#TBT to last Saturday at Sausalito Ball Field, excited and anxious at the start of the #ECSCA 50k course 📷 @BryanTing. A few more from that day: 2 Running up Alta, the sun cresting up ahead 3 Looking down Marincello, blue sky and fog ahead 4 Cardiac hill above the clouds 5 Alice Eastwood trail lit by sunbeams 6 SCA trailhead, Golden Gate Bridge in the distance 7 SCA descent, Golden Gate Bridge at golden hour 8 Twilight at the bridge north side 9 The bridge at night from the south side 10 Warming Hut / Crissy field looking back at the bridge #2018_328 #latergram #nofilter
This is an ultramarathoner. 📷 @davidtlam Last night I completed the #ECSCA 50k course, 55km+ & 7000'+ actual. I started at 7:00, moments before sunrise(2), exactly one week to the minute after the scheduled race time. After 11+ hours of running & power-hiking, I finished in an empty pitch black field, alone, perhaps the hardest thing I have ever done in a day.
Many things went well, ideal running weather, no falls or scrapes, so many online chat encouragments; a few things did not, an ankle roll, an IT band/knee flare-up slowing my downhill running, bad connectivity, dead batteries. New challenges were overcome, unfamiliar squishiness on familiar trails, first time bounding ankle deep through swollen streams(6), and the quietest I have ever seen the Marin Headlands.
Thanks to @BryanTing for making this solo run possible with encouragement & support, picking me up in the dark, dropping me off at the start, then meeting me an hour later at the Tennessee Valley Trailhead to top off my water bottle and show me where he’d stashed my one essential dropbag with water & spare fuel out of sight (fortunately it was still there hours later), my only actual "aid station(s)" (the race had seven). The rest were just knowing where water fountains were, Santos Meadow before Heather Cutoff(3), Cardiac(4), Muir Woods(5), Golden Gate Bridge north side(9), Warming Hut.
After running to approximately where I remember last year’s @TheNorthFaceECS finish line was in a cold, unlit, and bumpy Crissy field, city lights in the distance(10), I jogged to the nearby Sports Basement to find refuge before a calling ride home.
Morgan recognized & surprised me, congratulated me and gave me a cup of warm cider. @DavidTLam came by moments later, took a photo(1) and posted it to show everyone I had made it.
Tired muscles, a little soreness, and only a few blisters to show for it, it still feels surreal, like I have to say it to remind myself that I actually did it.
Still sorting through everything I saw from dawn to sunset(7&8), felt physically & emotionally, thought & heard inside my head (no headphones).
I also know I have more work to do for my next ultra. For now, rest, reflection, and recovery.
Grateful for a lot this week, this year, still wanting to run 50k that I trained for, still thinking about all the fire devastation. This quote (via @HeatherroseSf) felt very presently relevant:
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." via https://www.instagram.com/p/BqgdmBKAU7K/
Note: Airnow has historical data, e.g. on 2018-11-08 watch when it went from good to unhealthy in 24hrs: The next 12 days were a surreal experience, landing in it, living it, watching it worsen, and especially seeing so many people outside ignore or be oblivious to it. Definitely worth a longer blog post. Maybe over the holidays.
Today’s noon SF air raid siren test more meaningful than usual. Thoughts with those who lost homes & loved ones in fires, and those struggling with unhealthy air. Protect your lungs: wear an N95 mask, use a HEPA air purifier at home.
Once more into the air. Looking forward to returning home to a wave of positive U.S. #Election victories: scientists @314action, women, WoC, muslims, LGBTQ, and younger candidates with a larger stake in the future.
At #IndieWebCamp@MozillaBerlin, coded some archive navigation in @Falcon: sequential previous/next navigation across day archives. More to do, like link from home page to more entries, skip days without posts, but happy with progress.
In 3.2.4 Updating existing Webmentions, there needs to be a step to keep track of a source redirect e.g. for a new slug, or updating http to https, and to save and use that new URL instead of the original source in places like linking a received comment back to its original.
