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Badwater Bliss - Death Valley, CA - 7.23.2007



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Badwater: From the perspective of a member of Lisa Bliss' crew

WEBSITES: Badwater Ultramarathon | Lisa's Blog | Dave Bursler's Blog

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Weighing in
Weighing in
Off to the start
Off to the start
Research subject
Research subject
Research Team studies fluid, electrolyte and hormonal balance
Research Team studies fluid, electrolyte and hormonal balance
Drawing blood
Drawing blood
Jamie Mieras - podiatry and research assistant
Jamie Mieras - podiatry and research assistant
Jeff Lynn - Medic
Jeff Lynn - Medic
Applying sweat patch
Applying sweat patch
Lisa helps out
Lisa helps out
Good veins - can't miss that one!
Good veins - can't miss that one!
Valmir Nunes from Brazil
Valmir Nunes from Brazil
Team Nunes
Team Nunes
Team Bliss (Lisa, Larry, Dave B, Dave H)
Team Bliss (Lisa, Larry, Dave B, Dave H)
Team Bliss with Glenn (Dori will join us after mile 17)
Team Bliss with Glenn (Dori will join us after mile 17)
Tracy Thomas
Tracy Thomas
Badwater - 282 feet below sea level
Badwater - 282 feet below sea level
Lisa Smith-Batchen& Greg Pressler
Lisa Smith-Batchen
& Greg Pressler
Group Photo
Group Photo
10:00 am starters
10:00 am starters
visor up!
visor up!
Lisa!
Lisa!
David Goggins, Tracy Thomas & Greg Pressler
David Goggins,
Tracy Thomas
& Greg Pressler
Valmir Nunes
Valmir Nunes
Pressler from Portland
Pressler from Portland
Chris Frost, Lisa & Marshall
Chris Frost, Lisa & Marshall
Pressler at the start
Pressler at the start
Friends - together again to share the course after 3 years
Friends - together again to share the course after 3 years
The 10:00 start
The 10:00 start
Vans & Runners
Vans & Runners
Valmir Nunes will win the race and break the course record
Valmir Nunes will win the race and break the course record
Valmir Nunes
Valmir Nunes
Go Nunes! SJ
Go Nunes! SJ
Valmir Nunes
Valmir Nunes
Jorge Pacheco
Jorge Pacheco
Chase
Chase
Dean Karnazes& Akos Konya
Dean Karnazes
& Akos Konya
Dean & Akos
Dean & Akos
DK
DK
Akos Konya - will come in 2nd place
Akos Konya - will come in 2nd place
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Albert Vallee& David Goggins
Albert Vallee
& David Goggins
Christian Fatton
Christian Fatton
Achim Heukemes& Tim Neckar
Achim Heukemes
& Tim Neckar
Jamie Donaldson from Colorado
Jamie Donaldson from Colorado
Jamie Donaldson
Jamie Donaldson
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Chris Frost the Mayor of Malibou!
Chris Frost the "Mayor of Malibou"!
Charlie Engle - will come in 5th place
Charlie Engle - will come in 5th place
Noora Alidina - will finish 2nd place woman
Noora Alidina - will finish 2nd place woman
Noora Alidina
Noora Alidina
Marshall Ulrich - ultrarunner/adventurer extraordinaire
Marshall Ulrich - ultrarunner/adventurer extraordinaire
Marshall Ulrich
Marshall Ulrich
Lisa Bliss
Lisa Bliss
Whooo!
Whooo!
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Linda McFadden
Linda McFadden
Larry Ham - Crew
Larry Ham - Crew
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precision
precision
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DK - will come in 10th place
DK - will come in 10th place
David Goggins - will come in 3rd
David Goggins - will come in 3rd
Jamie Donaldson
Jamie Donaldson
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Team Bliss
Team Bliss
Crewing action
Crewing action
Anticipation
Anticipation
Charlie Engle
Charlie Engle
Tracy Thomas - will finish 3rd
Tracy Thomas - will finish 3rd
Noora Alidina
Noora Alidina
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Greg Pressler
Greg Pressler
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David Goggins
David Goggins
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Tracy Thomas
Tracy Thomas
Dave Heckman - Crew, Lisa & Chris sharing joy (again) on the road from Badwater to Whitney
Dave Heckman - Crew, Lisa & Chris sharing joy (again) on the road from Badwater to Whitney
having a great time
having a great time
alone
alone
Manoel de Jesus Mendes
Manoel de Jesus Mendes
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caught peeing!
caught peeing!
