Team INFINIT Performance

Hardest Race to Date

This was by far the hardest and most physically demanding race I've attempted. I finished in 10:13 to beat the 11 hour cutoff. It was crazy hard. Seriously. This race is reserved for two kinds of people: 1) those with actual running talent, and/or 2) those who enjoy pointless self-inflicted suffering. I am definitely not in the first category. I never thought of myself as being in the second category but here I am writing about pointless self-inflicted suffering.



WARNING! Long-winded ultra runner post.?????????? Will cause you to question my sanity. Harmful if contemplated.?? May induce a small percentage of runners to make poor life choices and do really stupid things.?????? Read at your own risk.

Conquer the Rock 50k results and recap...

I managed to finish CTR 50k in 10:13. It was a long day. I do not know how I made it across the finish line under the 11 hour cutoff. It was brutal. Here I sit three days later and I am still numb from the experience as I look through the photos. What can I say? At age 58 I have a different perspective than my younger running friends who relish this stuff and come back for more.


Frankly, I would not wish this kind of suffering on my enemies. If you're a runner looking for adventure, then I recommend you look elsewhere. Seriously. This race is reserved for two kinds of people: 1) those with actual running talent, and/or 2) those who enjoy pointless self-inflicted suffering. I am definitely not in the first category.????? I never thought of myself as being in the second category but here I am writing about pointless self-inflicted suffering.

I have posted before about running a few difficult races, most notably Stump Jump 50k in the mountains of TN. As hard and challenging as Stump Jump is, with all due respect, it is a slow jog in the park compared to CTR. This was by far the hardest and most physically demanding race I've attempted.

Here's an example: From about mile 1.5 to 5.0, you climb roughly 1700 feet to a spot named Bald Knob. It is a relentless, grinding upward slog on technical trails. Elevated heart rate. Heavy breathing. Moving slow. Praying for it to end. You feel joyous relief for making it to the top and the views are sweet. Except you're not at the top. You must then push on to climb another 600 feet in the span of a half mile (let that sink in for a minute) to reach the summit of Pinnacle Mountain. That is soul crushing.

Mentally this plays with your mind because the race is two loops of the same 14.5 mile route. That means while you are suffering through the first loop and wearing your body down, you are fully aware you must repeat the same misery later in the day. Those are not pleasant thoughts. They are dark thoughts. Very dark. I mentally quit the race several times before getting to Bald Knob by deciding I would not attempt the second loop. True story. I took all my pictures on the first loop because I vowed I would not come back for the second loop -- so it was my only chance for pics. And yet when the time came to decide I went ahead and repeated the insanity anyway to finish the race. I am definitely in that second category of moron runners.??

This quote by Frank A. Clark may sum it up best..."If you find a path with no obstacles it probably leads nowhere."

I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story. The "paths" chosen for this race lead somewhere beautiful. Yes, the trails were difficult and extremely technical for long stretches, but there were breathtaking views too. Just don't let the smiles fool you. It took a lot of work to overcome the "obstacles" in order to capture that "One Shining Moment" on the mountaintops.



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