Tryptophan 50k results

Monday, November 27, 2006

Location:SIU Edwardsville Trail System
Distance: 50k (31 miles)
surface: single track
Elevation gain: 1860 ft
Temp at Start time: 37

Overall Winner: Travis Liles 6:06:57

Overall Male Winner : Travis Liles 6:06:57

Youngest Finisher : Travis Liles 6:06:57

Oldest Finisher : Travis Liles 6:06:57

Top Quote: "So will someone fill this up for me (long pause).. Ok, I'll do it myself." - Travis Liles
Yesterday marked the first ever Tryptophan 50k. The weather was perfect for late November. The temperature topped out at 68 right around the time the final runner crossed the finish line. The trail was in good shape, not too wet to cause muddy shoes, not too dry to be dusty.

The run was supposed to start at 7:30, but apparently the RD did not have the aid station set up. Things finally got moving 7:46. It was cool out, but not cold, so I went with shorts and a long sleeved shirt. Each loop was a little over 5 miles. Since I had only been to the course one other time on a walk with my wife and the dog, I was not sure how the path flowed. It did not really matter that much since I had 31 miles to cover. I ran a few laps before I settled on a loop that would work out so that by the time I hit 31, I would be close to the car and not out in the middle of nowhere.

I felt really good for most of the day. The hills were decent. There were no huge climbs, but plenty of short climbs and descents. I think that the weights and stair climber I have been doing a few times a week over the last few months have really helped. My wife came out with Augie (our dog) to see how I was doing and to go for a walk. I was at mile 18.8 and was still feeling good, but it was nice to talk to someone for a few minutes. It broke up my run a little.

The aid station at mile 18.8 (also my transportation to the run and home)

Leaving the aid station, a little over 12 miles to go.

I was moving along pretty well. I did not have any down times yet and I was over 20 miles. I made sure to keep up on my nutrition. I used this run today as some experimentation for my diet. I used Perpetum, Hammer Gel, pretzel sticks, and bananas all which seemed to work for me without any feelings of nausea. Around mile 23, I started to feel the wall coming on. I had tripped over a root and hit the ground. No major or even minor damage, but it was enough to slow me down and take me out of "the zone." I pushed on for the next few miles until I came around.

26+ into the run (I took this on the move with my camera phone, not bad huh?)

I hit the marathon mark and was in good shape. My feet hurt, but my quads, calves, and knees were still underneath me, so I decided to pick it up a little for the last bit of the run. I hit the 31 mile mark in 6 hours, 6 minutes and 57 seconds. Not too bad. I was at the 1/2 way mark in 3 hours and was able to get close to repeating that time for the second half.

The first Tryptophan 50k is in the books. Maybe next year I can convince my family and friends to participate. I doubt many of them will do 50k, but a loop or 2 cant hurt, especially around the holidays.

Posted by Travis at 3:00 PM  


Where are the rest of the racers? Were they too strung out on turkey or what? Well congrats to you on doing that anyways, remarkable!!

Shelley said...
7:07 PM  

Great report on a great race =) Going 50 km solo is a tuff undertaking, that's some serious motivation...NICE JOB!

Ryan said...
10:55 PM  

You are one crazy dude and I LOVE it!! Glad to hear that you placed first in your age group - that's a pretty bitchin' time for a 50K. Maybe next year I can join you ... not for the full 50 mind you, maybe a 10-15K. It can become a Drake/Liles family tradition??

Jenn said...
12:34 PM  

Wow, you are da man! I don't think the turkey loved the name:) Awesome job on the run!

olga said...
7:16 AM  

Has anyone told you how great it is to be nuts???? :) Awesome job on that run--and you blew away the competition!!!
Did you have an award ceremony???

Lora said...
6:39 PM  

Slacking on writing or taking a break for Holidays?

olga said...
1:38 PM  

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