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Aiming for Redemption: Conquering Lake Sonoma 50

Aiming for Redemption. Enjoying The Journey to Conquering Lake Sonoma 50 by Jason Bahamundi for Run Tri Mag

Good things come to those who wait. That is a cliche that is intended to indicate that those who are patient will reap rewards. I believe that this is true but in my initial attempt at Lake Sonoma 50 the patience was not rewarded. Today, I am aiming for redemption and an opportunity at conquering this relentless 50 mile course. The memories of my first attempt bounce around my head and will be used as motivation for this upcoming training cycle.

The Challenge: A Race Against Time and Unpredictable Conditions

In September 2021, I faced the grueling Lake Sonoma 50, a race initially scheduled for April 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rescheduled September date brought unexpected weather challenges, with scorching temperatures in California’s wine country making the already tough race even more relentless. Despite my initial goal of completing the 50 miles in 11 hours, the extreme heat took a toll, resulting in a 13-hour and 38-minute finish—a time that has haunted me for over two years.

Aiming For Redemption: Training for Success in April 2024

Undeterred by past setbacks, I’ve committed to tackling Lake Sonoma 50 once again, fueled by a determination to conquer the course and achieve an 11-hour finish. As I share my journey, join me in exploring the comprehensive training plan crafted for this redemption race. From treadmill sessions incorporating hill and speed work to trail runs focusing on downhill technique and uphill endurance, my training is a fusion of proven methods and innovative approaches.

Training Breakdown: Treadmill Workouts, Trail Runs, and Strength Exercises

My treadmill workouts include a rigorous routine:

  • 1 Mile Warm-Up
  • 4x 0.25 miles at 6% incline, 0.25 miles at 6.5% incline, 0.5 miles at RPE 8
  • 1 Mile Cool-Down

In addition to these sessions, I will hit the trails. The focus will be on mastering downhill runs and enhancing my ability to tackle challenging uphill sections. The gym becomes a crucial ally as I focus on leg strength exercises, ensuring resilience throughout the demanding ultramarathon.

As I push my body and mind during these training sessions, my thoughts gravitate toward the steep downhill runs after the halfway mark. This part of the race is critical because they will test my quads. Drawing inspiration from my previous Lake Sonoma 50 race, I am motivated to push through and emerge victorious this time.

Setting the Goal: 11 Hours and a Determination to Prevail

My target for this ultramarathon remains 11 hours. My training plan is meticulously designed to meet the paces needed for a triumphant finish. The lessons learned from past experiences will propel me forward. My determination not to let the Lake Sonoma 50 course defeat me again is going to inspire each session.

Join me on this transformative journey as I prepare for the April 2024 race. Follow the highs and lows, the triumphs and challenges, as well as me aiming for redemption while I am enjoying the journey.


Jason Bahamundi Run Tri Bike Magazine Owner Triathlete Ultra Runner Trail Runner
Jason Bahamundi, founder of Run Tri Bike, is a passionate and accomplished endurance athlete dedicated to proving that there is a spot at the starting line for everybody and every body. With a background deeply rooted in the world of triathlons, running, and cycling, Jason has not only excelled in his personal athletic endeavors but is committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive world of endurance sports. This led him to establish Run Tri Bike, a platform that serves as a hub for enthusiasts to connect, share experiences, and access valuable resources. Jason's genuine enthusiasm for endurance sports, continues to inspire individuals to pursue their goals and embrace the transformative power of an endurance sports lifestyle.