September 25th, 2009

by ultradevon

Long Road and Crossover Night Run

I did a night run with my friend Mike.  We had a good time until I bonked at the turnaround:)  I wasn’t taking my regular two GU and hour and was trying to ration and it didn’t work.  Live and learn though.  I know what I am NOT doing for Peacock 54 in 5.5 weeks.  For Peacock 54 I just want to come in uner 17 hours this time and that is all.   That is all.  Bless.

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 09/25/2009
  • Time: 18:30:00
  • Total Time: 8:34:00.00
  • Calories: 3476
  • Distance: 22 miles
  • Average Pace: 23:20.78/mile
  • Max Pace: 5:18.58/mile
  • Ascent: 8,120 ft
  • Descent: 8,068 ft

September 19th, 2009

by ultradevon

Tough as Granite Half-Marathon

Well since AC 100 was CANCELLED….I decided to do a half-marathon in Granite Bay, CA.  It was all Mountain Bike and Horse back trails.  It was fun I got some pics and placed third in my age group:)  Anyways AC 100 is on for next year on August 28, 2010.  And I am automatically entered!!!  I will start serious training sometime next March.  Back to blogging, too.

On the Trail

On the Trail

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 09/19/2009
  • Time: 08:00:00
  • Total Time: 2:52:00.00
  • Calories: 2548
  • Distance: 13.1 miles
  • Average Pace: 13:07.75/mile
  • Max Pace: 7:03.53/mile
  • Ascent: 2,179 ft
  • Descent: 2,213 ft

August 23rd, 2009

by ultradevon

Pupukea Washing Machine Loops 4x

I did some loops around pupukea today.  I started out going trail first, then I switched it up and did two reverse pupukea loops, then I ran 2.5 miles up and then 2.5 miles down.  Each loop is 5 miles.  Basically I did a butt load of climbing and descending because AC 100 is only 4 weeks away!!!!  However, I am ready for the challenge:)  Have a good night.

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 08/23/2009
  • Time: 10:00:00
  • Total Time: 4:55:00.00
  • Calories: 3661
  • Distance: 20 miles
  • Average Pace: 14:44.52/mile
  • Ascent: 8,628 ft
  • Descent: 8,716 ft

August 22nd, 2009

by ultradevon

Back to Blogging

Well since my last post I have ran a few hundred miles in training for AC 100.  There is four weeks left:)!!!!!!!  I had to take off a little time and spent two weeks in the hospital due to my illness.  I start school on monday, yes I am going back to college after 10 years.  Training is starting to affect my life so juggling everything is just plain hard.  I have realized how important life really is.  And how to prioritize my life.  FAMILY FIRST!!!  So life has turned everything around the way it should be.  I am going to go for now.  Talk sotry later.

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 08/22/2009
  • Time: 05:45:00
  • Total Time: 2:30:00.00
  • Calories: 1738
  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Average Pace: 15:00/mile
  • Max Pace: 3:17.8/mile
  • Ascent: 4,995 ft
  • Descent: 5,047 ft

July 4th, 2009

by ultradevon

Firecracker 10 Mile HURT Trail Series Event

Amy and I after the finish at Susans

Amy and I after the finish at Susans

Well it was a BLAST!!:)  The race was very hot but there was a breeze.  I ran pretty strong heading into it and on the way back my “vasectomy” started to hurt.  But it past after a minute and I trotted into the finish.  We then hadd a barbecue HURT style.  All in all the race was a success.  Up next for the series.  Maunawili out n back 22 mile, which I want to do twice:)  Bless.

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 07/04/2009
  • Time: 07:00:00
  • Total Time: 2:05:00.00
  • Calories: 1928
  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Average Pace: 12:30/mile
  • Max Pace: 8:49.41/mile
  • Ascent: 542 ft
  • Descent: 552 ft

July 2nd, 2009

by ultradevon

California Running Adventure Report

One Happy Finisher of Three Amazing Runs

One Happy Finisher of Three Amazing Runs

California

Running Adventure

 

 

 

 

 

