Photos from Halfmax, the USAT Long Course National Championships, in Boulder City, NV, just outside of Las Vegas at beautiful Lake Mead.
Halfmax National Championships
Boulder City, NV
Saturday, October 19, 2008
Bike Mile 52 – Climbing the final “hill” toward T2, spectators were lined up at all the highway “Scenic Overlook” pull-offs. Yes, it was that hilly. This climb featured an ending with a mile long at 8% grade. And yes, it was tough.
Bike Mile 55.8 – Just after cresting the final mountain to the town of Boulder City, I had the water bottled tipped upright in attempts to get down a last salt tablet before starting the run course. By this point the heat had climbed to a very dry 85F. In short time it would climb higher.
Run Mile 5 – The run course was among the toughest I have ever raced. With gradual up hills and downs, each climbing or dropping 400 to 500 feet in 1 to 2 mile increments, the course coupled with the dry heat and the hilly bike course, made this a very challenging run.