Golden Gate Dirty Thirty
Black Hawk, CO
I had heard a lot about the Dirty Thirty since moving to Colorado. Friends tossed around words like challenging course, relentless uphills, beautiful scenery, tough. I had to find out for myself if the race lived up to it's reputation and, thankfully, it didn't disappoint. The way they get this thing off the ground is humbling. 300 runners start the 50K and they all squeeze into less than 100 parking spaces. Runners are requested to carpool to the event. But wait a minute.. 300 runners for a 50K! I marveled at the size of the field at the starting line. I looked at Jeff Friedman and said, "Jesus, this is the new marathon now-a-days huh?" It sure is..
The Vermont 100 is inching ever closer. This race was to play itself out as a tough long run where I accumulated some time on my feet. But I needed more. How do I truly train for 100 miles? I want to be prepared for the last 30 miles of a 100 mile race. How do I do that. I stayed up far too late the night before the run, and drank. I then only got one hour of very broken sleep. Which means that when my carpool crew showed up at 4:30am, I was still a bit drunk and incredibly sleep deprived. Perfect... let's race!