Monday, October 1, 2007

Long and Fast

Bike Commute 3 miles
Run 9 miles

Mt. Bike 24 miles
Run 7 miles

It's been a pretty impressive year for ultra endurance racing. In self supported endurance mountain biking there were new records set in 3 of the toughest and longest races: The Iditarod Trail Invitational (Pete Basinger), The Grand Loop (Dave Harris), and The Great Divide Race (Jay Petervary). In Ultra running there were too many course records set in 100 milers to possibly remember them all. Off the top of my head I can recall: HURT (Matt Estes), Susitna (Geoff Roes), McNaughton Park (Karl Meltzer), Bighorn (Karl Meltzer), Hardrock (Scott Jurek), Tahoe Rim (Jasper Halekas), Resurrection Pass (Jeff Arndt), Wasatch (Kyle Skaggs), The Bear (Karl Meltzer). This is easily half of the 100 milers so far this year that I have actually seen results for. And this doesn't include women's records which seem to have been just as plentiful this year as the men's. Most impressive of these in my mind being Krissy Moehl's Hardrock record. Also, I'm sure there are many more that I missed but the point is that the general trend has been that more races than not that I have followed closely this year have ended with a new course record. Not sure if it's just a case of more and more people competing in these types of events or what but it sure seems like 2007 has been the fastest year ever for endurance racing.

1 comment:

mindful mule said...

It will be amazing to watch these Ultra competitions continue to evolve in the years to come. Just how fast and how far can humans go…