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Bandera 50K - RunUltra Marathon

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Bandera, Texas
United States
Tejas Trails
70F / 21C
Total Time = 5h 47m
Overall Rank = 49/245
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Had the normal steel cut oats, banana and coffee. Grabbed the stuff I laid out the night before and headed out the door to Bandera.
Event warmup:

It took longer to get to the race than I had anticipated. Even though we were there about 45 min before the start, there was a good line to park, and of course a line at packet pick up and the port-o-johns. And I was stupid enough not to put on the KT Tape and compression sleeves before we left, so I tried to get it all on while in line for the port-o-johns. All of the sudden they call "5 min for 50k" and its only 7:05! holy crap! Needless to say I did not get to "flush out the system" before the run started. Walked over to the start of the 50k (which was about a 10 min walk) and just got ready to RUN!
  • 5h 48m 15s
  • 31 miles
  • 11m 14s  min/mile

I made the rookie mistake of skipping the Cross Roads aid station at mile 26. I was feeling great, but about a half mile down the road I ran out of water in my CamelBak. Shitake! So I had to go the last 5 miles on my own, and that's what killed me at Lucky Peak. EPIC FAIL.
What would you do differently?:

Not skip a necessary aid station, even if feeling good. Use hand held bottles instead of Camel Bak maybe so I can see when I'm getting low. Need to try different things out. Take off long sleeve t-shirt and leave it at drop bag.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much really, just some walking and eating the post-race goodies.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ummm, the hills?

Event comments:

This is an awesome ultra race put on by some really great people. I would do it again in a heartbeat, in fact I can't wait for the next one. Tejas Trails is the best!

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Last updated: 2011-11-15 12:00 AM
05:48:15 | 31 miles | 11m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/245
Performance: Good
Course: Lots of hills! Here is a link to the elevation profile 6400 feet climbing and another 6400 descending. Lucky Peak @ mile 29 kicked me in the balls. Nuff said.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-01-09 1:31 PM

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San Antone, Texas
Subject: Bandera 50K

2012-01-09 2:58 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Bandera 50K
Glad you had fun and a great race! It is certainly scenic!

2012-01-09 4:18 PM
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San Antone, Texas
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KSH - 2012-01-09 2:58 PM Glad you had fun and a great race! It is certainly scenic!

Thanks!  It was everything that you said it would be and then some.  Lucky Peak... WOW.  Those hills at the beginning too were pretty amazing.  I'm excited for the next trail run now.  I need to get more miles on the trails beforehand.  Fingers crossed that I can get into Rocky.

2012-01-12 2:26 PM
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Ann Arbor, MI
Subject: RE: Bandera 50K
Sounds like you're hooked on the trails! Awesome job on those hills -- that was a tough first ultra. You're going to have a blast at Rocky Raccoon. Happy running
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