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Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby ngcaper » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:16 pm

Sooooooo I attended the I2P fund raiser and silent auction last night. I put a bid on an entry for the race thinking there's no chance I'll win for this price...well I won, so am now a 2014 registrant for G2G...thankfully Ray and Mike (finisher from last year) came over straight away and offered to help but holy s**t I didn't expect to be doing this in 2014. Unsupported 7 stages in the desert....eek.
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2015 Races:
The Limberlost Challenge 56k
Dam Wakley Damn 55k
I2P Run 50k
Grand 2 Grand 273k

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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby Habs4ever » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:32 pm

I don't really know what G2G stands for but it sounds like a very cool (or hot) race to do. 8)
Congratulations, can't wait to see how the training goes.
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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby Habs4ever » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:37 pm

Habs4ever wrote:I don't really know what G2G stands for but it sounds like a very cool (or hot) race to do. 8)
Congratulations, can't wait to see how the training goes.

I just looked it up, it looks amazing!
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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby Nicholas » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:43 pm

The race looks spectacular....Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase and Zion are awesome. As for running the whole 273K unsupported in 169 days from now..well, we know what your training plans are going to look like for the next while!!
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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby ngcaper » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:51 pm

It does look spectacular, and I love that area of the SW States. Nick I thought the training for Vermont was tough BTW it is, now I get to carry a 20lb sack in training.

If nothing else I'll get a good tan, and lose a few extra lbs this summer. Its only April and I'm nervous. Though if I don't try I'll never know what I'm capable of. That said my wife now officially thinks I'm nuts and I tend to believe her.
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2015 Races:
The Limberlost Challenge 56k
Dam Wakley Damn 55k
I2P Run 50k
Grand 2 Grand 273k

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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby NMG » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:25 pm

Your wife is correct, LOL :)

Regardless of how it goes, it sounds like a simply awesome adventure. No way you'll be able to sit back 30 years from now and not smile thinking about it. That's what it's all about!

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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby MikeM » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:45 pm

That's awesome and should be quite the adventure! Good luck with your training.

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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby Chainsaw Baby » Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:54 pm

Epic!!!

The 20 pound pack will only feel like 18 pounds with all the scenery!
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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:22 pm

1. I have no idea how you will carry enough food to run 6 days.
2. scenery is great. I suppose some of those areas are hard to access except if you are part of the race?
3. very pricey considering you are bringing all your own supplies. But you won it for free; of course I'd go under that circumstance.
4. Looks like being a rude tent mate will get you a penalty.... :lol: Careful! :naughty:
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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby ngcaper » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:53 am

Well life has gotten a little simpler. I asked could I defer my entry to 2015, and was granted it. I had not been training for a stage race, nor had it even been on my mind until I won this. The G2G team is a great group and agreed it would be much better if there was no 100m race in the way, and my focus could be on stage racing. The consensus is I'd enjoy it more, have a greater opportunity for success, and have less stress this summer. That and the gear required to stage race is expensive...nice to not have to drop 000's all at once and now can look for sales.

Because I need something after Vermont to look forward to I registered for the Virgil Crest 50miler...this is supposed to be a brutal hard race on its own and it coincidentally is the same weekend the G2G starts.

So 2014 is set:

ATB: Done
NCR Marathon (my first and last large road marathon I hope)
Vermont 100
Virgil Crest 50

Should be a fun summer...and I'm already looking forward to no running in Oct :?
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2015 Races:
The Limberlost Challenge 56k
Dam Wakley Damn 55k
I2P Run 50k
Grand 2 Grand 273k

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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby Nicholas » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:06 am

Good plan and nice to see the G2G folks being flexible.
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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby ngcaper » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:50 pm

Agreed Nick...it didn't even take any begging or pushing. I started the conversation with I have two questions, and the response was, "is question 1 can you defer to 2015, if so yes" so I withdrew question #2 as it was assuming the deferral was going to be a no. :)

I'm certain it has to do with winning the entry at a charity event in April...if it was an all out purchase and registration it would be tougher to defer as I can't see it being cheap to host a race like this considering the medical, vehicle, and even permit support required. That and they have to dedicated 100% of their week to the race as well + the peripheral work we don't see.

So I'm happy...and have an ambitious schedule this year none-the-less.
Beer, the cause of and solution to all of lifes problems.

2015 Races:
The Limberlost Challenge 56k
Dam Wakley Damn 55k
I2P Run 50k
Grand 2 Grand 273k

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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby orleansrunner1962 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:27 pm

WOW -- that is absolutely amazing -- G2G is on my bucket list as well, but I will likely have to wait until I retire (or at least stop adding 100 milers to my roster!! :lol: )

Can't wait to follow along with your training!!

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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby ngcaper » Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:09 am

May to Sept is a long gap...you can do it, you'd be sufficiently recovered and trained by then.
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2015 Races:
The Limberlost Challenge 56k
Dam Wakley Damn 55k
I2P Run 50k
Grand 2 Grand 273k

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Re: Grand 2 Grand Ultra

Postby orleansrunner1962 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:32 pm

ngcaper wrote:May to Sept is a long gap...you can do it, you'd be sufficiently recovered and trained by then.


Except that I have another 100-miler planned for Jan, and another for Aug -- I think 3 in that timeframe is enough -- my turn will come!! :D
2014:
Mar - Around the Bay 30 km - Done
May - Sulphur Spring 100 miler - DNS
Sept - Army HM
Sept/Oct - 50 miler
Oct - Pace Bunny - Toronto Scotia Waterfront
Dec - Reggae Marathon in Jamaica


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