🌄 Beautiful #Tamoween Tam summit (#5) yesterday morning! Got a head start in front of pals Bryan, Vivek, Krissi. Headlamp died. Bryan noticed when he caught up and gave me his spare! (which he happened to be running with!). Mostly solo ascent, only one brief detour right before the Temelpa trailhead. I saw the sunrise light-up the rocks as I was halfway up the last steep scramble, catching sunbeams at the top.
Super clear skies from the start, watching the sky get lighter, then turn orange and light-up a few streaking clouds.
9.3 miles & 2700+' climbed. Last midweek #ECSCA #50ktraining session done!
Note “Support” just summarizes, no reasoning, whereas “Opposition” statements by papers appear to provide decent analyses and reasons for opposing. Why would so many (presumably liberal) newspapers oppose a proposition that is supposed to help patients? Only explanation is that under analysis, the proposition may have the opposite effect.
Regardless, I’ve linked to your tweet from my summary post as a counter-argument.
Unsure who to vote for? NO GOP. Whoever you vote for, DO NOT vote Republican. The GOP has clearly demonstrated over the past year that it has no principles other than power and expediency for their own existence. Children (still) in cages, climate/science denialism, "both side-ism" apologisms for hate groups, disregard for women’s safety and voices, etc.
San Francisco measures suggestions: Yes: A, C, D No: B*, E
*Details for few of these:
CA 5 YES: From the rough calculations that a few of us made at an election discussion salon, proposition 5 could increase the number of housing units in SF by 50,000 (based on demographic estimates of number of 55+ year-old SF homeowners with larger housing than they need, who would likely move).
CA 11 YES: Only a mild Yes on this one. Appears to be a net positive, but skeptical about the AMR-only aspect.
CA 3 NO: Appears to only benefit special interests.
Five years ago today I just showed up to @Nov_Project_SF, and my life took a turn for the better. #NPSF itself started at #Kezar so perhaps it was appropriate that I celebrated my fifth #NPversary with a bit of #tracktuesday and this dedicated pre-dawn crew.
So grateful for the friends, community, lessons learned, and so many workouts. I would not have imagined being where I am now (19 days til my first ultra).
In addition we showed how most specifications also link to their test suite which is a god place to get started for implementing and looking up implementation reports for what others have already built.
Questions and Answers
A few of the Q&A off the top of my head.
Q: How do build a decentralized version of Google Reader?
🌄 Magical sunrise, clouds, & fog on yesterday’s #TNFECS #ECSCA #50ktraining run. Started before #sunrise, ran up Fox, looked back to see the sun break over the headlands. The view from the top of Fox looked like a different land, no sign of SF except a small tip of Salesforce Tower.
Looking down Coastal Fire road at the longest of shadows, before descending right back into the clouds, their tops lit by the rising sun. Ran quite a ways under cloud cover until emerging on Coastal Trail on the way up to Cardiac Hill far above where I snacked and joined up with Morgan who caught up with a couple of friends
After a team-running-inspired speedy descent into Muir Woods, and rapidly navigating the maze of trails (from last week’s memory), cruising down the Sun Trail, trees for days. Another speedy ride down Dipsea, a tough climb, down a fire road to Muir Road, then unwinding the path back to Tennessee Valley for a brief aid-stop at the car.
Finally up Marincello on tired legs for the extra miles to hit marathon distance, then inspired to get more vert up to the top of Alta Trail, turning around before its forest descent, venturing out a side trail for views of Angel Island and Alcatraz before running back to the car as fast as my legs would take me.
27.3 miles and 5978' done. The farthest and most climbing I have run / power-hiked, and my last long run before my first 50k in four weeks.
Tam summit (#4) this morning. Chased @BryanTing once again to an uphill PR (sub-90min!), just made the 7:22 sunrise and sat on the rocks(1). Clear skies(2) from the start, faint streaks of orange before sunrise(3). Clear gradients 11 minutes before(4) sunrise, a leading orange glow 7 minutes before(5). Finally, sunrise from the door of the hut at the top(6), and a view from the rocks of the green hills below(7).
8.5 miles before 9 (2500+' climbed). Midweek #ECSCA #50ktraining session done.