Spray.  Notice that there are no shadows - overcast and relatively cool at 115 degrees F
Spray. Notice that there are no shadows - overcast and relatively "cool" at 115 degrees F
Lisa Smith-Batchen
Lisa Smith-Batchen
Pressler
Pressler
streamlined crewing. humidity is high.
streamlined crewing. humidity is high.
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Lisa & Greg
Lisa & Greg
Repeat : )
Repeat : )
windy
windy
Dave Bursler - Crew
Dave Bursler - Crew
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Lisa S-B
Lisa S-B
Pressler having fun
Pressler having fun
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baton pass
baton pass
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Tracy Thomas
Tracy Thomas
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Lisa & Dave
Lisa & Dave
Bursler
Bursler
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Tracy
Tracy
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Near Furnace Creek
Near Furnace Creek
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Furnace CreekMile 17
Furnace Creek
Mile 17
DC Lundell
DC Lundell
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Lisa SB and pacer/crew George
Lisa SB and pacer/crew George
Monica Otero
Monica Otero
Dori Robertson - Crew
Dori Robertson - Crew
Lisa's weight fluctuated between 3% up and 6% down but was easily corrected each time
Lisa's weight fluctuated between 3% up and 6% down but was easily corrected each time
Preparing to pace
Preparing to pace
Webcam
Webcam
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Ian Parker
Ian Parker
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loving the moments
loving the moments
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Ian Parker
Ian Parker
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awesome crew
awesome crew
Tim Kjenstad
Tim Kjenstad
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Sand Dunes
Sand Dunes
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Stovepipe WellsMile 41.9
Stovepipe Wells
Mile 41.9
David Balsley
David Balsley
Lisa Smith-Batchen and Lisa leaped frogged each other many times on the course
Lisa Smith-Batchen and Lisa leaped frogged each other many times on the course
Stovepipe Wells, about 42 miles
Stovepipe Wells, about 42 miles
DC Lundell
DC Lundell
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Research stop.  Dry clothes, new shoes, blood draw, eating
Research stop. Dry clothes, new shoes, blood draw, eating
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talking to Woofie
talking to Woofie
Lisa's research buddy, Jeff Lynn & Andy Jacobson
Lisa's research buddy, Jeff Lynn & Andy Jacobson
sopping wet
sopping wet
42 miles done, 93 more to go!
42 miles done, 93 more to go!
running again, got an 18 mile climb ahead
running again, got an 18 mile climb ahead
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John Radich
John Radich
Erhard Weiss
Erhard Weiss
Peter Meyer
Peter Meyer
Larry Ham pacing
Larry Ham pacing
Mark Cockbain
Mark Cockbain
Annie Monot
Annie Monot
the climb starts
the climb starts
Greg Pressler
Greg Pressler
Lisa S-B
Lisa S-B
Nattu Natraj
Nattu Natraj
Gary Hillard
Gary Hillard
up up!
up up!
John Radich
John Radich
Climb to Townes Pass
Climb to Townes Pass
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Blister Management
Blister Management
they don't look bad but there are already calluses and blisters deep to those
they don't look bad but there are already calluses and blisters deep to those
made a metatarsal pad to try to unload the balls of  the feet
made a metatarsal pad to try to unload the balls of the feet
wet feet - not good.  you can see the start of right tibialis anterior tendinitis
wet feet - not good. you can see the start of right tibialis anterior tendinitis
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Panamint SpringsMile 72.3
Panamint Springs
Mile 72.3
Father Crowley'sMile 80.2
Father Crowley's
Mile 80.2
5 minute break
5 minute break
Life is good!
Life is good!
Larry Ham
Larry Ham
Sunrise
Sunrise
Day 2.  Sun's coming up.
Day 2. Sun's coming up.
