|100K Elevation Profile|
My goal is to finish in under 15 hours so that I can use it as a qualifying run for the Western States 100. This works out to a little faster than a 15 min./mile pace so as long as I can keep moving all day, I should be fine. So far the weather report looks favorable with clear skies and highs of 77F down in Bishop so not too bad and it will even be cooler up at elevation at if this report holds true.
As far as drop bag locations and nutrition for the run, I will use a similar plan to what I had last year with the addition of salt tabs. Last year I believe I was experiencing hydration problems and cramping because it was fairly warm the entire day and I was not taking in any extra salt besides the few elctrolytes I was getting at the aid stations which apparently isn't enough. I will have drop bags at the Buttermilk Road, Edison Loop, and Tungsten Hills aid station which I pass 2 times each. This would space out my drops at 11, 17, 23, 35, 41 and 48 miles which is manageable. I will need about 300 calories per hour and I will have that amount in both Perpetuem Tablets and GU gel packs and bananas. That way if one thing isn't working for me then hopefully something else will.
This year I will be wearing gaiters from Dirty Girl Gaiters to keep the sand out of my shoes which was killing me last year. I really was just being a big baby and stopping every few miles to empty my shoes so at least I won't have that excuse this year. Running 62 miles through the mountains is enough to ask without having to do it with sand and rocks in my shoes that will be nice I guess. Interesting name they chose for their company, Dirty Girl, but they really work and are some of the best gaiters out there.
Above is my track from last year. This year I will be going 12 miles further. It is essentially the same route but when we get back to the junction that is close to the Millpond we will be taking a left up and over the Tungsten Hills. At that point it is 3 miles up, 3 miles down the other side followed by a U-turn up and over again to the finish. I am almost sure to be completing that portion in the dark and will be using a headlamp to guide me. If I am lucky I will be close enough to another runner and we will be able to run together, but I am not counting on that.
100 K Distance Chart
|MILEAGE||NEXT AID||ELEVATION||CUT OFF||DROP BAGS|
|TUNGSTEN CITY #1||1.51||4.24||4738|
|BISHOP CREEK LODGE||29.00||2.94||8374|
|TUNGSTEN CITY #2||48.45||3.65||4774||9.00PM||YES (100K)|
|TUNGSTEN CITY #2||60.35||1.66||4770|