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  • Hey man,

    Are you at all close to the wildfires?  Thought you lived somewhere in that vicinity.  Just doing a check in to make sure you're good.  Saw the coverage on the news last night and thought of you as it looks nuts.  Hope you're safe.

    SFBayDuck
    SFBayDuck
    I'm about 20-25 miles south of the worst of it.  So while a lot of people I know have been impacted, including homes lost, we're good other than just really bad and smoky air.  I've been entertaining two little girls (9-12) who's mother works with my girlfriend, they all stayed with us last night as they were on the edge of the evacuation area.  Luckily they just found out their place is fine for now, but the winds are supposed to pick up tonight and the fires are still 0% contained, so it could get worse before it gets better.

    So all good, other than not going to try and run outside as I'd have to put on a mask to do so.  Thanks for checking in!

    You hitting a final big week or two before taper?

    S
    SayWhat?
    Yikes.  The reports are horrifying, especially how quickly it has spread. I can't imagine.  Just noticed the thread about it too.  Hopefully the winds stay low and they can start getting some of these fires under control. 

    I had a 20+/20+ weekend planned last weekend and got sick on Friday...sooo, I ran 8 total miles last week.  Eeks.  Feeling a bit better so going to try to hammer this coming week and hopefully tag one more solid week on after that before I start to taper for the last week or two.  Work has been out of control, training has suffered, and thus I have lessening expectations for the race with each passing week.  That is, if the fires don't end up canceling it which seems like a possibility?  Well thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone out there.  Stay safe.

    SFBayDuck
    SFBayDuck
    Thanks, appreciate it.  These fires shouldn't be an issue, they're far enough away that even the air quality shouldn't be too affected up there (if at all). 

    Also, not sure if I've asked you this but generally what type of terrain is Overlook to the finish?  Single track?  Fire roads?  Grass?  Rocky/roots? 

    Definitely going to plan a night training run with my wife and want to pick a local park that best mimics what she'll see at night out at RdL. 

    Thanks!

    SFBayDuck
    SFBayDuck
    I don't honestly remember much about it, other than the meat grinder section.  Most of the trails in that area are pretty buffed out, and I think there are some fire roads in there as well.  

    The meat grinder is kind of a #####, no doubt.  Just choppy ups and downs, some roots, rocky, that kind of thing.  Not European technical, but technical for out here.  

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    SayWhat?
    Thanks Duck.   :thumbup:

    Well, I lost my mile ~50-75 pacer this weekend.  He had a great friend/business partner recently announce his impromptu wedding for November 4th.  Kind of a bummer, but not the end of the world.  It would have been fun to have him to run with but I'm not overly concerned about that.  What it does impact a bit is vehicle logistics, since my wife is ideally hoping to pace me from Overlook (mi 75) to the finish or worst case from Rattlesnake Bar (mi 84) to the finish if something changes where she's not comfortable going 25 miles.  Being that you're somewhat familiar with the area I'm wondering if you have any thoughts on transportation if my wife drives to and leaves our rental car at Overlook?  It appears as though there is Uber in the Folsom area, which we could then take from the finish back to Overlook on Saturday morning.  Think an Uber would let our grossness after 100 miles into their vehicle?   :X   :D See any holes in that logistically?  The only potential issue I could see is if I'm (somehow miraculously) finishing in under 24 hours, as that might be pretty early on a Saturday morning at 5am for Uber to be out an about.

    SFBayDuck
    SFBayDuck
    I think you could get an Uber, but it's also pretty likely I could help arrange transportation for you, either personally or from a friend up there.  Good news is it's not very far between those spots, about 15 minutes between Rattlesnake and Overlook, and both are less than 30 minutes from Beals (Finish).

    If  you want a pacer for miles 50-75, I could probably find one for you.  And of course if my buddy doesn't end up signing up (I think he will), then I'm happy to crew, pace, whatever you need.

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    SayWhat?
    Great to know it's reasonably easy commuting between Beals and Overlook...considering I've heard the Western States course isn't the easiest for crew to navigate quickly, I wasn't quite sure what to expect here.  It appeared ok, but wanted to be sure.  That eases the mind about logistics a bit.

    Well let's see what plays out with your buddy.  I don't think I'd want a random pacer for 50-75 in terms of one of your friends, but if your buddy doesn't sign up I don't think I'd turn you down if you were interested in pacing. 

    Did you see my other PM by chance?

    Duck,

    I seem to recall you having a 100K coming up here in the next week or two, but I can't for the life of me remember which one or find out where that was posted.  Regardless, good luck if you are indeed running one!  If not, it just goes to prove that I'm getting old and forgetful.  Well I appreciate all the advice you've provided in the running thread and look forward to hearing about the race, if my memory hasn't failed me.

    Best,
    SayWhat?

    SFBayDuck
    SFBayDuck
    Close - I have Cascade Crest 100M, coming up this Saturday!  I had a really good July with all-time highs in miles, hours, and elevation, and with 10 days of it at altitude in AZ, CO, and UT, so hopefully that set me up well.  My taper has been a little longer than I like thanks to a family vacation 2 weeks ago, but it is what it is and I'm just trying not to do anything stupid now.

    I was wondering about your training a couple of days ago while running - how's it going, and when is your race again?

    -Duck

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    SayWhat?
    Oh DANG.  Well my memory is confirmed as fading, but now I'm especially intrigued!  Sounds like you're well prepared, as well as wise to not push it this close to the race as it's not likely to benefit you anyways.  Love the training updates you post, and salivate at some of the trails that are in your backyard. 

    As for me, I can not say the same in terms of preparation.  It's been a summer of inconsistency due to ill timed occurrences (influenza, rib injury, illness/vacation each occurring ~1 month apart this summer and knocking me out for 1 week+ each...excuses!!) and just flat not training as much as I had hoped due to life.  I have strung together some solid weeks throughout though, including my last couple which included weekend back-to-backs with mileage of 20/20 and 25/20 with ~3-4K elevation gain each run.  Also, I'd say that 90%+ of my runs are on trails, so training specificity has been good.  So I'm a bit more prepared in terms of training for my first 100 (Superior 100 Sept 9-10) than I was for the Superior 50 two years ago, but not 100 vs 50 more prepared.  It's going to be a physical battle no doubt, so I'm wrapping my brain around the mental preparation of not quitting when those rough patches inevitably hit. 

    Hey, I do have a strategic question for you.  The race starts at 8am on Friday morning.  The race allows pacers beginning at Mile 43.  My wife is planning to pace me from miles 96-103, but I'll only have one other pacer whom is planning on pacing me for ~20 miles (another pacer had to bow out due to the remoteness of the area as his wife is expecting their 3rd child within 10 days of race day and it's 5 hours from where we both live).  So, based on your experience would you utilize your pacer's 20 miles as you're entering the evening from miles 51-72 (Miles 63-72 snippet) as it gets dark/cold when fatigue is really setting in and hope that the thought "it's just a 50K left" gets you through solo from miles 72-96?  Or would you try to run sans pacer until mile 78 (which could be approaching daylight on Saturday morning) and have a pacer from 78 through the end of the race?  I'm leaning towards having the pacer from 51-72 (or possibly miles 63-85).  Any thoughts?

    Good luck at Cascade!  I'll most definitely be following along, and pulling for you. 

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