|Wyatt in his Sea Monster boots, super excited to see Dusty coming down the trail|
Death Before DNF was an intriguing race. The main goal was 100 miles in 24 hours, but the race wouldn't end until the last runner quit and was named last man standing. It was being held only 1 1/2 hours from home by a beautiful lake.
|Mommy, can you take my shirt off cuz Daddy has his off and I want mine off too|
Saturday was the day and Dusty went up for the 8 am start hoping to complete 100 miles. Nobody knew anything about the course beyond the fact that it was a 2.4 mile loop that you had to do at least 41 times. It was billed as single track with good views of the lake.
Unfortunately the heat hasn't let up here yet and Saturday reached triple digits yet again. I saw Dusty off at 6 am to head to the trail while I hunkered day for a day of Curious George story time with Wyatt planning to meet up after afternoon nap.
|Wyatt off running with Dusty. He told me I wasn't allowed to go because I had my short on and runners go shirtless.|
|The only flat section of trail on the entire loop|
|Going up the first hill. All climbs were short. but steep and full of roots.|
The loop began on asphalt as it left the tent camping area and then quickly dove into a single track trail in the woods. As we made our way along it was apparent that this trail was never flat. It either went up or down at all times and some sections were so steep you nearly had to go on your butt to get down. Add in tight turns and so many roots you could barely see the dirt floor and it was as much a mental workout as it was a physical one. You just never could get into a rhythm or good stride.
|Gong back down and around and through|
|I loved the creepy twisty trees through here.|
There were some wonderful views though and the fact that you did it so many times made it a bit easier as you could learn where to move out and when to slow down.
I left him at 7 pm at 31 miles down and no longer hoping to make 100. His PR in a 24 hour race is 64 miles and I knew he really wanted to at least beat that.
|More creepy trees. I don't think I would have liked them so much at night.|
|Going down. I was proud of Wyatt for navigating this so well, but I couldn't imagine having to do this 41 times.|
|The lake views were amazing though|
|Going down again.|
It was a very brutal course and I told him he should be proud of the 41 miles he fought for. I'm not sure what his plans are from here. I know he really wants to do a point to point 100 instead of these 24 hour loop runs that kill you mentally. Burning River 100 is top of his list for next summer as long as things at work settle down again. A friend invited him to run another 100 miler close by here in December, but it is a 1 mile loop and he just can't fathom going around the same circle 100 times. We will see what he comes up with.
|And coming back up|