The Furnace Creek 508 is 10 days away. I have an unusual calm as the days tick away. I am usually a lot more stressed out about my gear or nutrition. But this year being the fourth year racing the “toughest 48 hours in sport” I feel ready and healthy. Over the next few posts I will recap my experiences from my previous three races. For new readers it will give you a chance to see that I’ve probably made every mistake in the book 😉
In 2006, I had incredible form. I had had a good full season of Ultras. I had done fast doubles, climbing doubles and climbing centuries and unsupported brevets. I even had a great month of August training in the mountains with 1650 miles and 124,000 feet of climbing.
January San Diego 200km Brevet 125 miles 6,500 feet
February I was hit by a car.
February Palm Springs Century weekend 340 miles 20,000 feet
March San Diego 300km Brevet 186 miles 11,400 feet
Mullholand Double Century 202 Miles with 16,500 feet
Breathless Agony 11,000 feet in under 75 miles
Heartbreak Double Century 200 miles 16,500 feet
Death Ride 129 miles 15,000 feet
Everest Challenge 29,000 feet in 2 days
Death Valley Northern Route 196 Miles 10,500 feet of climbing
So where did I go wrong?
Are you asking yourself why was I taking in so many calories? Because I was intimidated by the event. The 508 miles the 35,000 feet of climbing. I thought I would really fuel up this time. I would really take in the calories to make sure I wouldn’t falter on the course. But that was a big mistake and I paid for it for miles miles and miles and hours and hours of poor performance.
So in short, I had great fitness but my nutrition made for a horrible first 152 miles. Sleep deprivation also was a major problem through the first night and I was still in Death Valley (about 300 miles) by daybreak. I learned a lot from my first Furnace Creek. But as you’ll see I still had a lot more to learn in the next couple of years.