- The Bishop High Sierra 100k is run outside of Bishop, CA in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable!
- 104 crazies joined me at the starting line for the 100k, approximately 200 more were there running any number of other distances (20m, 50k, 50m) offered up that day.
- The day was warm with highs in the mid to upper 80's and a good breeze ensured that the exposed nature of the Eastern Sierra's would be a factor for the day.
- The 100k course began with a 20 mile uphill slog to the Edison Lookout at 9400 feet. From there the course bounces along around 8000 feet before dropping back down to Bishop around mile 50. The last 12 miles are an impressively challenging "up and over" of one last hill, that at least left me wondering why I didn't just opt for the 50 mile option and avoid this last kick in the teeth.
- The total course included over 9800 feet in climbing, lots of sandy roads, and vistas that stopped me dead in my tracks.
- 13 hours and 32 minutes after starting this crazy adventure, I crossed the line and had another race distance to check off the list.
- Of the 104 who were signed up for the 100k only 74 finished. Must have been a hard day for lots of folks.
- Well under the 15 hour cut off for the Western States Lottery, I get to sign up in for that option again and see if next year is my lucky year.
Five days after the event, I am still a bit numb to greater reflection. I am tired, my toe hurts, and I am busy with the other elements of my life. What I do know is that I am happy I did this event and incredibly proud of the accomplishments. I know the miles taught me a great deal and also now realize those lessons will unfold over time. As a true sign of endurance, I will have to be patient for all of this to soak in.
One foot in front of the next, repeat!