I flew out of Honolulu at 2200 on June 4, 2009 after saying my goodbyes to my family.  I flew all night not sleeping at all and landed in San Francisco at 0700 on June 5.  My mom met me a the airport to give me a ride to her house in Salinas, CA so I could use her car.  We made our way to Palo Alto where the Zombies were meeting me early before the Zombie Runner store actually opened.  They had my paper bag full of goodies all ready ready.  We finally made it to Salinas at 1300.  I had 7 hours to drive down to Santa Barbara and pick up my race packet for the Blue Canyon Trail Race and also set up my tent and find m tent site.  It took me about 3.5  hours or so to drive down to Santa Barbara arriving at 1800 I thought I could use the spare time to find my tent site and set up my tent and then head into town and find this pre-race spaghetti dinner I heard about.  So I set up my tent and finally found the pre-race briefing.  I met a lot of nice people and ate some great pasta.  I got back to my campsite at Rancho Oso at 2200.  Getting to bed at 2300 was not the best time.  I slept for a little while and then awoke to a noise outside my tent at 0300.  I got out of the tent and went to the trunk of my car only to hear the pitter patter of footsteps behind me.  I turned around with my headlamp on and there were four raccoons eyeing me down like a piece of freshly scrapped garbage.  Then two more around the front of the car jumped on the hood and then the roof.  I closed the trunk and thought they might go away if I went to the bathroom.  I walked to the bathroom and they followed me.  Finally I went inside and I could hear the dumpster being rustled.

 

BCTR 50K (34 Miles) June 6th 2009

 

I got to the start at 0500 and saw the 100K runners head off into t he night.  I was kinda nervous and a bit cold.  This being my first ultra since my surgery and it having 10000 feet of gain and loss, I felt a bit intimidated.  But hell it is “only” 34 milesJ  After hanging out for awhile and talking to a few people I decided to get my stuff ready now that it was daylight.  I walked over to the car and got my things together then walked to the only bathroom and went.  Now I was ready.  We were told to follow the blue ribbons.  Now in Hawaii, blue means bad, but here I had to follow the blue.  The altitude wasn’t that much of a factor but the elevation certainly was.  I went out really fast and was passing all these runners walking.  They were like, “catch up to you laterJ  And they did…  Anyway, we made our way around camp through the piles and piles of horse manure and around and through the many poison oak bushes all along the trail.  We then began to climb, and climb, and climb, etc…we got to the “top” and the view was amazing.  I was taking lots of pictures.  The trail turned from fire road to singletrack at the first aid station, which like a few of them, was unmanned.  But, they had everything from GU to carbo Pro.  The water was in some kind of pump thing and I did not know how to work it so I did not get any water.  I knew, or thought, I would be fine until the next AS.  We then meandered our way rolling through the country side.  It was amazing I felt so alive.  I wanted to share it with so many people that is why I took so many picturesJ  We then had this major climb that just never seemed to end.  We had to bushwhack our way through quite a few sections and some sections the trail gave way on the side of a nasty cliff.  But other than that the views were amazing.  I could see Gibraltar reservoir in the distance and I thought we had to run to it, but it seemed so very far away and we were going away from it.  We got to the top of the climb and turned left down the fire road.  I was like awesome some thing runnable and it is downhill.  Also,  I was out of water.  In a few short minutes I was at the next AS.  There were two guys there and they had flannel jackets on, huh…  I quickly reloaded and headed down to the turnaround.  I had five miles of awesome downhill it was great.  But, when it is an out and back going down means you have to go back up.  And that is what I did.  After making it to the turn around there was confusion where the turnaround was.  I had my GPS on so I knew that this was the turnaround.  The AS captain also told me that it was the turnaround but runners were going two mile further where the drop bags were and turning around.  They said that it was written in GU, but there was no one there, except the drop bags were there.  Anyway, I turned around and headed back up the long 5 mile uphill.  The clouds began to roll in and it got cold.  I put my Moeben sleeves on and continued my climb.  Heading back the same way I came I ran as fast as I could, but my stomach was giving me problems.  I don’t remember names very well, but some one gave me a mint and that seemed to help.  I got back to were we first hit the singletrack and thought great we are almost there.  A little downhill and I am home.  WRONG!!!!!  I turned left, (following the blue ribbons) and headed up, and I mean UP the mountain.  I climbed for awhile and began to believe that I must have taken the wrong way.  But just then a 50 mile runner passed me by looking strong.  I finally got to the top and was completely out of water.  I crested a bump and saw a truck roof, the AS, it must be an AS,  and it was.  They were dressed in down jackets and we could see our breath.  I got some ginger ale and immediately headed down the last 3 miles of singletrack to the finish.  It was beautiful to come out of the woodline and see the finish.  I ran hard to the finish and let the guy who gave me the mint go ahead of me to the finish ( not wanting to be a jerk and sprint past him).  I finished in 10:03.

