Running and Travels, I know that one of the “other obstacles” is a ladder that climbs to the top of a dam. I have also been studying the course maps and profile to devise a sensible race strategy. My friends at Endurance Buzz have put together detailed information on each climb and descent to include mileage and grade of each section. The longest climb is 2700 feet in 5.5 miles up Pajarito Mountain and the steepest grade is over 18%.
To get ready for my upcoming adventure I’m heading out for a 40 miler this morning (17 Apr 2010). I start at 5:00am and head down mountain to the Rio Grande levee trail. The forecast is calling for scattered showers today. It’s dark when I head out so I don my headlamp. Soon I pass the wildlife rehab center where I have been volunteering. The Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue takes care of injured and orphaned birds and nurses them back to health for eventual release back into the wild.
Hammer Perpetuem with 25 mg of caffeine to try to get my body going. The clouds over the mountains look extremely ominous, but the sky is very beautiful. I run the trail and then head back up hill where I stop off at a quicky mart for some more water. Eventually I start to wake up. I think the Perpetuem is starting to work. I make it home to complete the first leg of my day. 15 miles down.
When I get out of the car the wind is blowing fiercely chilling me to the bone, but I decide to gut it out and start running towards the peak anyway. I run up and down some rolling single track for an hour and arrive at Smugglers Gap. When I crest the hill and turn onto a road to descend, the wind almost knocks me down. As I run down the highway the gusts keep pushing me into the guardrail. I guess that is better than into the road with oncoming traffic.
After driving home and consulting GMaps Pedometer I have calculated today’s adventure at 38.3 miles; just a little shy of my goal. Look for a full Jemez Mountain race report next month. See you on the trail.
The windy view from the base of S. Franklin peak