|9200 ft of climb|
This was on my bucket list since I started running and never in a million years did I think that I would ever make the startline never mind finish. It was definitely the hardest thing that I have ever done.
|Mill Valley to Stinson Beach|
For the Quad Dipsea you run the Dipsea trail twice the normal way and twice in reverse for a total of 28.4 miles.
I was lucky enough in 2004 to run the annual handicap race and at that time I was running 45 min 10K's and
My strategy today was to hike the uphill and run the downhill with a plan for 1:30, 1:40, 1:50 and 2hrs splits. There were 2hr, 4hr, 6:15hr and 8:30hr hard cut offs on the run.
300 were signed up and 271 started. There was an attrition rate of 10% with only 90% finishing which was normal enough for this race.
We started at 9am and within 100 yards we hit the 687 steps for the
|Weather was not good|
|best part of the trail|
From Cardiac we ran on a nice bit of trail along a section called the hogs back before entering the tree line at the rain forest. This was wet and muddy and at times very steep down. There were trip hazards everywhere. This led quickly to Steep Ravine which had numerous carved steep steps which were slippy and dangerous. After safely navigating these the trail opened out with one last steep uphill section for 400m called insult before a quick desecent down to the turn around point at Stinson beach and the second aid station. I came in on the first leg at 1:41 some 11 minutes down on plan but still 19 minutes ahead of the cut off.
The return leg was tough with Steep Ravine steps in reverse and the climb back to Cardiac being long and
|John and I just finished|
I received my MCI 75 medal from John Catts the RD and am looking
|75 MCI medal|
Amazingly my Garmin lasted the whole day but seemed to measure the course quite a bit short which it wasn't. In fact there seems to be a lot wrong with the Garmin stats but its a record.
Video of 1/4 of the race and no short cuts allowed. Reverse and then do it again