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2002 BISHOP HIGH SIERRA 50 ULTRA-MARATHON
May 18, 2002

 

 
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Results
Name Time Placing
Gary Bash* 10:11:43* 57*
Jason Grose 13:33:09 47
Brent Norquist MIA N/A
Phil Patch MIA N/A

*Gary downgraded to the 50 K


How I got roped into this is a mystery. I think it may have something to do with my confounding stupidity but it just seemed like a good idea at the time. I was already on the hook for the 2002 Big Sur International Marathon when I heard from the gang that we were still on for the Wild Wild West Marathon. The catch was that the WWW was a mere week after the Big Sur but true to my imbecility, I agreed to the schedule. Then, as training progressed, Gary Bash contacted me to run a 50 mile ultra-marathon and for some reason that ranks up there with crop circles, I instantly agreed. The date for this third round of fun was two weeks after the WWW. I half-expected another call to run to the Moon or something but while I was waiting, the training had to begin.

Since it took me so long to write these (5 months after the fact, after the pain subsided) I have to fall back to the post-race email I sent to the others. I will use the teasers I sent them as themes to each story. But first, some pictures and then a little background on the training.

The Pictures

The Stories

 

Training

  I finished in 13:33:09 (27 minutes shy of the official cut off)
  Only 48 finished the 50 miler (I was #47). I beat a 55-year-old lady (b**ch had it comin'!)
  I unwittingly crapped on a King snake (likely the best story of them all)
  Temperature started in the 40's and cycled through the 90s and back to 60's
  Altitude started at 2500 and went to (huff, puff….) 7500. (First 10 miles were pure uphill.)
  First piss was at mile 22
  First crap since early Friday was at mile 26
  Second and last crap was at mile 40, as witnessed close up by Sly the Shit-Covered snake.
  I never touched my drop bags
  I didn't eat any power bars, gels, goos, etc.
  I never changed any clothing including shoes and socks
  Medication: I had a grand total of two Advil during the entire race
 

Never cramped but had a dizzy spell at mile 40 (just prior to the snake-crapping incident). Both scared the daylights out of me.

  Learned that with a name like "Overlook Point," you are most likely gonna do some hill climbing on the next leg. I saw God and he shot me the finger.
  My GPS gave out at 39 miles (battery life) so I had to judge pace and progress in questionable mental state.
  What I thought about for 13 and a half hours: everything at first and then making the cut-offs in time.
  I got three minor blisters, 2 on leading edge of two toes and one on side of toe, all on one foot. But during race, feet felt as though they were hit with sledgehammers. Hard. Repeatedly.
  Ran three miles today, first since Saturday.
  My lips are still chapped from overall dehydration

How it all started...

2000 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2001 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2002 Big Sur International Marathon
2002 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2002 Bishop 50-mile Ultra-Marathon

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