RUNNING AMONG THE GIANTS TDG 2014
Nickademus Hollon 76hrs 29min's, 2nd place.
|Ooo look pretty mountains (Mont Blanc at sunrise)|
Later that afternoon was the bib ceremony. I danced through a large crowd to California Love by Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre (I have no clue how to dance to it).
|Pretending I knew how to dance|
|Nickademus not Nichademus....|
Andale then onto the race....
|The start way too fast and full of people!|
|Look ma' no hands!|
|What the hell are these? Rocks? We don't have any in San Diego....|
|Nobody told me my hair looked like Willy Wonka....|
|Smiling 100.0km in!|
|Yay it's pretty!|
|Post-cold shower Jade and Sean gathered me normal food this time! Huzzah!|
|Just look at that smile! Epitome of joy right?|
Lighting storms, ascents, full moons, pretty alpine scenery, mud, forever long downhill ect...ect...
I arrive in Gressoney. I'm dead tired and want to sleep. O wait photographers. Look alive!
|O hello photographers, just lil' 'ol me acting like I ain't done 'nuttin.|
|Eyeing the cups of yogurt|
Half-way up Col Pintor, I go delirious and start singing out loud to cows. It's not until I hit Crest (220.0km) that I take 15 minutes to sleep. Jade calls my phone, waking me up.
|Apparently, this cow did not like my singing voice....|
"Nick, get down in here" I get going and haul-butt to Saint Jacque to meet her. She paces me to Valtournache. I forget about the race and pretend that we're just hiking and off to go eat good Minestrone. The minestrone, was delicous....
|To Valtournache we go!!|
|Ooo sweet pizza|
Rain comes down hard and a fog rolls in. I arrive at the Vareton checkpoint. And take a 20 minute nap. Running total: 54hrs, Sleep Total: 1hr 5min's.
Climbs, ascents, Ibex, pretty, pretty ya...ya...ya...I arrive at Rifugio Cuney!
|Yes, that's an alien popping out of my chest.|
Knee pain, doctor, whining, pain med. Jade says, "Nick 15 min sleep!" I say "yes mam."
Christophe Le Saux comes in and out the aid station and passes me, taking 4th place from me.
|Jade the girl of the hour!|
|Oyace! Corrado (L) Jade (R) Augusto (Bottom) Nick (Eating, always eating...)|
Half-way through the delicous plate of food gets swooped away from me by Sean "borrowed time Nick!" Who the hells time was I borrowing??? And why were they such a dick!?!
Corrado and his son Dennis pace me into Ollomont. I start the climb feeling awake. But things go quickly south.
Leaves turn to spiders. Okay seen that. Sticks to snakes. Okay nothing new. Corrado becomes a big fuzzy blur. Okay whatever. Nearly fall of the trail. Eh. Stop to take off rain jacket and then look at Dennis...
Despite my delirium and sleep deprivation, at the next aid station I discover that I've gained nine minutes on Christophe Le Saux (3rd) and Antoinne Guillame (2nd).
At Ollomont I take a 20 minute nap. Sleep total: 1hr 40min's, Run Total: too many sunrises and sunsets to recall...
Sean is pacing alongside me as hallucinations come in and out. A full moon sits atop the Col. Where were we headed? The Moon dammit!
6km before Bosses. We are on the heels of Christophe, Antoinne and one of their pacers. It's the most awkward, long-lasting pass I've ever done in my life.
I speed walk. They alternate between running and walking. This lasts way too long. Eventually, I speed up and put fifteen minutes on them as I arrive in Bosses, now in 2nd place.
Col Malatra is more ascending, nerves, looking back, hot, eating, always eating ect...ect...
No one notices that I am racing. I am sad and start singing Mr Cellophane from Chicago in my head.
Giant helicopter with a film crew follows me all the way up the last 1,000ft of the climb. I am happy and turn into Leonidas from the movie 300.
|Wraggghhhh I is man!!!!|
The last 13km from Rifugio Bertone to the finish line drag on forever. Dozens of my friends and locals join me on the last few hundred meters as we run into Courmayeur together.
|Aosta Valley is full of amazing people :)|
|Jade! Fancy seeing you here!|
|TDG 2014 2nd place, 76hrs 29min's. Nickademus (not Nichademus) Hollon|
|Why Jade, why did you pick the hotel room on the third story???????|