Team EverymanTri rebounds at the 2010 Gore-Tex TransRockies race: Stage 4 report
Posted Aug 26 2010 9:00am
Editor's Note: Paul Shippey and Paul
Mandel are currently running stage 4 of the epic GORE-TEX® TransRockiesrunning adventure,
which traverses the Rocky Mountains from August 22- 27.
altitude took its toll on many competitors on day two of the grueling
run across the Rockies, but it wasn’t still the start of the most
grueling day, the 24-mile Stage 3 from Leadville to Camp Hale, that it
really kicked in for Team EverymanTri athlete - Paul Mandel.
started the day with typical AMS symptoms and barely made it out of
camp along with the rest of the competitors. At the top of the first
climb of the day on Tennessee Pass (alt 10, 500 ft), a dizzy Mandel
ground to a halt with vomiting and nausea and then had to contend with
these symptoms for another 12 miles to the finish in Camp Hale. It was
going to be a long day in the saddle!
leader Paul Shippey nursed and coaxed the weakened Mandel over some
challenging terrain, but in the process the team lost 1.5 hrs in the GC,
finally staggering into the finish in 6hrs and 3 min, which dropped the team from 8th to 13th in the 80+ Men’s division.
was treated by race medics after the finish, and a bottle of oxygen
later he felt way better - to the point that he was able to line-up for
today’s 14 mile 3000ft climb from Camp Hale to Redcliff.
The best way to describe this race is; that it’s like an army special-forces test.
legs hurt like hell at the end of each stage and you wonder how you
will muster the energy to do it all again the next day, especially when
seasoned competitors point out the mountain top ridge you will be
cresting the next day. Imagine running a marathon, then a half, then
another marathon, then another half and then another two 20 milers back
to back and this is over 12,600ft mountains and through rivers… say no
life also means broken sleep, a long trek to the ablutions in the
middle of the night, and a high risk of catching one of the stomach bugs
floating around, cold nights and more. Somehow one deals with all this
and then the thought of beating yourself up again, to rally for action
day after day.At the end of day two, Paul Shippey had to have a hole
drilled in his toenail to relieve the pressure from a blister under the
nail - just another day in the life of a Gore-Tex TransRockies
most amazing part of the race is seeing the times posted by the front
runners. These elite athletes are running a 24 mile trail over 11,000ft
in 2:46min. Super studs! Two days to go, 40-odd miles, and Team
EverymanTri is preparing to make it to the finish in Beaver Creek on
Friday! It’s all in the mind they say, but in this race the body has a
lot to do with it too.