Today is the first day I am really looking at logistics for Leadville. I won't have a crew for much of the first half which makes it more simple. With an expected 700+ starters I expect 3-4 hundred cars trying to get to the first few aid stations very quickly regardless of where their runner is (and I am sure there will be a couple hundred crews wasting space in the first few aid stations for runners who will not even make it to Winfield). The roads aren't designed for this many cars so I would expect MANY crews to never even see their runner. I haven't read too many positive opinions on the race organization so this makes it even more expected that they will not be able to handle this many runners. I over thought Jemez and the drop bags and it got me no where, so this time I'm going to be a little more laid back. My official plan is to come through Winfield in 10th-15th position and holding back as much as I can. After Winfield I hope to catch a few guys who are more exploded than me. Sort of a much weaker and slower Geoff Roes strategy. I am thinking 9 hours for the first half will bring me through in ~10th or so... and then 10:20-11:00 home. A 1:20-2:00 positive split is pretty much the average. 19:20-19:59 which on an average year will put me top ten.
Nutrition: Take in as much as my stomach can handle.
HR: Capped at 135 for the first 20 miles, then 145 for the next 20 miles. Then I'll take it off. This should force me to walk most of the big climbs in the first half.
Gear: Ultimate Direction waist pack with a horizontal bottle holder. Plus one hand-held. Nike Lunar Trainers (1st generation). I have several brand new pairs still in the box but I will opt for a very broken
The over-all strategy though will be to move my left foot forward and then my right foot. Then repeat this sequence until I'm done.
That's it. The master plan of a complete novice.