After peaking up the mileage thus, this early in the season, it was time for a planned rest week. Happily this coincided with the SD100 race weekend on June 6-7. I had made plans to volunteer at SD100 as an Ultra Medical Team medic. UMT Director Nick assigned me to Penny Pines 1 and 2 (mile 34.5 and mile 56 respectively). I spent an extremely fun day helping out runners at these aid stations, dealing with blisters and hot spots on feet, extreme bonk, nausea, and the various sorts of "-itis" that crop up in these races. A very interesting "case" involved a runner who came in at mile 34.5 with achilles pain. After examining the runner's achilles and shoes I saw that the runner's shoe had a very stiff heel cup that was irritating the achilles tendon. Based on my own experience with this situation, I made the recommendation that we try cutting the back of the shoe to take the pressure off the tendon; after being reassured that the runner had a spare pair of shoes in case this didn't work out, we proceeded to cut vertical slits in the heel cup adjacent to the achilles tendon. The runner went on and came through at mile 56 reporting that the fix had eliminated the tendon pain!
Nick as always was everywhere on course. Here is photo of our Director heading off into the night on a trail bike to reverse sweep the course:
Here are some more adventures I have had with the UMT:
Volunteering with the UMT at the 2014 AC100:
Race medic at Kodiak 100, Sept 2014