Name: Nathan Ochsner
Occupation: Federal Judiciary Employee
Birthday: April 22, 1969
Number of Years Running: 6
Number of Marathons: 10
50mi-Sunmart 50 Mile Trail Run. Huntsville, Texas, December 7, 2000. Finished in 9 hours and 43 minutes. I was 9 out of 13 in my age group. The trail was dry and the weather was beautiful. This was my first Ultramarathon.
100mi-Rocky Racoon 100 Mile Trail Run. Hunstville, Texas, February 3 -4 , 2001. Finished in 23 hours and 30 minutes. At last count I was 36 out of 63 male finishers, but 30 people were still on the trail. Again, the trail was dry and the weather was beautiful. It was actually a 101 Mile run because I missed one of the turns and had to backtrack. Hey, it was dark.
Previous Badwater Racing: None
Previous Badwater Crewing: None
Previous Badwater Clinic None
Best Ultra Run Experience:
The 2001 Coon. I did a good job of pacing myself. It was a little cold but I felt good almost the entire time. I had unexpected support from my boss and his wife who were there to meet me at the beginning of each 20 mile loop. They had not made plans to come-out and help me and they really couldn't explain why they kept showing-up every few hours. They just said that they felt bad for me because I didn't have any other support. My wife is usually at all of my races but we have a new baby. Truth be told - the 4th of February was the 6th year anniversary of a horrible accident my father had. The accident took his life. I believe my boss and his wife were pulled there by a father who still watches over his kids.
I was kind-of out of it by the last loop of my 100 mile race. I never should have watched the movie "The Blair Witch Project" because that kind of stuff can spook you out when you're running through the woods in the middle of the night by yourself. Looking back on it though, the weirdest experience was the fact that I was on my feet for 24 hours and enjoyed almost every minute of it. When someone asks "why did you run 100 miles" I cannot give them a good answer that they would understand.
My most challenging ultrarunning experience came in both the 50 mile and 100 mile race. The experience is called an "out and back." They are so tough. It sometimes seems like the "out" point gets farther away each time. The only good part about them is you get to wave to your fellow runners as they pass by and gauge your pace by seeing who's in front of you and who's behind you.
They make me feel good (period).
If ultras make me feel good I figure Badwater will make me feel great.
I have done 3 Ironman distance triathlons. In fact, my first triathlon of any distance was the Esprit Triathlon - an ironman distance race in Montreal, Canada.
Possibly the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. I have not contacted them but it is something I am definitely going to pursue.English: yes
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