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kylie's picture
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Calico 50k race report

Signing up for Calico was exciting all on its own. I had planned to do my first ultra in December 2005, and had to cancel due to injury. 2006, same race, same injury. 2007 the same race was on my radar, but instead I went for one in January with the whole Arroyo Trail Blazers group that I have been running with. And I’m definitely glad I did! The 14 of us green shirts had fun (I'm in the orange hat, Mike in the black hat and sunglasses)!

Mike was all speedy fast (doing the "short" 30k) and actually won it overall.

The first part of the race was mostly uphill.

Up, and up, and up. Except for a surprise out and back about 8 miles in. I knew it wasn’t on the course map (yes, I’m a map geek) and it threw off all my plans of where I’d hit aid stations, and when I’d be at the top of climbing, by a mile and a half. Even each aid station and its mile marker reminded me for the rest of the day! That was probably the hardest mental part for me. Of course, I later learn Mike was *the only* person who didn't run it!

I just kept on... keeping on though. The whole climb the thoughts of how nice the downhill would be were stuck with me. We were on fireroads, most of which were not a horrible grade. And only some bad sandy or rocky spots. But that was only to be for the way up. Instead, after running up for almost 20 miles, it was a steep, rocky, slippery, deep, crazy descent to introduce our legs to the down feeling.

There were definitely points where I wondered WTF I was doing out there... this pic captures the face pretty well:

The second half of the course was definitely more fun though (not always a good thing). There were rollers

and a tunnel

and WIND!!!!

But somehow I kept going. Through some crazy foot pain, and some frustrations, and some tough miles. But at that finish line, it's like at an Ironman. And the feeling... wow...

Final stats for the day:
6:17:43 for 32.2 miles and about 4800ft of climbing
4/7 W18-29 (first 3 were SOOOO speedy — awesome!)
Full Motionbased report

If you want the wordy version, check it out on my blog :)

krazyfranco's picture
Joined: May 2 2007
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Awesome job! That looks like

Awesome job! That looks like an amazing race. Congrats on your first Ultra!

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Very cool. Congrats! Great

Very cool. Congrats! Great report - really great to see the pics on the course with the narration.

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awesome job! congrats on

awesome job! congrats on that first ultra!
(great report! you're setting the bar for multimedia reports)

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Good race report. I'm doing

Good race report. I'm doing the Cowtown 50k Ultra (Fort Worth, Texas) in Feb. I'll post a race report like yours too.

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That rocks. Awesome race and

That rocks. Awesome race and cool pics!

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Great job

Great job

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great race report and

great race report and awesome pics! congrats on an awesome finish!

kylie's picture
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Thanks all! It was

Thanks all! It was definitely a good one! And I'm almost not sick any more... that little sore throat before the race turned into sicker than I remember being since Christmas 1999!

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You're AWESOME! That looks

You're AWESOME! That looks like a crazy-@$$ course. Good for you Kylie! CONGRATS...and when's your next one? ;)

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Congrats. Great pics.

Congrats. Great pics. Looks like a beautiful course to me.

catwood's picture
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Congrats on the first ultra!

Congrats on the first ultra!

kylie's picture
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The next one... I'm not sure

The next one... I'm not sure yet. I've looked at a couple other this year, but the more school gets going the harder it gets to fit in tons of training! Plus I miss my bike -- it got neglected in the last month leading up to the ultra. No worries though... there will be another :)

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Oh Kylie, I'm so proud of

Oh Kylie, I'm so proud of you.
What an awesome course! That may be worth a trip! Everything around her is covered with those darn trees and mud and snow and stuff.

RV
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Great job!

Great job!

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Great Job Kylie on your

Great Job Kylie on your first Ultra!!

kylie's picture
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Haha... My thoughts Anton

Haha... My thoughts Anton were more along the lines of "next time I might drive farther for some trees and such" ;)

The bonus if you like a cheap race is that there is camping (including some cabins and such) basically right at the start/finish!

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Awesome! Those pictures are

Awesome! Those pictures are nice...but not quite as cool as your accomplishment!
Congrats.

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Awesome job Kylie looks like

Awesome job Kylie looks like a much longer version of a trail run we do out here so I can somewhat relate. Again congrats on your first ultra!

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Congratulations Kylie!!!!

Congratulations Kylie!!!! Great job!!!! Thanks for sharing the pix.....

qb ant's picture
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Congratulations Kylie!!!!

Congratulations Kylie!!!! Great job!!!! Thanks for sharing the pix.....

RV
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Hey great job! I pushed off

Hey great job!
I pushed off my Ultra attempt to next year - staying with IM focus this year

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RV, Slacking off this year?

RV, Slacking off this year? ;-)

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Putting off the Ultra, RV?

Putting off the Ultra, RV? What about post IM? Or, does RV mean "Really Veggin.: ;)

kylie's picture
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RV just go for it after IM

RV just go for it after IM :) Will be a fun break in the tri focus after that!

beads1985's picture
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RV, I did the ChesapeakeMan

RV, I did the ChesapeakeMan about 6 weeks before I did the JFK 50.

Granted I did them both at a more relaxed pace but it is doable. ;-)

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The only reason you did JFK

The only reason you did JFK "relaxed" Scott is because the Marines don't leave their "dead" behind!
Without having to lug my busted ankle around you would have done much better!
You could do this RV...

RV
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No peer pressure here! Ya, I

No peer pressure here!

Ya, I haven't looked past IMWI '08 (Sep 7) as far as scheduling any other events - The last 2 years I did a marathon 2-3 weeks after the IM and that hurt - but I also tried to go for time... never claimed to be too bright ... but maybe I can find something in mid-Oct range.

Geez, thanks for the nudge, I may hate you all later! ;)

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Anton wrote:The only reason

[quote=Anton]The only reason you did JFK "relaxed" Scott is because the Marines don't leave their "dead" behind!
Without having to lug my busted ankle around you would have done much better!
You could do this RV...[/quote]

My behind isn't dead!! In fact I have heard it was rather perky!! ;-)

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RV wrote:No peer pressure

[quote=RV]No peer pressure here!

Ya, I haven't looked past IMWI '08 (Sep 7) as far as scheduling any other events - The last 2 years I did a marathon 2-3 weeks after the IM and that hurt - but I also tried to go for time... never claimed to be too bright ... but maybe I can find something in mid-Oct range.

Geez, thanks for the nudge, I may hate you all later! ;)
[/quote]
Guaranteed you will be hating us later!! ;-)

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beads1985 wrote:RV wrote:No

[quote=beads1985][quote=RV]No peer pressure here!

Ya, I haven't looked past IMWI '08 (Sep 7) as far as scheduling any other events - The last 2 years I did a marathon 2-3 weeks after the IM and that hurt - but I also tried to go for time... never claimed to be too bright ... but maybe I can find something in mid-Oct range.

Geez, thanks for the nudge, I may hate you all later! ;)
[/quote]
Guaranteed you will be hating us later!! ;-)[/quote]

you mean *loving* Beads... *loving*
RV will be *loving* us later!

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