Monday, June 7, 2010

My First Ultra Win!

I'm waiting to be reunited with my camera which was left in a dropbag on the course before I do a full race recap, BUT I can say with pride that I bagged my first ultra win at the Blue Canyon 50 Mile trail race  near Santa Barbara, CA last Saturday!

With temps up to 103 degrees it ended up being more of a war of attrition than anything as the 13% finisher rate attests to. In addition to the heat runners are hit with elevation gain/loss of over 14,000 ft in each direction.

So in the end it took me 11:02.00, but the slow finishing time was strictly because the heat forced me to walk the last 14 miles or so. Every time I'd try to run I'd overheat and would start to feel dizzy and disoriented. Thankfully, mother nature shows no favoritism and all the other runners had to contend with it as well. On this particular day, even if I wasn't the fittest or fastest, I WAS the toughest and have my first W to show for it!

Brooks

6 comments:

Brandon Fuller said...

Congrats on the win! Take it anyway it comes.

Nick said...

Nice one, Brooks. You're a tough mofo - well tougher than them soft Californians, anyway ;)

Andy Henshaw said...

now you just have to defend your title next year, hopefully it wont be 103 (in actuality the 103 reading was at the 100km turnaround in the shade on top of the mountain pass, I think it was closer to 110 in the canyons dude)

BLOS said...

Way to stick it out! Very proud of ya!

kevsteele said...

Thanks for coming Brooks and congratulations! Got some great mug shots of you and Andy: http://bit.ly/95X1id

sisimao said...

you always know the right thing to say!............................................................