HR 100 2002 II
- Dear friends,
Molly and Athina (the dogs), Lisa and Charlie (the dog
owners and HR-Board members) and Susi (the dogless
crew) started me on Monday, 15th of July in front of
the Silverton high school at 0600 for running the
Hardrock 100. I was back there after 46 hours, 7
minutes and 58 seconds, making the bell of the first
congregation in front of the high school singing. I
was singing too and happy happy happy.
This is the short version.
The long one deals with the mistakes I made in 2001
and more details of the 2002 HR 100 second attempt.
I did HR in 2000 in about 45 hours and it was fun and
happiness only. I got a slot in 2001 and DNF after
almost 42 hours (the longest training run I did ever)
missing the Cunningham cutoff.
I made many mistakes that year:
I was all the time sure to finish, arrogant. Even
leaving Sherman with 30 miles to go and 15 hours left
I was convinced to make 2 miles per hour easily. I did
I did not follow my drinking schedule and dried. A
beginner mistake, which weakens me.
I did not eat enough during the race. I chewed the
nice bagel, I got at Sherman for hours and was unable
to swallow it. A beginner mistake.
4. Course exploring
I came too late to Silverton from Leadville and did
not explore the Pole Creek to Cunningham course. I was
sure to make that part during daylight. I did not and
got lost several times before Maggies and after
Maggies as well. I used a LED-light only and did not
carry a halogen for better finding the long distance
markers at night.
I did not taking care of John Cappis 48 hour schedule,
most likely the biggest mistake. I didn't realize that
I was more than 2 hours behind his recommendations.
6. Rest times
I spent in 2000 131 minutes in aid stations, 59
minutes of them in KT with Susi, Lisa, Kathy etc.
waiting for the end of heavy raining.
I fooled around in 2002 160 minutes until Maggies! In
Telluride and Sherman I also was waiting for the end
I got wet after Sherman in heavy rain (just behind
Keith Knipling and his pacing father Gary). Shivering
and hoping for sun. I got finally some sunshine and
back to normal temperature at Pole creek, Keith did
not recover from hypothermia.
Down at Cunningham Road after passing Jim Sweatt I had
wonderful hallucinations: Paintings on the white
stones of the road. I can tell for hours about that.
It was not threatened at all, I liked it. Finally Susi
and Ginny got me on the road before reaching the
Cunningham Aid Station. They collected Jim later too.
My consequences of the mistakes for 2002:
1. Never be sure to make it before reaching the
2. Drink 6 sips every 15 minutes during the entire
races. Drink two FULL cups at every aid station. I am
drinking 90 % electrolytes and the rest Mountain Diew
or a bit Coke. No water.
3. Eat! I got the idea for better swallowing the
calories to drink Ensure plus (about 300 calories per
can) at each Aid station. Big mistake. I never tried
that in training, which was another beginner mistake
as running a race with new shoes.
After the cancellation of the race I made deposits on
all aid points, Susi couldn't reach, containing one or
two Ensure plus, a bar and electrolyte powder.
4. I explored the entire 100 miles at least once, most
of it twice. When I learned about the cancellation and
no markers, I put the expected night sections into my
5. I memorized Johns 48 hour pace schedule and was
able to tell it immediately even if you would wake me
up during night. I analyzed it (which could be another
article) more intensively:
The first 35 miles until Burrows the average speed was
3 miles (exactly 2,99) per hour; Burrows to Ouray 1,81
mph; Ouray to Telluride 2,2 mph and finally Telluride
to Silverton just 1,63 mph. The typical
marathon-syndrome: Starting too fast (John compiled
the times from the finisher 47:30 to 48 hours) and
getting weaker and weaker. I planned to be slower the
first 35 miles and getting a bit faster than the
schedule later. I hoped for a later two hour cushion
(I totally unrealisticly dreamed about a 42 hour
finish, arriving at midnight and sleeping, but this
will never happen; happy John DeWalt!).
6. I planned to cut down the rest times below 90
minutes. Unforgettable the first words of Karl at the
awards: "Im am more proud about my 19 minutes at aid
stations (actually it was 22) than the 26:39."
Leave the aid stations even if it is raining and
storming. I trained with Susi to change dresses, shoes
and gaiters, run in detail to the crewing stuff.
7. Never get wet cloths and carry even more than you
will need (watch Liz and Rick!).
Well prepared I dropped on Friday 12th weak and
powerless, unable and unwilling to jog the Sherman
Road downhill after about 33 miles. I assume the
Ensure plus has killed me, as I did some days ago in
training the route from Stoney pass intersection with
Cunningham road to Grouse in good shape, climbing
Handies from Burrows in 2:13. The difference: During
the training run I had just 1,5 liters of fluid and
just two bars or 500 calories the entire day and I
felt strong and jumped down Handies.
