Saturday, December 31, 2011

FIretrails 50

The Dick Collins Firetrails 50 goes from the Lake Chabot Marina in the San Leandro Hills into Berkeley’s Tilden Park and back along the East Bay Skyline National Trail. The training provided some great memories. Here are some highlights.

I hiked one weekend in June, at Lopez Lake in San Luis Obispo County. Thanks Danny Plaza for joining me for a few hours on the trail.

In July, I returned to the Angeles Crest 100 to pace for Deno Dean. My previous longest duration run was pacing Allan Holtz at the 2010 Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run.

In August, I participated in the Bulldog 50k. This photo was taken by Coyote Running Crispin Lazarit as Kevin Chan ran the last mile with me.

I did not finish a race for the first time at the Orangeman Triathlon. I was unable to continue when my front wheel failed.

Coming into the Firetrails race in October, I ran a 10k to run a short, fast effort
I was eager to run the Dick Collins Firetrails in a region I called home for nearly a decade, from 1998 to 2007. The most difficult section of the course for me was a steep 1,500 foot descent into Tilden Park’s Lone Oak station.

In November, I closed out my season at Santa Monica Mountains 50k. It was a rainy and muddy run in coastal trails. where my friend Chris Price won yet another 50k race.

My next race is the Boney Mountain 21k on January 8th, 2012.