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Wild West Relay (200 miles) - RunUltra Marathon

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
United States
Timberline Events
Total Time = 4h 03m 30s
Overall Rank = 3/146
Age Group = 6x6 ultra
Age Group Rank = 1/6
Pre-race routine:

Showed up in lakewood to meet the team and head up to Fort Collins in the mini Van. Left at 8:45 and were up there by 10 A.M. Our team went off at 11:30 A.M.
This is a relay race from Fort Collins to Steamboat that is 200 miles long!
Event warmup:

A bit of a jog before each legs with some running drills and such.
  • 4h 03m 30s
  • 34.4 miles
  • 07m 05s  min/mile

Friday -12:18 P.M.First leg-4.7 miles considered easy 30:25 at 6:28 pace.
So the first set of legs were in the heat of the day, and basically through farmland and on dirt county roads. Pretty boring here. Everyone ran hard there first legs and paid for it in the end. I really tried to pace myself and did pretty well through out.
3:45 P.M. Leg #2 This was my second leg and it was considered hard. 2.5 miles of climbing 700 feet in 2.5 miles then flat to rolling for the last bit. This was a hard one for me. I am just not a climber. 26:05- 7:15 pace.
7:20 P.M. Leg #3- Considered hard. 2.5 miles of climbing, then 5 miles downhill, Steep! 53:19- 6:50 pace. This one hurt and I was thinking what am I doing this for? Decent run on the downhill section.
Saturday-12:25 A.M. Leg #4-This leg was considered moderate. It was hard in the dark! This one said 7.1 but my garmin said 7.22. All the others were right on. This one was mentally hard because I was running on no sleep and no one was out on the roads really and my mind was playing tricks on me. Hard to see the potholes in the road and running against traffic was tough with the lights coming at you from the cars and blinding me temporarily. Legs were in pain and I was having some breathing issues. Felt like some asthma. I forgot my inhaler.

4:47 a.m. Leg#5 5.3 miles 41:59 7:53 pace.
This leg was considered moderate. Pretty flat. Took off the Heart rate monitor at this point in the race.
Again the legs were toast and it was dark. Pace slowed to almost a walk on this one. Just wanted to be done. Everyones moral was low at this point and we were all hurting.

8:32 A.M. Last leg. 5.8 miles 42:24 7:19 pace.
Considered hard. Coming down Rabbit ears pass on the top section. So lots of rolling hills at first them 2.5 miles of very steep downhill. Quads were hating life by now. I wanted to catch the team ahead of me and drank a red bull before this one and had some energy and mentally I was on. Caught the team ahead and motored downhill as it was my last leg. Very glad to be finished.

What would you do differently?:

Run more. I had a 30 mile week running as my longest week leading up to this race. I also had to run in a 1/2 ironman the next morning.
Post race
Event comments:

Great race but not fun as a 6 man team! We past every team in the field except 2. One of those teams past us at leg 13. The other team started behind us and never caught us but beat us by 25 minutes. The teams started out 30 minutes apart. We started at 11:30 A.m. and the first teams started at 5 a.m. Just a brutal race as a 6 man team. almost all the teams were 12 man. We were the fastest 6 man team on the day by more than 2 hours.We all received a 100.00 dollar gift certificate to north face. All in all it was tough on no sleep as we were an active van the whole time. The 12 man teams had several hours between runs and could stop and sleep. Now to sleeep myself and get ready for 5430 long course the next day at 5 a.m. I went to bed at 5 the night before and woke up at 3:30 to get to boulder. Read my 5430 long course race report next!
200 miles total for the relay in 23 hours and 30 minutes. That is a 7:17 pace overall.

Last updated: 2009-07-15 12:00 AM
04:03:30 | 34.4 miles | 07m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 3/146
Performance: Good
Course: From FortCollins up through Wyoming and then to Steam boat. You can look on the website for the maps and legs. My legs equaled 34.4 miles over 2 days. I had the longest distance of the group but the 3rd hardest of them.
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2009-08-10 11:13 AM

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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: Wild West Relay (200 miles)

2009-08-10 11:30 AM
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Parker, CO
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Nice job Mark!  I think next time go for the 12-man team.  Busy weekend for you with this and then 5430...nicely done!

2009-08-10 1:53 PM
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Englewood, CO
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rayd - 2009-08-10 9:30 AM

Nice job Mark!  I think next time go for the 12-man team.  Busy weekend for you with this and then 5430...nicely done!

Good idea!  nice job to you too for your effort yesterday!

2009-08-10 5:25 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
Subject: RE: Wild West Relay (200 miles)
you are too cool for words.
2009-08-10 6:22 PM
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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: Wild West Relay (200 miles)
"I saw Dickdime coming in and knew I had a terrible swim."

You kicked this weekend... there, I took the high road...

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