Thursday, August 30, 2007

I Made It


well i've arrived. what seemed so far away earlier this season is finally just two days away. yesterday morning i started my drive from seattle to alta, wy.. home of my first 100 mile ultramarathon race course at grand targhee ski resort. i took my time, taking naps when i got tired and simply marveling in the scenery of idaho and montana - so beautiful.

today i met up with race director and fellow montrail-nathan teammate lisa smith-batchen and colleen wood from her crew. nuun is supplying some pretty cool prizes - the male and female winners of the 100 mile race get nuun free for a year! that is sweet. nuun will also be available on the course in your standard 5 gallon jugs so you can refill on the go.

the terrain here is amazing. i ran the first section of the course today, 5.6 miles. it's a 2.8 mile and 1,840 foot ascent to the top of freds mtn at 10,000 feet... then back down the same dirt road to start/finish area. i could feel the altitude while i was running/hiking (it's steep!), but i feel pretty good. pacing jamie proved my knees are feeling good, but my sports hernia is not. it didn't hurt on the short run today but kind of did after. we'll see - part of this is in my mind i'm sure. every big race (for me) i do i go into with certain doubts and concerns - this one is no different.

oh yeah you can follow the race live here!! we start saturday morning at 6am!

13 comments:

olga said...

see you tomorrow, man!

Hart said...

yes you will! so you are still coming?! awesome.

Bruce Grant said...

Race hard, enjoy it and stay healthy Matt. Enjoy bustin' it in your first 100! You'll do great, I look forward to hearing about your finish.

Anonymous said...

Go get 'em Matt! Have a great run.

Brad

olga said...

Coming to hang out and crew - let me know of anything (although I know you got crew, so I'll just keep screaming at ya). Hip hurts, bummer! Jealous!

saschasdad said...

Kick some butt out there, and enjoy the adventure, Matt. You're ready to rip!

Sean

johno said...

good luck matt! stick around for the bluegrass festival if you can. it's always a great time.

bill h. said...

Giv'em hell tomorrow Matt. I'll be cheering from the laptop! bill h.

Rod Bien said...

Right on, man. Glad you made it out! Have fun, run smart. Looking forward to following you on Saturday!
Rod B.

WynnMan said...

Have fun and run yer guts out!. You'll do great!

Anonymous said...

Race hard phatsmart! We'll be thinking of you, and we'll see you soon back in Seattle.

-Reno

Anonymous said...

Good luck Matt! Looking forward to the post race report. -D Mc

Mark said...

Well done! What an achievement. I ended up stumbling across your blog from Matt Crowther's. After reading this post, I ran to work today, luckily I don't think I'll ever get to the point of being crazy enough to do anything ultra. ;)