July 10, 2017
This is turning out to be a hot summer.
Spent part of my weekend volunteering at the Mt. Disappointment 50K. Alan Sheppard was running it so I carpooled with him and had him drop me off at the base of Josephine. I ended up caravan-ing up to the Josephine Aid Station and working there. Met some really great people including the Aid Station captain, Deb Jorgensen (IT professional with the Dodgers) who really had a good set-up – ice, ice crushers, fake grass, lots of chairs, avocado, potato, pickle juice – really anything anyone could want.
When Alan came through, he looked like death warmed over (later, said he wanted to quit, but our good attitude got him through). Not sure how hot it was at that point, but when Alan dropped me off at 5:30am, it was 85 degrees out!
After the last person went through, we just had to wait for word of the sweep getting into radio range to Red Box Aid Station. We waited for a really long time and even the Search and Rescue people abandoned us. Apparently the sweep got into difficulty and it took him over 3 hours to do 8 miles!
When I finally was dropped at Mt. Wilson around 3:45pm, I was certain Alan had finished, but couldn’t find him anywhere. Thought he might have left (oh, no!) but then I noticed his truck was still there (maybe he got a ride with someone else… no, wait, that doesn’t make sense – heat was getting to me).
See, I had asked when I got in whether his number had come in, and they had said, “Yes,” but I said the wrong number. Oops. He hadn’t come in yet. He was still struggling up the last stretch of Westfork Trail (2,500′ gain in 5 miles), so I did get to see him finish (and be really pissed about his time). We watched some other finishes and then it was time to head down.
I was so tired on Sunday that I literally slept for 10 hours… so that was the situation going into the 5K today.
12:48 going out and 12:24 coming back (and I even walked a little bit). Just a tad over 8:00/mile pace.