With this weekend's predicted big rain, I was not sure what to expect for a Saturday training session. All week I had debated what to do--see there was a 12 hour MTB race out at Kualoa Ranch from Noon to Midnight scheduled too. I told Barbi if I was going to do anything for 12 hours, I had better run. Still the bike race sounded fun! My day did not start off too promising when I overslept by an hour. I called Cheryl at about 5:15 a.m. and she was already at the start. She said it was pouring as it was in Kailua as well and that I might want to consider just running in the garden. I really needed to get out on the trails so...I prepped for the worse. I packed up my things including a hat (I usually wear a visor), my Moeben arm sleeves, a Buff, and my Patagonia rain jacket and my wet trail day shoes. I also took the time to coat my feet with A & D Ointment. I learned that one from Ultra running legend Bob Murphy.
By the time I got to the start it was daylight out and I ran into Brenda, Ryan and ?. At this point it was not raining much--I even took off my rain jacket as I was warming up as we headed up to the falls. The trails were not in bad of shape at all as I made my way over to Nuuanu. I had certainly seen worse. Hmmm-things were looking up. I passed a bunch of people on the way into Nuuanu, Rex, Bozo, the N.S. boys, Rob, and as I got toward the bottom, Fish and Jeff. I thought it was strange that I didn't see Kat or Cheryl?? I passed Larry heading down as I headed up out of Nuuanu. My run from Nuuanu to the Nature Center was pretty uneventful--again the trails were in good shape. There was some wind though and it was pretty cool up on the ridges. I was glad I had my jacket. Fish and Jeff were at the Nature Center. I didn't spend a lot of time here and I again commented on not seeing Kat or Cheryl. They thought it was strange too that I had not passed them. Jeff wanted to head back out for a reverse trek loop so we headed up Hogsback. The last comment I made to to Fish and Jeff was, Wow, we've been lucky the rain has held off so far!! That would soon change dramatically.
Jeff and I chatted a bit down low on Hogsback but the last I heard was him getting a call on his cell phone and I never saw him again. I powered on up and headed over the crossover. It soon started to rain and rain some more. By the time I got to Kalawahine it was a river. In many places I was running through above ankle water on the trail. I made my way to the turnoff to go up the switchbacks of the Cliff trail to get to the Map room. This part of the trail was like running up a river. The water moved from ankle deep to knee deep in many places and it was cold. I was amazed at how much water was running off the hillsides. I was really chilled by the time I got to the Map room so I pulled out my sleeves and buff and put them both on. It really made a difference. As you can imagine the water heading down to the Flats was gushing. I knew I was approaching one area that I had seen have deep rushing water in the past. There is an area in the Bamboo as you approach Aihualama just before Leon's pie stand. I had never seen the water so wide, deep and fast here. I moved in staying close to the uphill bamboo so I could grab it if need be. The water got up to about thigh deep moving through here.
As I headed down Aihualama, the trail was in pretty good shape surprisingly. There was still an incredible amount of water moving through various sections of it, especially as I got down low. Again, I went through some knee deep sections. At this point, as I got near Manoa Falls, it was roaring. The falls were creating their own wind and the mist was blowing out. It was too wet to get my phone out for a photo. Surprisingly there were a few crazy people up here checking out the falls. I headed down thinking I was done for the day, not really wanting to go back out in these conditions by myself. However as I got almost to the bottom I ran into Mike M. and Leon. Mike was just heading out for a short trip as he had done 20 miles on Friday night and Leon was finished. I told Mike I had really wanted to get 40 in but had already decided I was not going back out by myself. He said he would go with me so we decided to head to Nuuanu. So...that's was we did--an over and back. The rain had let up and it was really quite pleasant out there. We had a few deep water crossings on the way over but most of it was running off fast. There were some great waterfalls in Nuuanu.
I found out later that Cheryl had taken Kat sight-seeing up the trail that over looks Nuuanu off the Flats trail and that was where I must have missed them. I didn't get in 40 but what I did was better than if I had not gone out at all--especially since I learned the MTB race (surprise!) had been postponed.
Thanks Mike for getting me back out there!!