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Skyline 50K

Posted by JoshuaHickey on Aug 8, 2011 3:35:56 PM

On August 7, 2011 at Lake Chabot, Castro Valley, CA I completed the Skyline 50 K.  My goal for this race was sub 5 and I nailed it at 4:56 which is an average 9:37 min mile for 31 miles.  The course has a total elevation gain of 4,750 ft and this was my experience.

 

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  • Mile 1 - 3 - The trail contours just above Lake Chabot & the pace starts fast to burn off adrenaline & get toward the front of the herd (7:22, 7:35, 8:27). 
  • Mile 4 - The first climb is presented and the trail will gain the ridge with some false tops which let me catch my breath & sustain a good uphill pace (10:10) 
  • Mile 5 - 6 - The trail passes through Grass Valley and Bort Meadow & I settle into a more realistic ultra race pace (8:03, 8:29).
  • Mile 7 - 8 - The climb to Big Bear and Skyline goes through Redwood Park (10:09, 9:01).  At this point of the race I am alone and completely in tune with nature as the oak and redwood trees that have soaked up the costal fog are shaken from the wind causing it to rain dew on me.
  • Mile 9 - The single track downhill feels like skiing through the trees and I hit my max speed of a 5 min mile pace just loosing myself playing in the woods (7:40)
  • Mile 10 - 14 - I'm feeling really good on the early climbs (9:22, 11:53, 9:14, 9:45, 9:23)
  • Mile 15 - I get to really play again navigating single track on the downhill (8:50)
  • Mile 16 - 19 - I feel totally lost in the woods as the single track course traverses through rollers (11:39, 10:51, 10:09, 10:13, 10:42)
  • MIle 21 - This HIll is the big one (14:16)
  • Mile 22 - 25 - I follow another experienced runner who looked the part w his shirt of and 5 finger shoes as I pick up my pace really racing through the single track and mimicking his form (8:14, 8:31, 8:08, 8:52)
  • MIle 26 - 28 - Finishing off the remaining rollers (10:30, 12:01: 10:06)
  • Mile 28 - 31 - The course contours just above the lake and seeing the lake I know this is my home stretch (9:22, 10:00, 9:14).
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