Saturday, January 6, 2007

Tiger Mt. 50K In The Bag







Picture 1: 50K Maniacs picture courtesy of Tony Phillippe

Picture 2: Rob (blue jacket) winds his way up on loop 1

Picture 3: Steve in the front with red shirt

Picture 4: Maniac #200 with me trailing behind.


Well 8:08 is a sucky time for a 50K but I'll call it respectable considering the course and my present conditioning. Rob, Steve, Maniac #200, and myself ran the first loop counter clockwise and the second loop clockwise. The second loop basically is very steep all the way to the summit of Tiger Mt. With the snow on the ground we couldn't really see ourselves running back down that steep grade with bone weary legs so we chose to reverse the course. I think we all (with the exception of Maniac #200) thought about just turning around and quitting as we trudged back up loop 2. We were all really sucking wind to the top but were able to recover and continue on. Maniac # 3 showed up late to the race and caught up to us on the second loop. He and Maniac #200 took off and we never saw them again until the finish line.

Steve took the honors for most falls, Rob took the honors for best chaffing, and I bashed my good knee on a stump and managed to bleed some. Both Rob and Steve just finished three marathon or greater distances in three weeks. Way to go guys!

You can see by the pictures that we encountered some fairly deep snow towards the top third of the Mt. It was about a 1 1/2 feet deep but due to all the 25K runner ahead of us it was nicely packed down. It did tend to make our feet extremely cold running for hours on frozen packed snow. Temperature at the start was 35 degrees F and chilled quite a bit as we got up into the snow. We didn't do well with our water supply and ended up chancing it by drinking from a stream on the last loop. Hopefully we didn't ingest and nasty bugs that could make us sick. Time will tell on that issue.

I wore my Brooks Cascadias and they were perfect for the trail conditions. I had great traction on the snow and they drained well when we ran through the muddy runoff at the lower elevations.

The race was well attended with about 45-55 runners. We think that only about 9 runners did the 50K. I'm pretty beat after a nice day of running so I'm heading to the sack. Need my rest for a run in the morning with Michelle!

14 comments:

Bob Gentile said...

WOW Eric a lot of snow on that trail...geesh GREAT JOB to U guys for getting it done under not so great conditions!!

We do live in different worlds, here in FL it was Sunny / 82 degrees. I was at the pool for a few hours, as U guys were chugging up a trail and drinking stream water :-O

olga said...

I say you're ready to start training for WS100! Snow posthauling is a good practice for climbing Squaw Peak and going on the ridge for 5-10 miles (depending on this year's condition).
Good run!

robtherunner said...

I had a lot of fun out there despite the brutal second loop. It was great mental determintation training and like Olga said, this was a good start to training for WS100.

Jenny said...

Looks like fun!

Annette said...

The pictures look like you should all be cross-country skiing, not running! :) Looks like it was a cold, but adventurous run. I'm glad you survived. I can't imagine running for that amount of time. You are awesome!

Sarah said...

Why aren't you guys wearing a hat? brrrr! : ) Good job sticking with it and finishing up a tough run.

olga said...

Oh, and in the first picture Rob looks slimmed down. Is that true? I need prove all the fruit and water forcing works:)

Thomas said...

Falls? Chafing? Bashed knee? It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun out there, playing in the snow.

Jon said...

Darn! I wish I could have been there for that run. The weather turned out to be so nice that day and I would have liked to have ran along snow-covered mountains. Guess I'll catch you at the Pigtails Run then, possibly Capital Peaks.

Wes said...

I'm sorry, I just can't imagine running in that much snow at that height! Maniacs!!

Ryan said...

Any race that includes the word Mountain in it has be a tuff course! I just read Rob’s account and what a day out there! You guy’s are serious troopers for going onto the 2nd loop. Job well done!

Steve said...

It looks like I was actually having fun. Ohh, that's right, that was only 10 miles into the day. It was a long day but I'm happy that "We can doooo it!". The more we run the better WS will be. Looking forward to an "eventfull" year.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

love teh photos. i love getting the reports from all angles with you nw bloggers!

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