Baldomero Fernandez (@mr.baldomero) — Cyclops
Hard to capture in 10 photos the story of running 50 miles in Bryce Canyon. Race began at 5am with temperatures in the 20’s and flurries. Running up the side of a slick and frozen mountain. Gradually by noon the temps were in the 40’s and the vistas changed from meandering alpine meadows to more of the red rock formations with Bristle Cone pines Bryce is famous for. Running the ridges among the hoodoos was spectacular and photos do not even come close to capturing the stunning beauty. The highlights were seeing my family at the 25, 32 and 38 mile aid stations. After mile 38 With temps in the mid 50’s the race really began in earnest, the final 12 miles being a roller coaster of hills, physical and mental challenges including some of the hardest climbing of the entire race. Mile 45-48 being the hardest 3 miles I’ve ever ran in my life. Actually running is not accurate it was closer to a crawl. The last 2 miles we’re down hill and knowing my peeps were waiting for me gave me back my legs and spirit. It was an amazing hard to describe experience that I have no desire to do again anytime soon but knowing I probably will.
Bryce Canyon Ultra 50 miler done and in the books 13hrs 24mins +6850ft net elevation gain at 8100ft of altitude. Will update later with race report. But my main two intentions accomplished: 1. I finished. 2. I didn’t poop my shorts. Almost did not accomplish both those goals. It was hard AF!
I am so lucky. Photography has given me so much. It has given me unforgettable experiences, a way to make a living but most important of all it has given me friendships and relationships I’ll cherish forever. Just last night Frank Ockenfels 3 sent me this photo of my younger self. In my short time working with @fwo3 I learned a little about photography and a lot about art and most of all he taught me some lessons about generosity that continue to be invaluable today.