Q & A With First-Time 100 Mile Finisher Sue Luck

Sue Luck Dinosaur Valley 100

One of the North Texas Team Dirt and Vert members completed her first 100 mile ultra at Dinosaur Valley on November 21-22, 2020.

We asked her a few questions about the event and her takeaways.

Congratulations to Sue and we look forward to seeing you cover many miles leading up to your next 100 mile race.

1- Tell us all about your first 100M race. Was it what you expected?

It was the toughest race I had ever done. I expected this going into the race that it was going to be hard mentally and physically. I am glad I did it because it challenged me mentally more than anything else.

2- What was your longest race distance prior to DV and what made you choose this race?

The longest race I had ever done prior to this race was the Spartan Ultra which is a 50K and 70 obstacles. I choose this race because my good friend Jackie had reached out to me mentioning that this 100 miler race had a huge discount code for signing up.

3- How did the pandemic impact your training or race preparation?

The pandemic was actually a blessing for me in training for the race. It gave me a positive goal to look forward to and to stay active. Since the lock down in March 2020 I was able to work from home so I had more time dedicated to my training all summer long leading up to the race. Some days I ran early in the mornings or right after work. I devoted more time researching and testing out my gear to prepare for the race.

4- In hindsight, what would you have done differently in training or race execution?

If I can change one thing in my training is to speed walk more. I mostly ran nonstop in my training schedule. In hindsight I ended up walking most of the night. The major thing I would do differently is consume more food and calories during the race and hit up the aid stations more.  I bonked on a couple of the loops due to not eating enough food.

5- Now that you’ve completed your first 100M, what’s next?

I would like to run more trail races in 2021. I plan on doing this race again. The race director and volunteers were very supportive. They did an amazing job organizing this event! I love supporting local races.

Sue Luck Dinosaur Valley 100

Q & A With First-Time 100 Mile Finisher Tiago Camilo

Tiago Camilo Dinosaur Valley 100 Mile Finisher ActiveJoe Racing

One of the North Texas Team Dirt and Vert members completed his first 100 mile ultra at Dinosaur Valley on November 21-22, 2020.

We asked him a few questions about the event and his takeaways.

Congratulations to Tiago and we look forward to seeing you cover many miles leading up to your next 100 mile race.

 

1. Tell us all about your first 100M race. Was it what you expected?

No and big no! I imagined my first 100M to be the perfect experience, with a crew, a pacer and mountains, a lot of mountains, that is what I love. In the begging of the year I was aligned to participate in Silverheels 100, which could provide me such experience, but due to covid restrictions I just did not believe that the races was happening and the motivation to train just drop 100%, therefore pushing me off the race. At the same time I also saw Dinosaur Valley at a very competitive price, this was in January and jump to it as well. Similar to Silverheels, my understanding was that this race was algo going to be re-schedule or canceled… to my surprise it wasn’t.
The time was approaching and the lack of motivation to actually train was still present. 2 days to the race day I convince my wife that I was going to run a trail race… the idea was that I was going there to train and enjoy the race, not really sure how long I was going through, 2 to 5 hours max, but deep inside I was aiming for 30 to 40Miles. One day to race day, I finally read the race guide.. and learned that there was not going to be water on course, and for some reason I felt that 10Miles loops were going to be easy and therefore, I would no need to have drop bags as well.. crazy decision..
I start slowly and building my pace along the race, after the first afternoon heat wave, everything was great, and slowly I start to convince my self that I was able to actually finish it, even for a crazy old guy with no training 😊

2. What was your longest race distance prior to DV and what made you choose this race?

The longest race I did at the time was Cross Timber 50 Miles, but for that one I really trained 😊

3. How did the pandemic impact your training or race preparation?

What preparation? That was the issue, there was no preparation, just regular running on Sundays Struggles with Gracie and some minor weekdays runs, I just did not believe the race was still on.

4. In hindsight, what would you have done differently in training or race execution?

Actually train for a 100Miles, more time on top of my legs. Read course guide with 1 month in advance. The race started slow, since I was still trying to understand what I was doing. On the 3rd lap the heat, lack of water and calories, close throwed me out of the race. I was ready to give back my ship, when the race crew pull me over and forced me to eat. So first lesson, was you need to prepare this in advance.. bring enough water and calories with you… I waited for the cold of the night, and everything changed, I was able to run and enjoy running under the moon. I even end up with a negative split at 50M.

5. Now that you’ve completed your first 100M, what’s next?

Aim for my elected 100M race, the SilverHeels 100M and 2022 try to aim for Moab240
Tiago Camilo Dinosaur Valley 100 Mile Finisher ActiveJoe Racing