The Rim to Rim fastest known time is 3:06.10 by Jared Scott. That seemed fast but within reason. For the last 10 days or so I couldn't get that time out of my head. I constantly thought of splits and how to make 3:06 happen. The plan was to run hard through Phantom Ranch and then use poles and try to finish at about the same speed we did on the 3rd. This what followed:
Cottonwood Campground 45 mins (6.8 miles)
Phantom Ranch 1:31 (13.7 miles)
3.5 Miles to go sign 2:20 (17.4 miles)
South Rim 3:19
|North Kaibab as my sun disappeared|
1. In retrospect I went out too hard. That was the plan though. I figured it was better to set myself up to run fast with the risk of dying then play it conservative and never be close. I died. A little pace specific training would have gone a long way.
2. Walking behind a donkey train for 8 mins didn't help. This probably only cost me 4 mins since I was walking the whole time but it's still a little annoying walking through fresh logs and puddles.
3. 1.5 liters of water just isn't enough in the desert when the high's 85. I had electrolyte tabs and gu to spare but with no water they did me no good. I guess there's always next time...