1) The traditional thinking about Sawtooth is that, if you want to win, you need to get to Crosby (62 miles) by sunset. Only a few have ever done that, but all but one of them has gone on to finish well. The rationale is that the terrain is so rugged that you want to do as much as possible during daylight.
I got to thinking about the F.A.N.S. 24 hour, where Paul Hasse told me the race starts in the second 12 hours. The person leading at sunset rarely leads at sunrise. The idea is to run comfortably for the first half and then race, or at least slow down less than others, for the second half.
Adam Schwartz-Lowe's run at Sawtooth this year has me thinking that Sawtooth is also a night race; he missed the win by a few minutes, by starting conservatively and running well at night. The best way to run it probably is to run comfortably until sundown and then try to push at night. For those going for the win, that would be hitting Finland (50.5 miles) at sundown. Intentionally planning to run the Sonju root fields in the dark seems odd, but the energy saved might make the Crosby/Manitou gorges easier (not "easy", just easier).
2) I kinda want to run it again.
1 week ago