I dropped my boys off with my wife last night (they went to a BBQ) and I drove up to Leadville to pace Tim Long from May Queen to the finish. Tim ran awesome and it was kind of cool to be back on the part of the course that turned me in to a walking piece of hamburger last year with the person who got me to the finish. This was Tim's 4th 100 mile run this year so it was pretty much just old hat to him. He ran 21:04:04 for maybe 16th or so place. JT was there also pacing Tim and he had just run the Pikes Ascent that morning (and ran well) then drove to Leadville to pace Tim... and is now starting Trans-Rockies. Damn. And Happy Trails were Tim's crew. Steve and Kathleen were awesome even after ~18 hours of crew duty!
The Leadman record was enroute to getting completely destroyed by Alfred Thresher. His times thus far were:
Marathon: 4:20. 5th over-all.
Silver Rush 50 bike (single speed): 4:04. 2nd over-all.
100 bike (single speed): 7:44. 56th over-all.
10k run: 46:07. 10th over-all.
100 run: DNS
I heard a rumor that he crashed on his bike and got a staph infection and couldn't start the run? Holy crap though... he was probably going to destroy the record... but he was going to do it on a single speed bike which in my opinion would have set the bar even higher. Had he gotten the record then anyone in the future who broke it would need an asterisk next to their ego. Mad respect to Mr Thresher.
And here is a video from the Leadville 100 bike put together by the race. You can get a clear idea as to what I was up against 43 seconds in to the video. I'm in the black and lime green... I'm riding strong, the guy behind me almost falls over, and I'm heading straight for a line of people hiking...