Escarpment Trail – DNS

July 30, 2017. Escarpment Trail Run. I was registered to run. DNS (Did Not Start). But no regrets. I sprained my left ankle last Saturday, July 22. It’s healing well, so far. Applying cold treatment and ankle brace daily. Doing regular walks for a week, hobbling at first and getting better each day. Hoping to become a-ok for the race. Undecided to do the race until the very last minute. My friend, Jun, and I still went to the North-South Lake Campground on Saturday, July 29, for an overnight stay. We hiked on Saturday, testing my foot if it can … Continue reading Escarpment Trail – DNS

Whiteface Sky Race

which is more difficult? the heart pounding and lung busting steep ascent? where you will stop. more than once. to catch your breath. or the toe killing and quad trashing slippery descent? where you will slide. more than once. and you have to make sure it’s butt first. July 9, 2017. Whiteface Sky Race. 15.2 miles. 8000 feet vertical gain. The course description from the event website accurately describes this race.   And it’s worth repeating that most of the ascent comes from the 2.3 mile climb to the summit in the Alpine loop. The climb itself was not technically challenging. … Continue reading Whiteface Sky Race

Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon

They say you must be partially, if not fully, insane to do this race.  And whatever sanity you have had before the race, the devil would have taken it when you traversed its path. By the time you have finished the 4 summits of the Devil’s Path, you would be totally numb and void of sanity to finish the last 10+ miles of the course. June 17, 2017.  Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon.  And from the event’s website, in all caps. “THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER ULTRA YOU’VE RUN BEFORE!“. Prologue.   This was the reason why I chose to defer … Continue reading Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon

Weekends of April 15 and April 22

2 Fridays of experimental and sleepless car camping – checked. 2 Saturdays of exhilarating mountain trail running hiking – checked. 2 Weekends of therapeutic bliss and inner peace – checked. Breakneck Point Marathon. The pessimist in me:  A marathon 1 hour slower than my 50k. Hyner View Challenge 50k. The optimist in me:  A 50k 1 hour faster than my marathon.   April 15 – Breakneck Point Marathon. Friday.  My first car camping experience.  Sleepless, but I still would have preferred this rather than waking up very early Saturday morning and driving ~2hrs to get to the event.  Dinner was … Continue reading Weekends of April 15 and April 22

NJTrail Series Wildcat Ridge 50K

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016.  Heat Index of 106 degrees. 50k in almost 8 hours.  In a day when the temp was over 90 degrees, with a heat index of over 100.  And the course was no joke either. A 10+ mile loop within the Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, the course is mixture of rocky towpath trails and blazed single track trails.  There’s a fully stocked aid station at the Start/Finish, and at the 4 and 9 mile mark (same station).  An unmanned water station was added at the 7mi mark because of the excessive heat condition. The 50k promptly … Continue reading NJTrail Series Wildcat Ridge 50K