Wednesday, August 19, 2009


(Heading up Hagerman Pass into an impending storm, for the final time this summer. Photo: Rob O'dea Photography)

This morning, on the heavily traveled Boulder Creek Path, a person called out to me, "Dude, you need to eat more!" I was mostly happy to get a more creative comment than the typical "Run Forrest, Run!" (my head and facial hair choices don't help much), but I'll also take it as an indelible signifier of peak fitness.

I've made it unscathed. I'm prepared; all that is left to do is rest. The last ten weeks of training have been remarkably consistent and (historically uncharacteristically) reasonable in their volume, starting with the second week of June: 106 miles (first week really back after two months of very little running due to knee issues), 154, 150, 156, 151, 183, 113 (White River 50 taper), 155, 180, 142 (half taper week). This comes out to 22-28 hours per week of running all above 10,000' and with a heavy emphasis on vertical gain. Because running up and down mountains is what I prefer.

I have done runs of 40 miles or more five times this summer, including the final 50 miles of the Leadville 100 course in 6:58 ten days ago. Two years ago I did that exact training run two weeks out from Leadville in 7:26 and ran 16:14 during the race. I am excited to see what Saturday reveals.

(A much snowier Grays and Torreys than what I experienced.)

Last Thursday I finally made it down to Grays (14,270') and Torreys (14,267') for a go on those peaks. I was in a hurry and thus didn't have time for any sort of warm-up from the Bakerville parking lot (the road climbs steeply right from the start), and consequently ended up putting in a quite casual effort to the summit of Grays in 1:28:27.

Jeff V informed me over the weekend that that is a Fastest Known Time for an ascent from Bakerville, so I thought I would mention it mostly to just get the splits and time in a public venue for record-keeping purposes. I am pretty confident that right now I am in shape to go probably two minutes faster to the trailhead and another two or three minutes faster from the trailhead to the summit if I put forth a focused effort, so if I don't get the time to get back up there this fall with fresh legs someone else should certainly go improve upon this roughly 4500' climb.

Splits: Trailhead Bridge/Kiosk, 32:20;
Big Sign after the long flattish section, 50:40 (this first 50min of the run I was never pressing);
Big Rock Cairn before right turn onto long rocky traverse, 1:01:35;
Trail split for Grays or Torreys, 1:11:40;
Grays Summit, 1:28:27 (for a 56:07 from the trailhead; I believe Jeff has hit this fresh in 54:38).

Of course, I did the extra 500' of vertical descent and ascent for the obligatory summit of Torreys Peak as well.


Connor Curley said...

Good for you. Run your best.

Brandon Fuller said...

No gel failures this time on Hope Pass. Hope you do get some rest. You seemed guilty when I asked you if you ran the day before the Leadville Marathon. Been awaiting your big 100 comeback since you got postponed out of WS100 last year. Break that course record and I will buy you dinner when you get down here. That should help with that weight problem -- at least for a day. Run, Tony, Run.

Justin Mock said...

Good luck! Forget about Lance, this is your town.

Charlie said...

All the best for a great race. It sound like you are going to kill it.

Tucker Goodrich said...

Good luck!

Coolrunnings said...

Here's my advice. Run the first 50 fast, turn around, repeat. Be careful of Matt's ghost, but don't let it spook you!

trudginalong said...

Run strong Tony. It's exciting to have so many local boys at the front of such a big race. Get em, Matt C's record has stood for too long.

Raramuri said...

Hi Tony,

thanks for your inspiring blog and all the best for your run from Germany!

Raramuri alias Michael

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Tony. I saw you running up Gregory canyon last Tuesday, you looked like you were floating up the trail, so smooth.
I ran Grays in ~1:30 two years ago and then ran 2:35 on Pikes, so I think Carpenter could probably run ~1:15 on Grays.

Stuart Swineford said...

Psyched to see what you can do this weekend. Sounds like you are ready to rock it! Tear that course up, Tony!


PunkRockRunner said...

I would wish you luck but luck is for the ill prepared.

I can offer you this. When you have trained correctly, stayed healthy (read injury-free) and made it to the starting line others will be hard pressed to better your performance under any conditions.

It's been a pleasure reading of your adventures and my thoughts will be with you as head out my door to run this weekend.

Enjoy the day.


Rob O. said...

Anton, I will be photographing the run this weekend and wanted to wish you luck. I captured an awesome shot of you training above Turquoise Lake last Saturday before the bike guys came through. Photos will be posted at

Good luck out there!!!!

Frank Bott said...

Like many, I will be thinking about you during the run.

Relax, enjoy and have fun and the end result will be great!! Good Luck!!

Bryon Powell said...

Folks who follow Anton's running might enjoy the following interview with Anton in the days leading up to the 2009 Leadville 100: .

aka Moogy said...

Good luck dude!

Unknown said...

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Joe said...

Don't let the reroute slow you down!

ultrarunner (Brian Philpot) said...

Good luck!!! you will get #1.

Unknown said...

Haha, "Run, Forrest, run!" Try living and running in Savannah. My XC team gets that everyday from bus loads of tourists, and their tour guides like to make it even more annoying by blasting things like, "Hurry up! You're going too slow!" over their loudspeakers while pacing us. There is also a trumpeter on River Street who plays the Rocky theme any time we pass. Have fun tomorrow!

Collin said...

You got this. I'm looking forward to seeing Matt's record fall.

Peanutt said...

Wishing you a strong finish today, showed up at twin lakes to cheer on a friend and heard you had passed through outbound at about 9:15! Best of luck

Art said...

Looks like you DNF'd going for it. Congrats on the cajones to try and nab the record.

The Parakeet of Protection said...

"...And he dragged his weary shit ass up the mountain,
And he climbed, so slowly
He climbed so slowly,

"...And id you wait until tomorrow,
the sacred creed will be yours,
to devour..."