Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Day 3 in review :)

Dorette keeping the pace and watching the hydration
Did you see that Bear?, No Beth it was a squirrel
Coach D pacing his first Ultraman athlete
The Ultraman Ohana getting ready for a run
One focused woman !!!!
Hi All,  as promised a day 3 recap. Maybe I should tell you about the night before for starters. We gave Beth coke for the last thirty miles of the bike on day 2, as I'm sure most of you remember she had given up sugar and caffeine during her training leading up to Ultraman. Well as you might imagine, she was overstimulated well into the night. So not a lot of sleep leading into a 52.4 mile run. 

As we woke up in Princeton, we discovered we got a break, the temperature was only 53 f as compared to the balmy 70 something's we had woken up to the two previous days.  I could probably go into a mile by mile recap but here are the cliff notes, it warmed up nicely, the road turned to dirt/gravel along the way, as one competitor said "these hills are stupid"(lets, define stupid, a 10k 6% climb at mile 38 ), and then there was the 9% descent on tired wobbly legs into the finish. That about sums up the course,  there was water,gatorade, hammer gel no more hammer gel, pretzels, bread no more bread, and yes, Coke !!!! 

Coach D, and his wife Dorrette and I all took turns pacing Beth and being her domestique for the whole run. It worked out well, we're all still really good friends and Beth and I are still married. "what happens on the course stays on the course" :)

It goes without saying that we are all very impressed with Beth's mental and physical toughness!!!

......she is now a ULTRAMAN.


  1. Wow, yeah, I'll bet she had a few "possessed" moments out there. We all would. ((I yelled at my support crew once, insisting that my bike computer was right, and their car odometer was WRONG!))

  2. ((That was at another, much shorter race that allowed support crews... Not this thing.))