Hanging out in the Armory before the start
More nervous milling about...
Bogie, who happened to be my pacer most of the day...
David Coblenz, Brian Crone and Tom Stockton at the starting line. The boyz from Los Alamos all had good runs.
Jody Chase, fellow Wasatch Speedgoat ready to get going...
The first climb was a conga line...I went out a little too quick and was breathing hard.
On that first hill behind me
Nearing the top of the first climb...we'll come back down this way later this afternoon.
Nice family of Aspens surround us
Looking behind me, the views begin
Aid station #1
I love the San Juans!
The San Juans surrounded us all day long
Lots of snow up there
Notice the shadows of the mountains behind me casting a shadow on the mountains in front of me
This is a fantastic place
Trying to take a picture while running doesn't work too well ;-)
See what I mean?
Tom coming out of aid station #2, he went off course a bit and is the only reason I happened to be near him.
More runners coming out of AS#2, there was an incredibly sick climb up to 12,000' after we left here.
Heading up the steep hill
Mike from Sandia Park, NM, who I ran with off and on all day.
After 22 miles I backed off to save my legs for Hardrock and Mike went on to run 12:44 to my 13:34!
Can't get enough of the views and is one of the best parts of this run
Some runners coming up behind me, the woman is Annette and this is her 7th SJS50! She came in about an hour behind me.
Mike and Annette up ahead and about to crest the top of the climb that was twice as steep as the rest of the climb. We're now up near 12K.
Trudging on up the hill....some runners were sitting down resting up near the summit.
Looking behind at Annette and Mike and the last little bit of climb
Annette plunges down the other side...
This is a pic of me taking a picture of Mike while while he takes one of me, notice the awesome mountains in the background. We might be in those in less than three weeks :-)
We pass by an old cabin ruin
We can "try" to run now, if you can breath at 12K....I couldn't.
I have no idea....
The snowfield up top we ran across
We then had to scramble up on top of this ridge
This was the best part of the run...
Ridge running is the best!
Views on both sides...
See? This is to my right...
Plunging down the ridge into the trees
Some odd building up on top, Mike and Annette again
Views through the trees now
Now we're on the downhill, which was a road and 4-5 miles down. It was a blast to run down, but I started to burn my legs so backed off for the rest of the day, saving myself for Hardrock.
At the aid station (#3, which is the same as #2, mile 22).
This is Christine Coblentz and Marge Stockton, who were crewing the LA boyz and helped me, too :-) They were saying "We miss Deb!" Deb was ill and couldn't make it to the race with me. She was missed by all...
Of course they "forced" me to let them take my picture in my Speedgoat popsicle shirt ;-)
Lake San Christobal....all I can say is wow everytime I see this view.
Some friends of ours own this lodge on the lake.
Can't stop looking at this view...Redcloud and Sunshine are in those mountains to the right.
Better look at the lodge
Nice, ey? Sunshine and Redcloud.
Part of this alternate route had us running around the lake on dirt roads.
Looking back towards Lake City...our final aid station, Slumgullion, is on that mountain in the center.
This was supposed to be a video showing the depth and movement of the river, but I was using a different camera and didn't really know the controls, so got no videos.
The backwoods road to Silverton
Typical of what we had to run for about 7 miles...
some said it reminded them of Leadville
...but the views were nice!
Colorado is awesome...
Scott Eppelman from Texas.
He went off course for a couple of miles and was passing all of us middle packers.
Nice ranch down there...
Imagine living here!
Another view showing the ferocity of the rivers....glad we didn't have to cross any this year!
Aid station #4, about 50K...this was the start of killer climb #2 up over 12K again.
Trudging on up the climb....good Hardrock training!
Huge scree field we skirted as we neared the top
Trail goes up to the right
Guess we're not at the top yet!
Nice view of the San Juans with a course marker in the foreground. It hurt to crouch down to get this shot. Getting real tired...shouldn't have gone out so fast and paying for it now.
The yurt where there was supposed to be an aid station, but the road to this was still snowed in, so no aid.
Someone told me that the leaders spotted a mountain lion up here at this spot
Still climbing, well above 12K now, according to my altimeter.
That's what we're on...
The Divide aid station....soup and coke.
The road to Slumgullion...goes on forever!
One of the peaks is Uncompaghre, I believe.
Views never ended all day
Jody Chase, who also got lost now caught up to me.
Slumgullion aid station, mile 40.
Race Director, Jerry Gray in the cap and red shirt in the background observing the goings on.
The aspens keep us company while we trudge up the final climb
Columbines line the trail
Bogie also went off course and finally caught back up to me....
This is Vickers aid station, about 4 miles to go!
Yay! 4 miles to go!
Final views of the San Juans.
See you in two weeks, where we will be in those mountains!
First view of Lake City....down the hill and through town and we're done!
I tried to take a video of me finishing, but the camera failed again. This is the next morning at the awards.
Bogie and I ran 13:34, don't know the place.
Looking around at the awards
Some guy doing weird things over there.