Monday, April 16, 2012

Really important takeaway

In reading P. Melter's RR, I picked up this gem.

By this time of the day I was pretty much drenched in sweat. Again, with 20/20 hindsight I know I should have been pounding more salt. I felt I was okay with water and I was doing well with my fueling plans, which I'd practiced in my training. I kept to a fairly strict intake each half an hour, and that was working well for me. Still, it was getting warmer, and by the time I was approaching Rat Jaw on the short coal road, Carl had joined up, and offered some wise words about how those less smart will run it, while the smart will take the opportunity here to walk and eat and drink. This was the first time I'd done Rat Jaw with the Prison section and it was a nice twist, meeting on ascent those who were just ahead and heading down; then passing by those who were behind me climbing up, on my way down.

In hindsight, James and I walked this section, mostly becasue we had just gotten scraped and were a little unsure if we were headed in the right direction. I don't recall taking in any calories at this point and I know I ran out of water on the way up Rat Jaw, so I must have been drinking. Looking ahead to the next attempt, I will make sure to take in calories and drink, the climb up Rat Jaw is a beast.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Ring

This is what we dig!

This one will be short & sweet(The blog post, not the race). It is offically added to the bucket list.

The Ring


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Coosa Backcountry 50

Yeah, this one has a nice ring to it!

picture this...

13 mile loop with 3500' of gain. One nice long climb of 2200' in a little more than 3 miles. Last three miles are downhill.

Rinse and repeat. 4 loops = healthy 50 miler; 14k in gain (and loss)

September time frame. Who's in? We could drop water at miles 4 & 8 for an unsupported AS.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cohutta Wilderness

1st up, Jacks River Trail 50k.

The Jacks River Trail is 16.7 miles long, I plan on doing an out and back, for a healthy 50k.

I will update on my progress...


Thursday, April 5, 2012

After thoughts

It has been 3 days since I was tapped out and I still haven’t stopped thinking about Barkley.

I was told that I would be a changed man. I believed what I was told, I just didn’t understand.

I see things a little differently. Certain areas of my life have come into greater focus.

The Barkley has changed me.

I thought I knew “hard”.

Nothing could have prepared me for what the Barkley so freely dished out.

The endless climbs.

The quad busting descents.

Bad Thing & Big Hell lived up to their names.

I wanted to quit, but knew the only way back was to continue forward.

Coming up Rough Ridge, the proverbial straw that broke my back.

Who would have thought 400’ would be so hard?

When I asked Laz to tap me out, he asked “Why?”; didn’t I want to continue?

“I’ve had all I could handle.”

No truer words.

The post “run” shower re-energized me, much like the descents gave my legs fresh life.

Maybe I could have made it to the top of Bird.

The walk up the road back to my camp reconfirmed my decision to drop.

It was the right choice.

Sitting around the fire until 4am sat night/sun morning was a highlight.

I learned that even the little I thought I knew, was nothing.

I want to go back.

265 days.

Thomas Armbruster