I’m not sure how those lows in ultramarathons just die away and succumb to the highs, but the stubbornness to see a 100 mile race through always seems to have these transitions. Such was the case for my recent finish/win of the Grand Mesa 100 in Grand Mesa National Forest.
The Grand Mesa Ultras consist of 33km, 55km, 50mi, and 100 mi races. It’s a family-like, lower key atmosphere, with a midsize number of runners in each race. It’s what I envision many ultramarathons were like back in the pre-internet era when you’d only know about these races through word of mouth.