 

I hung out until the last 100K runners finished at about 2100, then I packed up my campsite, not wanting to battle the coons again, and headed back to Salinas.  I started the 4 hour drive and an hour into it I pulled over and took another hour to find a hotel with a room.  I found a rinky dink motel and asked the lady behind the glass for a room.  She said that she had one more room.  She then asked how much I had when I asked how much it was going to be.  I said I have $50.  She said make it $5 more and you can have it.  Being the sucker that I am I gave her the $55 and slept for 4 hours until 0500.  I then got up and started the rest of my drive.  I stopped at Dennys and got something to eat.  The rest of my drive was uneventful.

 

I got to my moms and spent the week recuperating and thinking about my next race.  I actually fell asleep while stretchingJ  I headed out on Friday June 12th toward Los Angeles.  It was a 6 hour drive to LA.  I made it into LA and stayed with my friend at his house so I would not have to camp in the freezing cold of Big Bear Lake.  He took me all over LA and I also went to Phidepeddes, the oldest running store somewhereJ  I left his house on Saturday and headed to a hotel at the base of the mountain.  I was an hour from Serrano Campground, where the start of the race was.  I ot to sleep at 2300 and got up 0400.  I headed up the mountain at 0430. 

 

 

Holcomb Valley Trail Run 33 Miler June 14th 2009

 

This race has only 7000′ of elevation but it all above 7000′ in altitude.  I got to the start at about 0600.  The race started at 0700.  I got my adventure pass( something you need to park within the park) and my shirt and got the hell back in my car.  It was freaking like 30 degrees.  The race had a staggered start and I was in the second wave that started at 0702.  After a quick briefing and after the  first wave my wave started.  I started out pretty well, but my toes were numb and I ended up falling on my face in the first 2 miles.  The race continued to roll all around the mountain with great view of Big Bear Lake and snow capped mountains in the background.  The highlight of my tip was running on the Pacific Crest Trail.  This was a dream of mine.  Here I was all over the PCT.  I took my time running and taking pictures and trying to drink up the beauty surrounding me.  I even met the lady who invented the Moeben sleeves, which I was wearing.  The AS were awesome but very minimal with some awesome homemade Chocolate Chip cookies.  At the only AS with a cutoff I was 45 minutes ahead so I took my time going up the final major climb which was long and brutal.  It was so hard to breathe.  I was sucking wind.  This was the most runnable and easiest if it hadn’t been for the altitude.  Anyway, I cruised into the finish at 8:45 and got my finishers award.  It was a great way to spend the day.  I couldn’t stick around though.  I had to drive 3 hours to the LA airport to pick up my friend who are in a reggae band from Kauai and are touring Southern California.

 

So it takes me 3 hours to get to the airport.  I have not showered and I really stink.  I hang out until they get there at 2100 and we head to San Diego.  We get to the hotel to check in at 0100.  I am freaking exhausted.  We cruise the next day and end up hanging out at the health food store then off the rehearsal for the show that night.  We had a great time cruising.  The show went great they opened for MIDNITE at the World Beat Center,.  I spent the night selling CDs and listening to some great riddims.  We got out of there at 0200 and went back to the hotel.  Getting to sleep at 0500 and then getting up at 1100 to check out. 

 

We checked out of the hotel and packed up three cars full of rastas and band equipment and drove to Santa Barbara.  On the way we stopped in Little Ethiopia in LA to get some food.  That was pretty irie.  We got to Santa Barbara with about 30 minutes to spare.  I spent that night selling more CDs and hanging out.  We got done at 0100 and hung out until 0200.  I then drove back down to LA airport and dropped off Kaya and Nadia (friends from Kauai) and then headed down to San Diego to drop off my friend at his house.  After hours upon hours of driving I made the final jaunt back to my friends in LA.  I hung out at his house until Friday June 19th then made my way to Wrightwood California to camp with my mom and step-dad.  I drove the 2 hours there and made it to the campsite without falling asleep or driving off the mountain, YAY!!!!:) I set my tent up and crashed for a good 4 hours.  My mom and Sam got there and we set up camp.  There were bear boxes, bear boxes are needed for this area.  OMGJ 

 

It was fun camping and hanging out but I came here on a mission and my last challenge was tomorrow.  I went to bed at 2200 and got a good nights rest…..FINALLYJ

 

 

