MdS 2009: Stage 2 (36k)

Stage 2 went well for me, the Dreamchasers, & Meghan. My effort was slightly reduced today – by necessity & […]

By on April 1, 2009 | 5 comments

Stage 2 went well for me, the Dreamchasers, & Meghan. My effort was slightly reduced today – by necessity & design. I started without any major complaint & finished the same way. However, I felt I went right at threshold yesterday & have the long stage tomorrow. Still cool, but slightly hotter & windy.

Today’s stage was slightly longer at 22-23 miles. I ran 3:35 to place 28th – an improvement over 35th yesterday. The first 15k included many dunette. From CP1, we had many flat miles & some slight hills, where I held ground. CP2 was followed by 7-8k of straight flat – my weakness, but I maintained effort at 170 bpm & caught a few. We closed the day with a small dunes section were I may up more ground.

Dreamchasers dropped to 3d team – just 2 minutes back of Euro team. Wardian = 5 & Ted = 20.

Meghan was 3d overall woman today & is 2d total.

Looking forward to the long day & hopefully more hills & dunes. I have become one with the sand.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.