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April 1, 2014, Crested Butte, GT Grand Traverse
« on: 04/09/14, 10:24 AM »

For more than a week now, Iíve struggled against my keyboard to beat out a race report from the GoreTex Grand Traverse (GT), which Taylor and I raced on the night of march 28th and well into the day on the 29th. To encapsulate 15 hours of backcountry racing into a succinct blog post is nigh impossible given the spectral range of emotions and experiences that evolve and transpire during such a lengthy race. Nevertheless, inspired by a report from my friend and fellow racer Ethan Linck, I hope to bring you a few highlights.



Expanding my sense of the possible is the biggest kick that I get from prolonged endurance events, and the GT was a new high for me. Iím a new convert to prolonged endurance, having only run my first Ultramarathon last summer. Nevertheless, itís an addicting feeling to line up for a new challenge and to wait for the gun on a race thatís longer than youíve ever done before. More addicting still is the confidence that, regardless of the duration, you are strong enough to finishĖ that feels good.

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Re: April 1, 2014, Crested Butte, GT Grand Traverse
« Reply #1 on: 04/09/14, 02:17 PM »

Nice job, and congrats on your both finishing! I hope Taylor's knee is healing up well. I've towed a few slowboarder friends for short stretches before - just enough to get an eentsy-weentsy sense of how epic your commitment to teamwork was!
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Re: April 1, 2014, Crested Butte, GT Grand Traverse
« Reply #2 on: 04/09/14, 05:27 PM »

Good effort!  We did that in 2000 and placed pretty well in some 8hrs and change.  The journey down to Aspen was not a pretty sight!

The teams that do well spend lots of time figuring out the route and the gear nuances.
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