Angeles Crest 100 Night Training Run June 20th 2009

 

I left camp at 1200 thinking I would have enough time to hang out and do some work on the internet.  WORNG TURN and five hours later I was an hour early at the meeting place and finish for the AC 100.  The drive should have only taken me an hour.  Anyway I got there and got ready.  We then headed to the finish of the run about 1 mile away.  We carpooled up to Chantry Flats mile 75 of the AC 100.  We had the final 26 miles of the AC 100  course ahead of us and darkness coming on.  I rode with Hal Winton, CO-Race Director.  Not knowing it at the time but we also got cutoff by my mom and sam heading down form Chantry Flats looking for me.  Funny but terrifying experience when on the side of a mountain.

 

The start was like “there is water stashed up there if you find it good if you don’t take from the streamsJ” now go!!!  The front runners marked the course as we went.  They did an outstanding job too.  The climbs were pretty easy but there were a lot of them.  I think I got this race in the bag as long as my knee can hold up.  But on this run it took until mile 14 then my knee started to hurt.  I ran/walked the downhills and walked the ups for the next four miles.  Then I decided F**k it I am not going to kill myself for nothing so I walked the last 8 miles to the finish.  All I kept thinking was that bears and mountain lions can sense when some one is injured….So I just kept moving.  I was last since some people stopped at mile 14 (where there was an AS on this supposed self-contained run which I was wearing a 10 pound pack on, but enough of thatJ).  So I was last and my knee hurt pretty bad, but there was no where to stop and turn around so I just kept pressing on.  I got about 3 miles from the finish and my flashlight went dead.  So I am on the sided of this cliff and I am alone in the dark in unfamiliar territory and I hear a growling sound, I quickly change batteries and move on, not wanting to see where the sound is coming from.  It is about 0400 now and I hear voices and no it is not the “regular” voices I hear but regular voices.  I then see lights.  I move a little faster and it appears that 2 guys are waiting for me to finish.   YEAH!!!!!  I finish in 9:30 at 0430 in the morning on June 21st 2009.  My first experience on the AC 100 course and I was within cutoff for that section with  a hurt knee.  Nothing to be too proud of, but I finished it.  My California Running Advnenture is over.  I walk over to Hal Winton who is asleep in his truck and wave to him to let him know that I came out alive.  He nods and says, “See you in SeptemberJ

 

I then drive around for about 2 hours looking for a place to sleep because I think it is too dangerous to drive up the mountain at this time of the morning.  But, there is no place so instead I make the drive up the mountain and make it to the campsite at 0800 I crash until 1200 then pack up and head back with my mom and sam ahead of me. It takes us about 4.5 hours to drive back to Salinas.

 

I spend the next day packing up and cleaning my stuff.  I get on a plane on June 23 at 0700 and fly to Salt Lake City then to Honolulu. 

 

On Thursday June 25 I had my vasectomy and have been taking off the last week recuperating from the operation.  My knee feels better.  I believe I am about ready for AC 100 and am up for the challenge.  I would like to thank my family for their support, my coach Karl for the training schedules, and HURT for there support as well.  Up next Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run September 19-20 2009J  Jah Bless.

June 14th, 2009

by ultradevon

Holcomb Valley 33 Miler

On the way to the finish

On the way to the finish

me at mile 29
me at mile 29

It started at 0700 and it was 30 degrees or so.  Warming up to about 70 degrees by the end.  The whole course is above 7000′ in altitude and it was lung busting for me but it felt great knowing that only parts of the AC100 will be this high.  The views were amazing and running on the PCT was absolutley phenomenal.  The race is held around Big Bear Lake, CA. 

Big Bear Lake from on the course

Big Bear Lake from on the courseI met alot of cool people. It was definitley a race I will never forget. This is the course marking:)

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 06/14/2009
  • Time: 07:00:00
  • Total Time: 8:45:00.00
  • Calories: 5473
  • Distance: 33 miles
  • Average Pace: 15:54.91/mile
  • Max Pace: 7:08.57/mile
  • Ascent: 6,747 ft
  • Descent: 6,753 ft