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Pyro
Pyro
power walk?
power walk?
blisters are painful
blisters are painful
Beautiful morning light
Beautiful morning light
More blister management
More blister management
43 minute stop
43 minute stop
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Jamie Mieras - podiatry
Jamie Mieras - podiatry
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Concerned
Concerned
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Lisa does her own blister treatment
Lisa does her own blister treatment
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Metatarsal pads work
Metatarsal pads work
Dr. Megan Dell - Medic
Dr. Megan Dell - Medic
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leaving Death Valley National Park
leaving Death Valley National Park
running again
running again
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Lisa & Dr. Kent Wang - Medic & buddy from residency in Chicago
Lisa & Dr. Kent Wang - Medic & buddy from residency in Chicago
Darwin time stationMile 90
Darwin time station
Mile 90
90 miles, 23 hours. Feeling recharged.
90 miles, 23 hours. Feeling recharged.
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Ready to race now
Ready to race now
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focused
focused
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chasing her shadow
chasing her shadow
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Lisa S-B
Lisa S-B
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running more
running more
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Lisa S-B and Leigh
Lisa S-B and Leigh
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Glenn Tachiyama - Crew (who's behind his camera?!)
Glenn Tachiyama - Crew (who's behind his camera?!)
look, more runners!  Lisa and Glenn in back
look, more runners! Lisa and Glenn in back
short-sleeved shirt covers up the sun-beaten shoulders
short-sleeved shirt covers up the sun-beaten shoulders
rolling
rolling
sexy poses after passing runners
sexy poses after passing runners
is it HOT out here or what!
is it HOT out here or what!
skin and ?
skin and ?
back to business, got a race to run
back to business, got a race to run
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Scott - Volunteer
Scott - Volunteer
Hmm, some were wondering....
Hmm, some were wondering....
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Bliss and Bursler bickering?
Bliss and Bursler bickering?
Dori
Dori
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Removing...
Removing...
...& replacing...
...& replacing...
...sweat patch...
...sweat patch...
...on the...
...on the...
...run
...run
Jeff Lynn - Medic
Jeff Lynn - Medic
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real ginger ale goes down well
real ginger ale goes down well
Whitney in the distance
Whitney in the distance
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Glenn paces into Lone Pine, Jamie Donaldson who lead the race, is just ahead about a mile
Glenn paces into Lone Pine, Jamie Donaldson who lead the race, is just ahead about a mile
Lone PineMile 122
Lone Pine
Mile 122
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photo credit: Dave Heckman
photo credit: Dave Heckman
moved into first place just after the left turn onto the Portal Road
moved into first place just after the left turn onto the Portal Road
Portal Road up Mt. Whitney.  The last 13 mile stretch.
Portal Road up Mt. Whitney. The last 13 mile stretch.
happy
happy
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the climb starts gradually
the climb starts gradually
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Is Dave B ordering Lisa to run up the mountain?
Is Dave B ordering Lisa to run up the mountain?
Does Lisa care?
Does Lisa care?
Hair brush instead
Hair brush instead
But...we're all still concerned about holding on to first place
But...we're all still concerned about holding on to first place
It ain't over till it's over.  Must still focus on getting up the mountain.
It ain't over till it's over. Must still focus on getting up the mountain.
Whitney still seems so far away...
Whitney still seems so far away...
Dori helps with power walking
Dori helps with power walking
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Dan DominyVideographer
Dan Dominy
Videographer
Towards Whitney
Towards Whitney
Whitney - getting closer?
Whitney - getting closer?
the foliage changes with the elevation
the foliage changes with the elevation
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nighttime vests for the second time as dusk nears
nighttime vests for the second time as dusk nears
smile for the camera!
smile for the camera!
motivation animation
motivation animation
up up.
up up.
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nearing the finish
nearing the finish
Moonscape
Moonscape
First Woman!
First Woman!
34 hours 33 minutes
34 hours 33 minutes
Rockstar!
Rockstar!
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Chris Kostman, Race Director, presents the finisher's medal
Chris Kostman, Race Director, presents the finisher's medal
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Team Bliss helped make it happen
Team Bliss helped make it happen
Can't go yet!  Got to get blood drawn again for the research study.
Can't go yet! Got to get blood drawn again for the research study.
Fun blood draw?  Nothing is painful right now.
Fun blood draw? Nothing is painful right now.
...always something to say...
...always something to say...
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Bursler & Ham
Bursler & Ham
Tom Triumph
Tom Triumph
Cold at the finish line. She will have the crew crank up the heat in the van on the drive back to the hotel in Lone Pine.
Cold at the finish line. She will have the crew crank up the heat in the van on the drive back to the hotel in Lone Pine.