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Bandera 2013: Men’s Top 5 Q&A Bonus

Here are some Q&A goodies from four of the top five men in the Bandera 100km scamper that didn’t make it in the results summary.

Lots of great stuff here!


Sage Canaday – 1st – 8:13:49 – Course Record

EB – Was this your first trail race in Texas? How did you feel coming into the race after an excellent second place showing at UROC 100km last September?

It was my first trail race in Texas and I was very impressed with the scenery, hills and landscape. I felt a bit more confident doing this 100km because of my positive experience at UROC. However, 100km is still the farthest I’ve ever run so I knew the distance was going to be a big challenge for me.

Paul Terranova – 3rd – 8:55:41

EB – After putting together an impressive string of 100 mile finishes during the ultra slam in 2012 and the Hawaii Ironman championship in October, how was the mind and body feeling coming into Bandera 100km?

I took a good full month (almost all of November) really easy after Hawaii, caught up on home and vehicle projects that had been deferred all summer, and then eased back into it with some of the basics including cross-training classes, yoga, core work, and easy running. Rogue Running’s El Sendero 60km in early December was a great way to get in a hard, long run and gauge where my fitness level was. Two weeks later we ventured out to Bandera for a 2-day weekend training camp, got in 35 miles on Saturday and a 15 miler on Sunday, and previewed the critical sections multiple times. I knew I had good legs and was ready to roll on Saturday morning!

EB – Was there a specific moment on loop two where you said, I need to dig deep, I need to try and separate from those right behind me?

Yeah, immediately at the Lodge turnaround and then again in between Chapas and Cross Roads when I caught a glimpse of Karl in the fields. “Do not get caught!” I thought to myself. Fortunately, I managed my efforts/energy really well here and the trail conditions on Loop two turned out to be better/faster than on Loop one. Huge thanks to Dave J for coming back out to pace for the 9-mile stretch from Cross Roads-out to Last Chance.

EB – You couldn’t help but see the joy in your face as you crossed the finish line. What were some of your strongest memories from the day?

It was an absolute dream day where everything went my way, hydration/fueling plan was spot on, and it’s always fun to race well at a local event where so many friends are also running, volunteering, and cheering. A close friend Greg Bourgeois from business school at UT passed away from cancer right before Christmas at the young age of 34. His initials “GB” were on all of my bottles on Saturday. Many times I thought of how hard he fought to stay alive, and even though in the end it wasn’t enough, that kept me pushing the pace late into the race.

Karl Meltzer – 4th – 9:01:27

EB -You came into the race a bit gimpy and without much Karl-like training. With that being said, how did you feel race morning? Were you ready to drop the Karl Klub 😉 and get after it?

When I started out, I didn’t go hard at all, it felt easy. Not having run much, it felt damn good to be there. My leg has typically felt fine for the first few miles, and I didn’t know what to expect, but as I went along, maybe 15 minutes into it, it felt fine, so my “dancing” on the rocks felt easy. I will say, I’ve been sleeping in a Hypoxico altitude tent at 10,000 feet, so I really feel that has something to do with my cardio strength.  And running eight minute miles still feels easy, even out of shape.

EB – After the first 50km loop, you were snuggled nicely in 5th position and looking very smooth. What did you think of the course after the preview loop? Any thoughts running through your mind heading out on loop two?
I mentioned to Jeff Browning about 15 minutes into the race, “if it’s this technical all the way, I’m gonna thrive on my second lap.”  That pretty much rang true as I could tell others around me at the time were working harder than I was, just to keep up on the rocky junk and mud. Browning is great at technical too, so he had no problem, but everyone else seemed to be working harder.
EB – You have been in this sport for a few years ;), what keeps you lacing them up, getting to that start line, and laying it all on the trail? What is your motivation?

I love to race, I love competition, and I love to push myself to see what I can do. I had no expectations going into this race, being somewhat injured at the start, I had no pressure at all. I just ran like I always do.  For me, the motivation just comes from being out on a trail, enjoying it. Seeing a new course is always inspiring too.  It keeps it real, not running the same stuff all the time, like a lot of folks I know do.

Erik Stanley – 5th – 9:21:50

EB – Bandera 100km was your first 100k and a USATF championship no less. How did you feeling physically and mentally coming into the race?

Coming into the race I was pretty nervous. I sometimes get nervous, but I was more nervous than usual. I was curious to see how I would stack up against some of the best runners in the country. I got a little carried away thinking I needed to jump in with a bang and added some unnecessary stress. Physically I was fine. I had not got in as much training as I had hoped. My wife and I just bought our first house early December and that added some stress and consumed a good deal of time and energy. But, there are always excuses.

EB – Having ran and won Cactus Rose 50 mile last October with near ideal weather and trail conditions, the conditions for Bandera were a bit different. How would you describe it?

I focused too much before hand and during the race on the conditions. I let it frustrate me and get to my head. I was pissed at the mud and heat and spent too much time worrying about something that was out of my control. Cactus Rose was great. I only had one five mile stretch or so of struggle, but never doubted I would finish. I got by on minimal nutrition and was fortunate to win. During the Bandera race I continued to question and doubt because I felt smooth through Cactus and quite the opposite early on at Bandera.

EB – What were some of your strongest memories from the day?

Looking out off the peak of the trail and seeing nothing but fog. The time I spent standing at the trail to Cross Roads (literally) deciding how I would continue on or not. The reality is I didn’t need to know the answer, but just to keep moving forward. Gary pulling me along for a good while. Seeing my wife and parents and friends from the Off Rogues at the finish!

EB – What were some of your biggest lessons from the day?

I am stronger mentally than I gave myself credit. The 100k is a long race and most runners will struggle. Don’t quit. As Joe said- You have your peaks and valleys and you will come around.

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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