June 7th, 2009

by ultradevon

Blue Canyon Trail Race 50K Race Report

Blue Canyon Trail Race 50K 6/6/09 Santa Barbara, CA

PART ONE OF ULTRADEVONS CALIFORNIA RUNNING ADVENTURE

Well I flew in from Hawaii at 2250 on Thursday and arrived in San Francisco, CA on Friday morning at 0700. I got about 10 minutes of sleep on the plane. My mom picked me up at the airport and we headed to Palo Alto to go see Zombie G at ZombieRunner. The zombies let me pick my stuff up before they opened. Give Thanks. We then proceeded to drive to Salinas to get together all my camping stuff and so I could head out to Rancho Oso (Santa Barbara) where the start/finish was. I left at 1330 from Salinas to make the 183 mile drive down. It took about 4 hours to get in the area and another hour to find Rancho Oso. I got to the campground to check in and set my tent up at 1830. I then headed to packet pick up. I got there picked up my packet met some great people and ate some pasta. I was wired from energy drinks that I drank to stay awake while driving 70 mph on 101. I got back to camp at around 2200 and crashed at 2300 waking up at 0300 to scratching at my tent. I got out of the tent and saw about 8 racoons clamoring and fighting with each other around my car. I went to get a shower and as I was getting my stuff out of the trunk I heard a noise and I looked with my head lamp to see 4 racoons ganging up on me they followed me to the bathroom and then left. I drove the 5 minutes to the start and talked for awhile, seeing the 100K runners start at 0500.

The start was cold everyone had jackets on but me. Was I missing something? Luckily I had my Moeben sleeves in my back pocket, they would come in handy later. The start was all single track we climbed and climbed. There was one section that was really over grown. I just barreled through the poison sumac, BTW I bought tecnu but didn’t use it until now:) We got to the top of the major first climb to mile 10 and then headed down to the Gibraltar Reservoir where the 50 K turnaround was. That 5 miles was all downhill and that is when my stomach said that it didn’t want to run anymore. I think it was lack of sleep and nerves. From 15 on I just drank water and electrolyte pills, a fastpack of shot bloks, a banana, some mints, and I kept getting stomach pains. My kidneys were hurting but I was peeing and it was only while climbing. I dunno. The views were spectacular. When we got to about mile 28 and we came off the single track I thought we would be going right back down to the finish. NOPE!! We went tleft and UP the freakin’ mountain to the top at about 3000′ were there was two awesome volunteers who were braving the cold, I could actually see my breath. Luckily I had my moeben sleeves, they kept me warm enough. I drank some ginger ale then I headed down the best part of the course, the FINAL 3.5 miles of downhill singletrack. SWEET!!!!

I finished in 10:02 and took about 50 pictures. Up next Holcomb Valley 33 Miler in Big Bear, CA June 14th. Give Thanks to the Race Directorate and volunteers. Also, my family in Hawaii for allowing me to come for my California Running Adventure. I would also like to thank my mom and step-dad for supporting me with the goods and financially without all the support it wouldn’t have been possible.

June 6th, 2009

by ultradevon

Blue Canyon Trail Race 50K

one happy FINISHER!!!

one happy FINISHER!!!

starting the 3.5 mile downhill to the finish

starting the 3.5 mile downhill to the finish

looking back down from near the top of the final climb

looking back down from near the top of the final climb

Brutally tough!! But oh so much fun. We climbed and climbed and climbed. I remember on the last real climb up to 3000 ft I thought I was lost and then a 50 mile guy passed me by and I said thanks I htough I was lost and he said on this course when in doubt go UP:) Which seemed to be the case. The views were amazing, the people spectacular and the aid stations were packed with goodies and great volunteers. My only complaint was that my drop bag wasn’t at the turnaround but I survived. I took about 50 photos. I met lots of cool people. Plus I got some great training for AC 100. Thanks everyone who hepled me along the way. Up next, Holcomb Valley 33 Miler June 14th.

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 06/06/2009
  • Time: 07:00:00
  • Total Time: 10:02:00.00
  • Calories: 5518
  • Distance: 34 miles
  • Average Pace: 17:41.95/mile
  • Max Pace: 7:03.53/mile
  • Ascent: 9,957 ft
  • Descent: 9,880 ft

June 3rd, 2009

by ultradevon

Run with Tina

Tina and I ran and talked all about the California trip.  It was fun and it helped me out a lot.  Thanks Tina:)  ANyway the countdown begins I will be leaving tonight at about 2200 so I will talk to you from California next time.  Bless.

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 06/03/2009
  • Time: 19:00:00
  • Total Time: 1:10:00.00
  • Calories: 1038
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Average Pace: 11:40.39/mile
  • Max Pace: 6:49.09/mile
  • Ascent: 861 ft
  • Descent: 861 ft