First person race accounts
Learn before you burn!
|It was agonizing. I was delirious from oxygen deprivation.
|Zombies are the ones that went out too fast and aren't enjoying the race.
|It inspires me and gives me courage. It must be that darn mountain.
|It makes your brain dizzy and even the simplest things seem to take for ever.
|There was no stopping Sunday from coming.
|I guess altitude and I are never going to be friends.
|My heart rate alarm was really starting to bug me.
|When your knuckles turn blue, the color matches your running outfit.
|I thought I was getting the hang of it, and then they cut the oxygen off.
|At mile 4, I started to get a burning feeling in my lungs...
|Billy D Leses
|I passed ten miles and the tree line, I was more dizzy/dazed and confused.
|I said, "no worries. That lightning was below us!" (Run, you fool).
|After I turned around, air was no longer a problem.
|I was surprised at the blood and guts.
|Dr. Richard Marshs
|It's not written in the stars that I have to be climbing this stupid mountain...
|She removed a 3"x4" blister from my heel and congratulated me on having "the blister of the day."
|The race began a constant search for a good "sitting rock."
|There is no rest, no recovery. You go hard, even while walking.
1988 & 89 Ascents
|What do they call someone who runs the entire way up Pikes Peak?
|I was pushing just to get the hell out of the blast furnace I was running through.
|I realized that I would have to qualify for Boston during another race.
|Inevitably, some runners get into trouble.
|Cut me, Mick said Rocky to his trainer.
|I think I'll go back to sport climbing. I suck at that also, but it doesn't hurt so muchÖ
|I canít believe it worked out this perfectly, but it didnít come easy.
|What the heck was I thinking? This is a stupid idea!
|Dizzy. Depleted. Deadass tired. I will NEVER do this again.
|Although it looks like I'm in agony, I was just hamming it up for the camera.
|They asked me if I was OK. I lied and said yes.