"Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense."
- David Blaikie

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Day 2 Jurassic Coast Challenge

Day 2: 4:49 and holding strong in 5th place. 27.5 miles.

Did I say yesterday was muddy and windy? Double that. Winds along the ridges in excess of 50 mph and rain almost all day today. Total mudfest. Today was dubbed the hardest day in JCC history. The oner (all 78.6 miles in one go) was canceled tonight as the winds are expected to increase.

I ran a bit faster today, and a bit further than yesterday. Spent much of the day in 2nd place but then took a break the last few miles dropping back to 5th. That keeps my overall position comfortably in 5th. I'd be very pleased to end up in 5th overall. The folks in front of me are very talented and experienced stage racers. Lot's of who have done the Racing the Planets 4 deserts series, Marathon De Sables, etc.

Tough to get pictures today with all the rain, but I did manage to snap a couple toward the end. This really is a spectacular course.

Topped the day off with a nice soak in my tub and couple pints with some new friends.

Hopefully some better weather tomorrow!


5 comments:

Layna (aka Willow) said...

Great job, Weezyl!

flame said...

weez-
those winds sound insane- way to maintain out there! what shoes are you wearing?

you managed to get some great shots- that coastline is intense. and sounds like you had quite a nice recovery to get you ready for d3!

kick it!

ocletuspapa said...

Weez

sounds like you're having fun and doing well despite the lack of chair and beer service - keep on Rocking it!

WingNut

squonk said...

remember,

if you podium we'll triple our club sponsorship commitment to your trail endeavors for this season.

and we'll cancel your dues to the club for the remainder of 2008.

squonk

ps: if you don't podium, there's something being batted around about jello and a small swimming pool

oh...and please stay back from the cliffs...ok? They've been known to, like, fall off the edge of the world throwing unsuspecting trail runners into the reaches of where there be monsters...

Joe Lea said...

Thanks guys! This bit of encouragement was just what I needed to get back out there on day 3.

Squonk, I had a shot at the podium, but was so intrigued by your jello reference...