I rested two more days and tried again without Ensure
plus but "normal" food and was happy to make it.
1. Handies via Boulder Gulch
2. Aid at Ouray Bear Creek Trailhead replacing
Engineers (9 minutes are in the Ouray 15 minutes - see
3. Turnaround in Ouray at hot springs pavilion instead
of Box Canyon.
4. No snow at Virginius, the climbing of the three
steps was very, very strenuous.
5. Climbing Grant Swamp was hazardous. High speed
falling rocks close to me. There is no chance to move
away quickly standing in steep sand or scree.
6. Ironically I got lost in the dark in the same area
again as in 2000:"However, the storm that caught the
second night runners in 2000 left clouds hanging on
the route that kept the runners lights from picking up
the next markers" (John Cappis in the official 2001
brochure). The runners were Colin Kingsford and his
pacer Sabin Sema and me (and maybe others). I found
Porcupine Saddle finally by GPS, crossed Cataract
Basin "unconventionally", goaled to Putnam-Cataract
Ridge to low and missed it. I stumbled around for an
hour in steep scree, sand and grass until I finally
found Putnam Creek and the beginning of the trail down
to Putnam Basin.
(Listen to your wife and follow her:"Hans, you should
explore that night part from KT to Silverton during
the night and not at daylight only." Smart wife!)
7. I got aid by Susi at Cunningham, Maggies (with
Lisa), Grouse, Bear Creek Trailhead, Ouray, Telluride,
Chapman (Susi hiked in) and KT (hiking too). Susi did
an awesome crewing, I never would have made it without
her. Overall aid station time: 79 minutes.
8. After finishing I went into the RV bed and Susi
drove the car in front of Charlies house. 30 seconds
after stopping the RV, at about 4:20 in the morning
Lisa knocked at the door: "Hey, Hans, did you make
it?" It was hug # 66, a bit longer as usual.
Cunningham 0908 0912
Maggies 1138 1143
Pole 1304 1304
Sherman 1548 1548
Grouse 2058 2112
Oh point 2322
Engin. 0006 0006
Ouray 0307 0322 (incl. 9 min at Bear Creek TH)
Governor 0634 0634
Virginius 0840 0840
Telluride 1006 1025
Chapman 1518 1524
KT 2011 2025
Putnam 0109 0109
Finally: No stomach problem at all, not for a second.
I drunk Gatorade and diluted between the crewing
points electrolyte powder with untreated water from
the creeks. It worked.
Susis food was great, especially he home made goulash
soup. I carried bars (Cliff, Powerbar, Homerun,
Muesli) and GU and Hammergel between crewpoints.
I felt perfect until Ouray, then I got weak all the
uphills. I was able to jog and run all downhills
without breaks and finally got a three hour cushion to
Johns schedule. I lost one hour when getting lost and
took it easy Putnam down (during the race I hate the
rocky part of this trail, there was no Dave "the
Gentleman" Capron leading me down to the finish line.
I never found worldwide any comparable or longer rocky
section of a trail).
The ability to run the downhills made me finishing
under 48 hours.
Gordon, who created, John, Charlie and Rick, who
implemented, and the Board, who is maintaining the
John for all his incredible work and input in the
trail description and schedule, I was using
Charlie for his marking lessons and discussions. I
felt always like home again, when I found lost
Charlie-markers on the trail: many of them up Cataract
lake and in Boulder Gulch to Handies,
Lisa, which needs no further explanation, a real
Liz and Rick, they appeared Friday night in full
equipment for pacing me over Engineers (I was sleeping
exhausted and deep),
all the friends I remembered during the lonely trip,
making me going and going:
Matt, Colin (and some miles suffering Aki) during the
first night over Engineers in 2000,
Kathy up Grant Swamp in 2000 "Hey, Kathy, keep up to
me, come on!" I had no idea, who she was!,
Ginny at several places and over the Sherman log
(there is a bridge now!)
Scott Eppleman from exploring up to Oscar's,
unforgettable Crampon-Rich "the troubadour",
and many, many others of the unique Hardrock
By the way:
I will hike some miles tomorrow at 0600 from the
Silverton high school clockwise. Finally Susi has
agreed to crew me some places as far as I can get. She
really must love me.
Hans "the German"
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- I have not had the pleasure of meeting you and am thinking this very moment what an amazing performance you had at Vermont. I suppose what amazes me the most is how fast and strong you are in the mountains as well as your speed on the the flats. You must have an identical twin that you have not told us about.
What a terrific day!
Sherry Kae Mahieu
----- Original Message -----
From: Stevan Pattillo
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 9:43 AM
Subject: Re: [hr100] HR 100 2002 II
Hans, I both admire and envy you for this accomplishment. Congratulations!
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