Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The understory




“You run all day believing the finish line will arrive. But it won't be a line. It will be a moment. Because every step for the last 10 hours was a line.  A line that can bring anger and hatred, pain, suffering, doubt, confusion, but also laughter and joy, love, friendship. Yet when you can only shuffle one foot forward in the slightest you still know your moment will arrive, and it is close because nothing can stop you.” – Daniel Goddard, 14h50  #van100

So true. It’s hard to capture the full sensation in words. How to best describe the highs and lows? Or the whole ridiculousness of it? What comes to mind for me is: bewilderment. I ask myself “how is this possible … how am I still running ?” … and I don’t even race the really crazy distances, I do just enough to get the idea of what is considered as epic.
Ultras are strange and each one who runs them has their own reasons or impetus -- somehow we all share in it, like an understory.
 
Saturday A.M. ride to Deep Cove to 'warm-up' the legs for my pacer duties.
Saturday P.M. Jackie Muir and Ken Legg at their 75% mark (Cleveland Dam)
 
 
This past Saturday (and into Sunday), I had the honour to serve as pacer for Jackie Muir who was completing her third Club Fat Ass Vancouver 100k run. This is not an official race, although it is competitive and times are recorded. The course is daunting and merciless, guaranteed to challenge the hardiest.


You must know the route and are responsible for your own support. It is recommended to either have gear drops or even better to have friends/family crew you along the way. As a pacer, my job was to get my athlete safely to the finish, especially the last few hours in the dark and roots. A pacer keeps track of time, the pace (obviously), energy/nutrition management, navigation, morale, and provides distraction or brings focus as needed. Jackie and I have ran together often this season, and things went smoothly, despite an early fall (Jackie) and headlamp malfunction (mine), she bested her time with a sprint finish!

Results:

 2014 Vancouver 100 finishers
 
Name
Finish Time
Finishes
1
Hassan Lotfi-Pour
100 km
13:40:00
4
2
Daniel Goddard
100 km
14:50:00
1
3
Kerry Ward
100 km
15:59:00
3
4
Michel Roberge
100 km
17:00:18
1
5
Michael Forbes
100 km
17:24:52
1
6
Jackie Muir
100 km
17:29:00
3
7
ken legg
100 km
17:29:00
4
8
Vera Horsman
100 km
17:35:00
1
9
Charles Yuen
100 km
17:55:00
1
10
Suzanne Johnson
100 km
18:05:00
1
11
Bill Dagg
100 km
18:10:00
3
12
Eric Rannaud
100 km
19:29:00
2
13
Sam Chiu
100 km
19:29:00
2
14
Michael Wardas
100 km
19:43:00
5
15
Glenn Camerson
100 km
20:28:00
1
16
Julie Flynn
100 km
20:28:00
1
17
Andy Healey
100 km
21:03:00
1
18
Doris Leong
100 km
21:29:00
1
19
Claire Bomkamp
100 km
21:45:00
1
20
Kyndra Moeller
100 km
25:05:00
3
21
Craig Moore
100 km
27:35:26
4
22
Sean Lavin
100 km
28:11:00
3
23
Dikesh Khatri
100 km
30:13:00
1
 

Event Details:
Next Vancouver 100 is Saturday June 6, 2015 - 5:00am start

Start /finish at Deep Cove, Panorama Park, North Vancouver BC
100K out-and-back on the Baden Powell Centennial Trail plus a bit

16,300 feet vertical climb and 16,300 descent, out and back

To sign-up for the Vancouver 100 or other Club Fat Ass (CFA) events see Facebook page or more info on the CFA website. There is no cost to join and all abilities of trail running are welcome.


Tuesday 5:30am. Mountain Highway group run - Photo by Erin Donnelly


Understory - refers to plant life growing beneath the forest canopy without penetrating it to any extent. Plants in the understory comprise an assortment of seedlings and saplings of canopy trees together with specialist understory shrubs and herbs. Young canopy trees often persist in the understory for decades as suppressed juveniles until an opening in the forest overstory permits their growth into the canopy.


Tuesday 7:30pm. Sidebar scramble on the 
cusp of Dog Mountain, Mt Seymour

Sunday. Shannon Creek basin, Sea to Summit trail, Squamish
- Photo by Aran Seaman

Sunday. Lower Chief Backside trail, Stawamus Chief Park


The other story

The week’s training went well. I’m slowly recovering from Sun Mountain 50 mile, by incorporating some light cycling, keeping mileage and intensity low. With my next key race 5 weeks out, I will ramp up the mileage and elevation, with judicious speed workouts. I know the course quite well and also where my weak spots will be, and so specificity is also a focus. This will be my third Knee Knacker. In 2010 I ran 6h41, then 6h15 in 2013 and aiming closer to 6h05ish for 2014. Wish me luck!

Jeff Pelletier's video on Sea to Summit trail, with Karl Woll from Outdoor Vancouver 

More of the week on Instagram
 

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