|Packet Pickup - Waiting on the Briefing|
|The Start/Finish Area|
|A Blurry Look at an Early Section Showing Fall Color|
A quick pause here to note that while I took quite a few pictures during the daylight hours, I must have set something wrong on my phone camera because most were terribly blurry. So, very few are going to make it into this write-up.
|My Bark Camp Lake Error(s)|
|Dennis Runs Ahead on a Colorful Section of Trail|
|The Devil's Bathtub|
So, unless something bad happens, I am now qualified and guaranteed entry into the UTMB 100 for 2018. The question is should I even try? I've mentioned it before in write-ups, but unless I figure out a way around the eating issue later in races, I don't see how I could finish something that will take possibly eight hours longer than say Grindstone, where I was already finishing on fumes. Registration is in January, so there will be a lot of hard thinking between now and then. But for now, I'll just be glad to have survived another 100K (plus.)
A few weeks post-race, I went to the UTMB website to see if Cloudsplitter was showing up in my qualifying points list and what do I find??? Grindstone 2016 is now showing up! If you do not understand why I highlight this, I was going to be guaranteed entry for 2017 UTMB if I finished the 2016 Grindstone 100 (which was showing up on the UTMB site as a qualifying race.) I did finish but Grindstone did not submit its paperwork to the ITRA so it was not considered a qualifier when it came time for me to register for 2017 Mont Blanc. Now, a year later, it shows up... I could have either skipped 2017 Bryce Canyon or 2017 Cloudsplitter and still been qualified.
And below is where it shows I am guaranteed (priority) for 2018 UTMB.
As a twice rejected lottery applicant, I was supposed to be guaranteed entry for 2017 UTMB, but because Grindstone ultimately didn't count at the time to register for 2017, I had to register for the another Mont Blanc race, for which I had enough points, the TDS. I was unlucky in the draw, however. After Bryce Canyon, I e-mailed the UTMB board and pled my case. They graciously informed me that because my situation was unique and unfortunate, if I was qualified for the 2018 race, I would be guaranteed entry. So, I added Cloudsplitter to get my remaining four points and now with 2016 Grindstone counting, I didn't even need them. Still, I enjoyed the event and it really served to inform me that I need to get more serious about training for longer races like this.