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!