Thursday, December 19, 2013

Desert Solstice: AR and WR!!!

Mile three of 100…”I’m actually here. I’m at the Desert Solstice taking a swing at the North American 100 mile record.” I remember this thought passing through my mind during the early stages of the race. Everything seemed somewhat surreal after my shaky start to 2013: a last-minute race change to the Ice Age 50 Mile in the spring left me just outside of qualifying for Western States 100, and my summer ended with a DQ at mile 93 of the Burning River 100 after missing an aid station. This all left me wondering where I should go with the remainder of 2013. I knew I would be returning to the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile, but I had completely intended on calling it a year if Tussey went badly. Fortunately, a second place finish at Tussey left me feeling confident, and a quick recovery left me wanting more. A last-minute sign-up for the Chicago Lakefront 50 Mile put me on the start line of the pancake flat, four-out-and-back-style, paved course less than two weeks later. Exceeding my own expectations with a 5 hr, 12 min, 36 sec performance at the Lakefront 50 Mile rekindled my early 2013 aspirations of a 100 mile track race in Phoenix. Still not entirely sure if this was a wise move, I hesitated for a week. Ironically, Nick Coury of Aravaipa Running contacted me, offering me a spot at the Desert Solstice Track Meet. This was enough convincing for me.





Race Fuel


Pre-race:
  • Vespa Ultra Concentrate (1)
  • Vespa Junior (1)
  • Cup of coffee
  • ½ can of coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp of almond butter
  • NOW Foods: Fruit and Greens PhytoFoods Powder and Spirulina Powder
  • Xendurance: 4 capsules

Race:
  • Vespa Ultra Concentrate (4)
  • Vespa Junior (4)
  • Banana chips
  • Potato chips
  • Mountain Dew
  • Gatorade
  • M&M’s

Race Gear:
  • Drymax Trail Running mini crew socks
  • Skora Base
  • Fuelbelt Slice and Sprint
  • Julbo Pipeline with Dust lenses
  • X-1 ipod shuffle headset


Additional Media Coverage




Talk Ultra Interview: Podcast, itunes

Paleo Runner Interview: Podcast, itunes




Race Photos

Courtesy of Michael Miller Photography and Aravaipa Running































6 comments:

  1. so fantastic! great job... very inspiring!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Nikki! It was certainly an exciting day.

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  2. AWESOME report of the race, Zach!!!!! I read it while I listened to your podcast

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    1. Thanks Beth! Ahh the joys of multi-tasking :)

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  3. Zach you are truly an inspiration and an incredible athlete; making Wisconsin proud!!! I think the haircut reduced your wind resistance. You are incredible. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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    1. Thanks for the kind message! Speed cut :)

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