42:41, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
7.10

This year I did the Wasatch Back Ultra Relay as part of the Wasatch Running Center Team. They were the defending champs and I would be taking the spot of Nate Hornok (a bit intimidating).

It was a bit surreal at the start as I remembered the areas we were going through so well from three years ago. I've been running competitively for over 11 years now but 3 years ago I was a totally different runner, I could not have imagined doing what I did this weekend. That was also in the Hey Day of the blog as a running community I think, with people us forming two full men's teams that year.

Anyway, I had a van of myself, Brick Bergeson (an All-American mid-distance runner from USU) Trent Jensen, and Allie Scott (we graciously allowed her to stay up all night driving us around).

I had made a pace chart using elevation data to give use a schedule and also to give each leg a goal. The pace chart had us finishing in 22:20 to give us an average pace of 7per mile. At the start we were informed that last minute changes had made some of the legs longer (more on that later).

The first Van came in about 10minutes ahead of schedule at around 8:15pm and Brick managed to put us a couple more minutes ahead in his first leg. I figured that Brick and I would need to make up quite a bit of time on our legs as we were the strongest runners. I was also not super confident about my final leg (more on that later too).

My first run was pretty lonely as I only got 3 roadkill (I had a prerace goal of 200). The leg was pretty uneventful as I ran 42:40 or so for 7.1 miles. I felt pretty good about that as I had picked up more than 5 minutes over the form chart and I didn't feel like I had exerted myself very hard. At this point were 20minutes up total and I began to think that we could place pretty high overall.

Trent's leg was a very tough climb (over 1000ft elevation gain), he was able to make up another 2 minutes or so.

It was time to go sleep.


Saucony Type A Miles: 7.10
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: WBR Legs 21,22,33 and 34 (192.5 Miles) 22:21:00, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
24.80

I took a brief nap and when I woke up I knew that I was going to be having bathroom issues all day. We were hoping that Van 1 would again pick up some time so we were up at 1:45 AM in case they came through at 2:15 or so.

It turned out that they didn't come in until 2:51 just 55 seconds ahead of the form chart. It was clear that I was going to have to put in a pretty serious effort on my leg to keep us on schedule. I didn't anticipate us picking up any ground on the final Van (those last few legs are brutal) so I figured we would need about 20 minutes buffer at exchange 24.

Brick once again picked up a lot of time (7 minutes in 10 miles).

My leg was already the longest of the whole race, but for some reason (probably high water) they had to add .7 miles to it bring me to a nice 17.6. This meant that the leg should have taken about an extra 5 mins.

The second leg is an eerie one, as it takes place in the dark. In this case a large portion of it was on a trail and there were a lot of times when large boulders or gates would come out of nowhere. In addition to that, there is no Van support on this leg so it is just you and the other runners as flashing beacons of light.

During the first section (leg 21) I passed 46 runners. I completed the 10 miles in about 1:01:20 and then took a 40 second bathroom break. I didn't have to go very badly but I told myself that if I was under 1:04 (which was my projected finish for 9.3 miles) then I was allowed. I also had a stone wedged in the bottom of my shoes which I didn't want to become an issue.

I covered the 7.6 miler in about 47 minutes to give me a finish time of 1:49. I had picked up 9minutes on the leg, but it was really more like 14 as it was .7 long. I passed another 48 people to bring my total to 97.

I was very happy with my overall pace, although I definitely started to cramp up the last couple of miles. I hadn't taken water at any point during the leg which probably contributed. Also there was the fact that this run took place from 4am to 6am.

Trent picked up another couple of minutes on his leg (another toughie) to give us the 20 minute buffer of so we figured we needed.

I didn't bother to sleep before my next leg figuring that it just wouldn't be worth it. I curled up briefly in the front seat of the Van while waiting for Trent but that was it.

Van 1 finished up again at 10:27 AM putting us 4 minutes ahead of schedule (actually 9 minutes of the real goal: sub 7 pace). Brick saved his best for last picking up 10 minutes in his 10 mile section and passing 115 people.

Now it was time for Ragnar (or Ultra Ragnar if you will). The pace chart call for me to run 1:03:23. The course record just so happens to be 1:05:58 by a certain Mr Nate Hornok. In addition this leg combines to things which I'm not very good at (very steep hills and elevation running). I was thinking that I might lose quite a bit of time here but I just wanted to limit the damage to 7 minutes.

I could already tell I was in trouble about 1 mile in. The hill was proving to be way to steep for me. I thought that it might better for me to start walking but I decided to keep trucking at my very slow pace. Whenever the hill flattened out, even a little, I used to opportunity to get into a faster rhythm. To my great surprise I was only down a minute or so when I reached exchange 33. When I passed through this exchange pretty much all the vans started to cheer me and I had 5 or 6 people pass me water or spray me.

The last couple of miles were pretty much impossible for me. I have difficulty running when I get over 5000ft, so the 8800ft that I was facing felt like someone had stuffed a sock down my throat. Somehow I finished this leg in just under 38 minutes to give me a total time of about 1:07 flat. I had passed another 95 people to give me 192 total. I had also lost less than 4 minutes.

Trent's leg was another one that is harder than the profile would imply but fortunately we had 16 minutes to spare and we finished 6 minutes ahead after over 190 miles and 22 hours.


Adizero Rocket Miles: 7.20Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 17.60
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
84.40
Waveriderb Miles: 19.00RedFree Miles: 17.00Adizero Rocket Miles: 15.20Nimbus Miles: 8.50Saucony Type A Miles: 7.10Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 17.60
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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