The Ultra Experience

Here's to the adventures of my life which are usually ultra marathon trail running or fly fishing but may include other trips, experiences, thoughts, opinions, or pretty much whatever I want. As co-founder of Altra Footwear my life and adventures seemingly revolve more around developing and promoting the best footwear in the world...and I love it!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Diablo 50k

Rain, wind, and mud mud mud...

With a week's worth of rain, unknown to me when I signed up for this race Thursday night, I lined up for this California ultra. Not much to say about the race aside from mud. Having run in some epically muddy races (BSTM '06, Squaw '08, Timp '10) this one was worse. Ever step a battle. Wet cold and windy many didn't finish or were pulled off the course for safety reasons. Thanks to all volunteers who sat out in the rain for those many hours with kind words. The race directors did a great job under the circumstance. The course was beautiful and I enjoyed most of the many river crossings but the sure was tough.

I finished 5th in a time of 5 hrs 37 minutes. It has been a stressful week but when it's all said and done I'm not in that good of shape. Chalk it up for quite the adventure!

4 comments:

Scott said...

Sounds like a tough 50k. Conditions this time of year are always sketchy. Mud is the end of me, takes some seriously strength to run in it well.

Philadelphia said...

I always like to see your blog! How about you find a race in Alabama!

jun said...

Hey, at least you were able to get out and race, even in bad conditions. And 5th isn't too shabby either. Nice job.

Hone said...

I have run all over the nation and California mud is by far the worst. It just gathers and gathers on the bottom of the shoes and becomes extremely frustrating.