Monday, August 31, 2020

Introduction to Pacific Crest Trail


Introduction to the Pacific Crest Trail

Probably many of my friends wonder what makes me tick?   Why would I want to run a marathon in every state.  Why would I want to climb the high point of every state?   Why on earth would I torture myself time and time again on the triathlon circuit, a finisher of 5 Ironman Distance Triathlons as well as 6 Half Ironman Distance Triathlons? 

Ultra running, endurance and multi-sport events became an addiction.  Before finishing one state marathon I was already planning my next state marathon or some other endurance activity.   When there were times I wasn’t registered for another marathon or training for the next marathon I felt like something was missing or an emptiness in my life. 

Now fast forward to 2017 and completing my 50 state marathon quest the most common questions was “what is next”?    I’ve hiked most of all the highest peaks in Southern California with only a couple peaks on my bucket list remaining to be worked in.    There are also a few state highpoints on my bucket list in the west I would like to knock off, but they are all pretty far way so it’s not something that simple to orchestrate.     I really didn’t know I wanted to do next and have been struggling to find a new challenge.  I really like cycling as a way to push myself, helps me to stay in shape but there’s not much planning for a weekend ride in the canyon.

I’ve been riding motorcycles since the 90’s and since moving to Los Angeles in 2007 a motorcycle has been my main form of transportation for commuting back and forth to and from the office. Unfortunately, from a motorcycle riding perspective, with most days providing clear skies and sunshine I had very little time to take advantage of my surroundings and get out and enjoy a weekend ride.  In 2016 I met a group of guys at a similar stage of life that go out for weekend adventures on their bikes from time to time a couple times a year and ride as a group usually with either fun routes or a fun destination (or both!).   The last weekend of January 2019 I took a ride down Rt. 74 from Hemet to Palm Desert and saw a chain of beautiful peaks that had immediately made an impression on me. 

When I returned home, after some research studying a few maps I learned that the PCT apparently went straight through this mountain chain and reached out to my friend Ron, another new friend of mine our daughters swim together and he apparently was into multi-sport as well as grueling hikes.   On 1/31/19 I texted him and suggested we should explore planning a point to point hike through this section of the mountains.   And his reply was “Let’s Do It”.   While we all have great thoughts but unless you put some effort into creating a plan it will never happen. 

Fast forward to May 25, 2020 and again I reached out to Ron.  I came up with an idea of sectioning off the trail starting at the Mexico border and work our way up to Los Angeles.  i.e. the Southern Section of the PCT.    I did some shopping on Amazon and picked up a PCT Guide book and a few maps which arrived June 25, 2020.    On June 25th I suggested July 4th weekend we begin the first leg of the hike, but the heat and trying to coordinate schedules nothing materialled.

On June 28th I was invited to hike the Blue Ridge Trail in the San Gabriels with my friend Peter.  This trail actually intersected with the PCT.   

Sign to PCT off of Blue Ridge Trail (June 28, 2020)

On July 1st I suggested we needed to pick a weekend to begin but coordination of schedules was again a challenge.   As a consolation finally on July On July 18th Ron invited me to join him on a hike of Mt. Baden-Powell (9,406 ft) which was actually our first hike together since talking about the PCT a year and a half earlier.    Ironically the trail to Baden-Powell also intersected and was part of the PCT and was another high point on my bucket list I could finally check off.  

Both of these last two hikes with Peter and Ron further wet my appetite to continue my plan to start my PCT adventure.   A point to point hike would be nearly impossible without two people, two vehicles, and two or more people crazy enough to take on this adventure/challenge. 

I'd had a few other hikes on or around the PCT over the past few years.

For example:

 

Idyllwild Hike - June 23, 2012

Idyllwild Hike - June 23, 2012

Idyllwild Hike - June 23, 2012

This brings us to August 2020.  I make a new friend and we did a 10 mile hike together in Orange County at the Laguna Coast Wilderness on August 30th and I planted the seed that I’m interested in sectioning off and hiking the PCT starting at the southern terminus.    A day later we settled on September 13, 2020 to begin the PCT.

 


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Brian Schweinhagen ~ 50 State Marathon Finisher












