Transvulcania 73.3k ultramarathon is the first race of the 2015 Skyrunning World Series. The race takes place on La Palma, one of the Spanish Canary Islands. Runners follow the volcanic ridge of the island from the southernmost coast at Fuencaliente, north to the high point at Roque de los Muchachos, before dropping down to the west coast town of Tazacorte and finally climbing back inland to finish at Los Llanos de Aridane.
Everyone at the AS was also a bit baffled, then the razzing started. “Is this your first time on this course?” “How could we make the turn more obvious?” I looked at the turn, which had multiple pink ribbons along with a garbage can. This was a turn that I had missed multiple times in past training runs and yet again?!
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I cut almost 2 hours from last year's race, placing 5th overall. I passed at least 10 people between mile 24 (at the start of a long 2400 foot ascent) and the finish line, including the 2 elite front-runner women and a bunch of fast young guys, some 10 to 20 or more years younger than I.
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I cursed a lot. I almost started crying.
By the time I was back up to the highway crossing, I was frantic. I found the small trail heading down into the wooded abyss on the other side of the highway (you could see flagging about 100-feet downhill in a headlamp beam once you were on the opposite side of the road). Running angrily downhill through every bit of pain, I was nearly hyperventilating. More...
After carefully analyzing topographic maps and satellite imagery I saw potential for an aesthetic route from the depths of the Carmel River Canyon directly to Ventana (single) Cone, arguably the most remote major summit in the Ventana Wilderness. Only an average of one party a year visits Ventana Cone and all appear to access via the 2 mile bushwhack from Pine Ridge. More...
A runner on my heels yelled to me to get up which is always good advice as it usually starts hurting if you don't get up and run right away. I bounced up and ran the rest of the way in a little fatigued and scraped up but no worse for wear. More...
Some of the Mountain cup races, like 7 Sisters, are so gnarly technical that even when OCR events send you straight up the side of a mountain I’m ready. Now when you’ve got to lug a sandbags half a mile on top of that mountain...that’s a different challenge.
La Sportiva and Honey Stinger athlete, Laura Haefeli has won 7 Mountain and Trail National Championship titles, made 5 World Mt. Running Teams, been named Mt. Runner of the Year 5 times, and was the first U.S. Woman ever to win a medal at a World Mt. Running Championship. She also married into a beekeeping family. Here is what she has to say about beekeeping and trail running.
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