August 9, 2013

AC Crewing and Pacing (Take Two)

Simon, Larry and I. Chantry hand off.
Team Larry R did it again last weekend at the Angeles Crest 100 mile run. This time I paced Larry for the first leg, and Simon C paced him for the second. Larry made this his third AC finish, which is pretty impressive given this is one of the hardest 100 milers on the west coast. I picked Larry up at mile 50 (Chilao) and ran with him to mile 75 (Chantry). 100% of this leg was in the dark, which I didn't mind as we avoided the heat of the day. Like last year, Larry ran like a champ, passing 7 or 8 runners, pushing through cramps, quad deterioration and a very active bladder. He even got in the face of another runner who wanted to drop during the race. Word spread on trail that if you planned on dropping, you didn't do it around Larry! Get to the chapah!  

Earlier in the day I joined the motley "Ultra" Rob M crew to help Ultra Rob and watch the race unfold. Cracker was apparently loading up on liquid carbs to ensure he had what it took to pace Rob from Chantry to the finish. I think HD Joe and Paul were there to ensure Cracker didn't unfold. In the end Cracker performed like a true professional, topping the carbs off just at the right moment, and getting Rob M to the finish line in a respectable sub 27 hours.

Team "Ultra" Rob M
Ultra Rob M getting leg rub by Cracker


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

lobster , Cracker ..???? Who the hell comes up with these names ?Larry is an animal for sure . Are YOU ready for your 100 miler ?

Trail Plodder said...

Sounds like great pacing! I've sometimes wished we had pacers in Europe...

Will said...

Bean-nuts, where are chief and caveman? Are you running? What day are u on?

Peter said...

Great to meet you in person Will....loots like your training is going to pay off! feel free to contact me if you have any questions.