20140614: Bryce 50 miler, Utah

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But I’ll tell you about Bryce. And how to get through a 50 miler with 6 weeks training. Yes, I suffered on that last climb. Yes, I finished. Sloooowly. But I wasn’t expecting it to be stellar, so how can I be disappointed? A few of us went down to the States to do this Ultra-Adventures race (ultra-adventures.com). Good times, friendly people, great trail.

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I’ll let you google images of Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. My photos couldn’t possibly do it justice. Bryce is about a 5 hour scenic drive from Vegas; Route 9 takes you right through Zion, that magical, awe-inspiring place of massive scale, and a short jog later through the Dixie National Forest, expect to be dazzled by the massive twisted icicles of Bryce’s brilliant red, orange and pink rock. There are flowers too. And rivers. And peregrine falcons. It’s a breath-taking place. Really.

Race Start. Huddled by one of the fires
Race Start. Huddled by one of the fires
Mile 8 or so. After a while I wasn't too motivated to pull out the camera and take photos
Mile 8 or so. After a while I wasn’t too motivated to pull out the camera and take photos
Ridge running across from hoodos
Ridge running across from hoodos

Aid station at 27 miles
Aid station at 27 miles

Approaching mile 45, the Pink Cliffs aid station
Approaching mile 45, the Pink Cliffs aid station

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A little friend. Rocky trail in some areas; mostly sandy and packed dirt.
A little friend. Rocky trail in some areas; mostly sandy and packed dirt.

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