After coming off a difficult DNF a few weeks ago at UROC 100K, I was looking for redemption. Considering it was mid-October, there were not many chances before the end of the racing season and the snow started falling. But there was one race left, and it was practically in my backyard – 24 Hours of Boulder. Reid Delman of Gemini Adventures runs a few 12/24 hr, 100mi, and 100k races. I’ve done one of Reid’s races, 12 Hours of Moab, a few years ago with running friend, Stuart Swineford. Anyway, there were options for relay or solo. I opted for the 100K Solo.
For me it wasn’t ideal. A flat and fast course didn’t really suit my strengths or interests. Almost all my training this summer had been in preparation for the UROC 100K with lots and lots of rough terrain, elevation gain, and altitude. Flat and fast meant there would be no walk breaks. However, the real challenge for me was the rather boring out-and-back course which is, for me, Kryptonite. That said, Reid always puts on fun races. So, why not?
The weather started out perfect. It was a little chilly (36°F) at the 9:00am start, but warmed up to about 60° by noon. With ample cloud cover and virtually no wind, the conditions were ripe for some fast times…if only my legs could move fast. I had still not fully recovered from UROC, but I was happy to reach 50 miles by 10hrs 28 min. My goal was to hit 10hrs, but I was still pretty happy considering this was not my favorite course profile. The out-and-back laps around Boulder Reservoir were starting to wear on my mind and body. When it was all behind me, I had traversed the Boulder Reservoir 20 times.
With two laps left to complete, I started having some calf cramping, and I ended up walking much of the last two laps in the dark. That made me miss my overall finish goal by 45min. Oh well, it’s done. 14hrs 21min of running to complete the full 100K (62mi). Now, it’s time to shift gears to ski season and fall fly fishing…and to give Anne some time for her own adventures.