Monday, August 06, 2007
Wilderness 107 Race Report
I traveled east to the Hilly Amish Country of Coburn Pennsylvania for the Wilderness 101. This race was the fifth stop on the National Ultra Endurance series and drew a big crowd. Due to the excessive hills and rocks my goal was to finish with enough energy to drink a beer before falling over. Mission accomplished.
The course started with a neutral roll out of the tiny mountain town and then started going up and up and up. The first 40 miles were a roller coaster of fire road and two track climbs through scenic eastern PA. After the 2nd aid station things started getting interesting. There was single track with roots snaking between rocks sharp as shark’s teeth. Those sharp rocks turned into big rocks the higher we climbed.
The only thing I remember after that was descents that smelled like burning disc brakes, climbing for what felt like hours and technical trail that made me feel like more of a sissy than anything ever before.
After 11:37 in the saddle, 1 scenic mountain view pop tart brake, 10,000 feet of climbing and one wrong turn adding six miles to the ride I was finished and beer has never tasted so good.
A special thanks to my wife for letting me leave town for the weekend, mother nature for making humbling trail and the crazy gas station attendant in state college for insisting on making me a breakfast sandwich without bacon and then giving it to me for free.