I was still in my sling (5 weeks total) when TRT 100 occurred, so this one was easily ruled out. After 6 weeks of inactivity, apart from a few hikes in France, walking the original Marathon in Greece and some work at the gym, I resumed training pretty intensively with a 124-mile week including some trail and hills. I met my orthopedist on Wednesday and, while he wasn't completely against the idea of exercising and running, he said "but you can't fall!" I had only 3 falls and no running injury for 29,800 miles and 14 years of serious running, but running for 2 days on the TRT would have just increased the chance of a second fall so, with much regret and the feeling of passing on a lifetime opportunity, I decided it wasn't worth it and that my presence could actually jeopardize Gary's project which wasn't an option given the years of preparation he put into this project.
So, after considering a group of 7 runners at the beginning of the year, only 4 will start at 5:30 am this Monday morning. Gary, local Victor Ballesteros, Adam Hewey of Washington State and Ben Lewis from Colorado. Since you are now done watching the Olympics, you can "watch" then on the live webcast: http://www.ultralive.net/trt165/webcast.php courtesy of Ted Knudsen! Again, that's this Monday with updates every 3 or 4 hours when Janet's van see them at one of the aid stations (there are about 40 people helping out up there, crewing and/or pacing, including Agnès). And Gary is definitely ready on all marks: an amazingly thought out logistics down to the minute, great community support, and also physically and mentally. Wishing him and the gang all the best! Here is Gary at Way Too Cool in 2011 (photo credit Agnès Pommier):
the link to the donation page, and please make sure to add "TRT SPEED RECORD" before you complete the transaction in the Comments box so the Foundation can track it back to Gary's initiative.
In the meantime... I couldn't stand still and decided to enter the fast and mostly groomed Skyline 50K. That was my 6th edition (2007-2012) and a good opportunity to put some hill work while paying attention to not... falling again. Mission accomplished for the latter and definitely a good training run, but I ended up quite disappointed with my finish time, not even breaking 4 hours. It is actually my second time over 4 hours: in 2008, I did something stupid... I had a minor muscle issue in my quads after training on the UTMB course with Scott Jurek and Team Lafuma, and used a non-elastic bandage tape which strangled my entire muscle, making me limping not only during the race but for several days (and ending up in a 4:14). This year, I believe the shoulder fracture might make be eligible to use that as an excuse: while it was good for 5th place overall and 2nd masters thanks to a dispersed field, I finished in 4:07, far behind Leor Pantilat's amazing course record (3:32:05), improving by a 32 seconds the best time legendary Tom Johnson set 15 years ago (credit and thanks to Stan Jensen for maintaining so many useful archives on run100s.com). For his first appearance at this race, Leigh Schmitt from Tamalpa took second and first Master in 3:42 (photo credit: Noe Castanon) and Tera Dube won the women division in 4:36.