I am gonna pause to reflect a bit about TRT 2009. Ok, I reflected. Two years ago, I ran the TRT 50K. I said to myself then, the next time I returned to this event it would be with my camera while running the 100 miler. I have a feeling that the camera made my time better in the beginning because I stopped to take over 100 photos in the first 67 miles. What if I didn't take those photos? Would I have ran myself into altitude (never below 6,800 ft) doom? Did those photo/video-stops allow for a gradual ascent and accidental acclimatization? I think the camera was part of the solution. The other part was a surprise visitor 13 miles later at Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Lodge Aid Station. It's Clare!!!!!! Woop Woop!
In this world of "LOOK AT ME" (I am guilty too) through media avenues such as blogging and Facebook, there is one person that will NOT one-up, upstage, or try to outshine you - Clare Abram. As those of you close to me read this, you all ready know this. But, for the new readers, she is a very accomplished ultrarunner and a better person. Earlier, around 5pm, she had finished the 50 mile race as fifth woman just behind Jamie Frink (who she paced at WS100 a few weeks ago), Jenny Capel, Molly Zurn, and winner Elizabeth Davis. This was about 10 minutes before I finished my first 50 miles. With food on her plate, she asked while I was lamping-up if I still needed a pacer. I told her "yes, but I'm fine... you go enjoy yourself at the Diamond Peak Lodge."
|Clare Passing me over Marlette Peak (mile 41)|
|Jenny Capel Passing me over Diamond Peak (mile 24).|
|Jamie Frink Passing me over Herlan Peak (mile 39).|
When I arrived at Mile 80.5, Clare popped out of the Lodge, and asked "Do you still need a pacer?" Oh did I ever. What a surprise! I knew she was gonna save me. It was my fault that I didn't have one in the first place. I waited until a few weeks before the event to attempt to secure a pacer. I tried everything from emailing club members and teammates, to posting on Facebook, and Craiglist: "SWM in need of pacer. Looking for short term relationship at Tahoe Rim Trail 100M... preferably a 50 mile one night stand." No I didn't actually do that.
In previous blog postings, I mentioned my club, my teammates, overcoming personal issues, and relationships that I have fostered through ultrarunning, but this takes the ice cream and the cake. Who has cake without ice cream anyway? I hope this experience inspires someone else to make such a sacrifice. I love our "ultra community" and "ultra spirit" that is shared through experiences like this.
Below are a few videos. The first is her passing me during the first 50 miles. The second was the same spot with the incredible orange rays of light from the morning sunrise at mile 85 to 88.
|40-45 degree incline coming up Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Lake Tahoe and California Mtns in Background.|
The first thing she did on our 2 mile, 1-hour 16-minute (just noticed that Jim Magill got up this beast in 1:10) hike up to Bull Run was start with a joke... something about two dogs "shagging". For those of you haven't spoke with Clare, she is British. That was a good way to get us off and running... I mean walking, hiking, side stepping, duck walking, crossover-step-zig-zagging, and Everest step-pause-climbing.
Since I don't make a habit of my up, down, ate, drank, salted, and suffered, I am also going to limit the personal detail of the pacing. Trust me, she made me run, made me eat, made me drink, and made me run. Even, when we were gonna hit the sub-30 goal, she set a new goal of sub 29. Then when we knew we were gonna hit that she wanted a better 28 time. I begged for mercy, and with 1.7 miles from the finish I said, "We got sub-29, Clare, let's take it easy." She replied, "Now I want the lowest 28 hour time, lets move it!!!!!!!" We did. Thanks Clare! And, thanks to friend Scott Laberge for being there to greet us at the finish. It's one of those things we all cherish... a friend or family member with a big smile and hug after a long long run. Congrats on your 50M too, Scott.
Congrats to Quicksilver Running Club Ultra Racing Team for there finishes:
108 Starters - 65 Finishers
Sean Lang 5th 21:54 (paced by Toshi Hosaka)
Pierre Couteau 7th 22:53
Bree Lambert 1st/9th 23:07 (paced by Prudence and Rob Evans)
Mark Tanaka 22nd 27:22
Greg Lanctot 26th 28: 45 (paced by Clare Abram)
Harris Goodman 37th 31:38
Jim Magill DFL 34:48 (paced by Dan Decker)
50 Milers - 122 Starters - 97 Finishers
Clare Abram 5th/27th 10:45
Scott Laberge 50th 11:53
So, getting back to my point about community and ultra spirit. Don't we all need "a Clare" in our life? My family and friends are grateful for Clare and her sacrifice. It is people like her and others that I have met through running ultras that keep me coming back for more. If you need a pacer or safety runner, Clare is the one you need. Better yet, if you need a friend, she is the one you need.
We push and push, and will selfishly rely on ourselves to accomplish our crazy individual endurance goals. To all the great people I have met in our wonderful community, I thank you for helping get me to another finish. To Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Rim Trail volunteers and RD's David Cotter and George Ruiz... I will see you soon.
In good trail health,
Below, are a few other photos from this great event. More to be posted on Facebook.
|Noe and Jim|
|Thanks Salomon Buddy for the Salomon Gear - H20 Bottle, IV Labs Calf and Arm Sleeves.|
|Marlette Lake on top... Lake Tahoe below.|
|Boy Scouts Aid Station, Snow Valley Peak.|
|Clare and another moon shot.|
|Yes, the same visor I wear all all races (from TNFEC SF 2007 and 2008)|
|She scared the "QEWRGASGARGEWRQG" out of me, but she then posed for photo.|
|Our Clubmates, Jim Magill (Jim's wife Margaret), Sean Lang, and Dan Decker (Safety Runner.|
|Eric and Family at Red house loop. Whoah, you see that shot back there? It was Heaven this year!|