Huge congrats to my Leadwoman and Leadman kids. I feel like they are my kids in a way. On race morning when the gun went off I had to watch them leave the nest and my job was done... it was up to them. And they all crushed it! Anywhere from 30:00 to 1:30 faster than their previous attempts. Great start... only 256 more miles to go.
Over-all in the Leadman race:
My quick Google stalking results and thoughts...
2nd- Marco Peinado 3:58 (-20:00 back) Leadville 100 run DNF.
3rd- Bob Africa 4:04 (-26:00) 21st place in 21:33 at the Leadville 100 in 2011.
4th- Luke Jay 4:11 (-33:00) Solid all around athlete. Adventure racer who trains with Travis Macy.
5th- Donnie Haubert 4:12 (-34:00) Solid runner. A couple of Leadville 100 run finishes and a Hardrock finisher... nuff said. Experience and toughness matters at Leadman.
6th- Brian Oestrike 4:24 (-46:00) 28:42 at Leadville 100 run last year. Placed 2nd at the TARC 50 mile 3 weeks ago so he was tired. He summited Lhotse and is a crazy solid climber... so the guy has balls and is badass. I would guess he knows how to suffer for days which is useful here.
7th- Tim Long 4:25 (-47:00) The "danger man" in my mind. Even with out my bias, on paper he's the guy to beat. Easily the most experienced and smartest guy in the field. Too many solid results to list but he's a two time Hardrock finisher and he's ridden ultra mountain bike races with a broken rib and thumb... he's nails. 47:00 down but this is a guy that can put 5 hours on you in the 100 run. He's also one of the strongest and most experienced cyclists in Leadman. He can win if he doesn't do the Silver Rush 50 run (IMO) hint hint. He's run Leadville and he paced me twice for the last 50 miles of the 100... so he knows what to expect more than anyone in the field. Look for Tim to move in to second after the 50 and 100 bike. And then it's all about the 100 run and no one in the field has his CV... he's my pick to take it.