Marathon History


Click on Blue links for each state below for Marathon Recaps
Race Marathons Ironmans States Countries Continents State Country Date Time Pace Place
Marathon 1 1 1 1 Ohio USA 10/24/1993 3:19:18 7:36 369th Age
Ironman 2 1 2 Florida USA 10/22/1994 12:28:01/4:36:49 10:33 24th Age
Marathon 3 Ohio USA 11/12/1995 3:31:21 8:04 201st Age
Marathon 4 Ohio USA 11/10/1996 3:20:34 7:39 77th Age
Ironman 5 2 2 2 Australia 4/13/1997 11:30:30/4:10:26 9:33 115th Age
Marathon 6 Ohio USA 11/9/1997 3:22:30 7:43 70th Age
Marathon 7 3 Pennsylvania USA 3/3/1998 3:26:23 7:52 56th Age
Marathon 8 4 Illinois USA 10/11/1998 3:14:08** 7:24 1049th Overall
Marathon 9 Ohio USA 9/25/1999 6:58:10*/4:02:11 9:14 2nd Age Group
Marathon 10 5 Arizona USA 12/5/1999 3:19:48 7:37 223rd Overall
Marathon 11 6 Tennessee USA 4/29/2000 3:18:36 7:34 35th Age Group
Ironman 12 3 7 New York USA 7/30/2000 11:56:24/4:27:07 10:11 533rd Overall
Marathon 13 DC USA 10/22/2000 3:41:41 8:27 1538th Overall
Marathon 14 8 Louisiana USA 2/4/2001 3:27:22 7:54 127th Overall
Marathon 15 9 Colorado USA 8/19/2001 7:26:02 17:01 307th Male
Marathon 16 10 Kentucky USA 10/21/2001 3:43:36 8:32 7th Age Group
Marathon 17 11 Maryland USA 11/18/2001 3:52:35 8:54 302nd Male
Marathon 18 12 Virginia USA 3/16/2002 4:11:32 9:36 43rd Age Group
Marathon 19 13 Michigan USA 4/28/2002 4:15:15 9:44 42nd Male
Marathon 20 14 West Virginia USA 6/1/2002 3:49:14 8:44 13th Overall
Marathon 21 15 California USA 10/20/2002 3:46:49 8:39 51st Male
Marathon 22 16 Nevada USA 2/2/2003 3:55:52 9:00 100th Age Group
Marathon 23 17 North Carolina USA 3/29/2003 3:47:53 8:41 1st Age Group
Marathon 24 18 Delaware USA 4/26/2003 4:40:34 10:42 24th Overall
Marathon 25 19 New Jersey USA 4/27/2003 3:52:56 8:53 55th Age Group 
Marathon 26 20 South Dakota USA 10/12/2003 3:40:38 8:25 12th Age
Marathon 27 21 Indiana USA 10/18/2003 3:39:59 8:23 15th Age
Marathon 28 22 Georgia USA 2/7/2004 3:44:14 8:33 76th Overall
Marathon 29 23 Oklahoma USA 4/25/2004 3:48:18 8:42 35th Age
Marathon 30 24 Alabama USA 12/11/2004 3:48:33 8:42 52nd Age
Marathon 31 25 Arkansas USA 3/6/2005 4:04:36 9:20 47th Age
Marathon 32 26 Minnesota USA 6/18/2005 3:52:29 8:52 258th Age
Ultra 33 27 Oregon USA 11/05/2005 4:58 9:36 8th Overall 2nd Age
Marathon 34 28 Washington USA 11/27/2005 3:55:37 8:59 130th Age
Marathon 35 29 Massachusetts USA 4/17/2006 3:57:28 9:03 3,326th Male
Ironman 36 4 30 Idaho USA 6/25/2006 14:17:54/6:05:05 13:56 1,286th Overall
Marathon 37 31 Mississippi USA 1/5/2008 4:14:40 9:43 196th Overall 19th Age
Ironman 38 5 32 Hawaii USA 10/11/2008 12:51:01/4:32:09 10:23 1,287th Overall
Marathon 39 33 Utah USA 10/2/2009 3:49:38 8:45 217th Age
Marathon 40 34 Texas USA 12/5/2010 3:58:20 9:05 185th Age
Marathon 41 35 Missouri USA 4/10/2011 4:06:14 9:23 59th Age
Marathon 42 36 Nebraska USA 9/25/2011 3:51:28 8:50 15th Age
Marathon 43 37 Kansas USA 11/20/2011 3:45:12 8:35 57th Overall, 8th Age
Marathon 44 38 Iowa USA 10/21/2012 3:57:45 9:04 521st Overall, 54th Age
Marathon 45 39 Montana USA 7/14/2013 3:59:24 9:08 35th Age
Marathon 46 40 New Mexico USA 10/23/2013 4:06:58 9:25 136th Overall
Marathon 47 41 North Dakota USA 5/10/2014 3:52:33 8:52 47th Age
Marathon 48 42 Connecticut USA 10/11/14 4:09:19 9:30 118th Age
Marathon 49 43 Rhode Island USA 10/12/14 4:33:57 10:27 99th Age
Marathon 50 44 South Carolina USA 2/14/15 3:54:06 8:56 60th Age
Marathon 51 California USA 3/15/15 4:06:07 9:23 257th Age
Ultra 52 45 Wyoming USA 6/20/15 7:18:46 14:06 106th Overall
Marathon 53 46 New Hampshire USA 10/3/15 4:14:58 9:43 87th Overall
Marathon 54 47 Maine USA 10/4/15 4:33:42 10:26 50th Age
Marathon 55 48 Vermont USA 5/29/16 4:13:15 9:39 58th Age
Marathon 56 49 Wisconsin USA 10/15/16 4:18:27 9:51 112th Overall
Marathon 57 50 Alaska USA 6/10/17 4:22:31 10:01 15th Overall


Half Marathons
Race Location Date Time Pace
Muncie Endurathon Muncie, IN 8/29/1993 5:11:10/1:51:51 8:32
Dayton River Corridor Classic Dayton, OH 10/26/1993 1:35:05 7:15
Cleveland Classic Cleveland, OH 11/21/1993 1:30:16 6:53
Muncie Endurathon Muncie, IN 8/28/1994 4:59:19/1:49:37 8:22
Super Sunday Columbus, OH 10/9/1994 1:34:50 7:14
Muncie Endurathon Muncie, IN 8/20/1995 5:12:23/1:57:53 8:59
Muncie Endurathon Muncie, IN 9/7/1996 5:10:30/1:59:11 9:05
Columbus Half Marathon Columbus, OH 9/13/1998 1:28:45 6:46
Muncie Endurathon Muncie, IN 7/10/1999 5:15:16/1:49:42 8:22
Boise 70.3 Boise, ID 6/01/2008 5:44:40/1:56:43 8:54