Everything is much bigger in the US, rather than Lithuania, you know. Lithuania is like kind of a very small country Itís just 3 million people you know, like 300 kilometers wide, and left, you know. And the US is such a huge country, you know. If you look at the trucks, at roads, you know Like at the forest and the mountains, which you have. So itís like, something enormous. So the Grand Slam started because originally there were only a handful of hundred milers And someone decided to do all of them. And that was Tom Green back in the 80ís. Which starts with Western States, and after three weeks we have Vermont After an additional 4 weeks, you have Leadville. And after Leadville, 3 weeks pass and you have Wasatch which finalize the Grand Slam. The standard kind of thing now is that you pick four From those five or six races that are available from back then. But the one that I did was Western States, then three weeks later Vermont. Then four weeks later Leadville, then three weeks later, Wasatch. And the dates are actually exactly the same as they were in 2013 So the gaps between the races are identical this year. The hardest of those is the final one but Western States is definitely known as the hot one of those four. Itís not the slowest, certainly, itís probably about in the middle of those four. This is one where you canít afford to have a bad race here, otherwise youíll be even more tired for the rest. And to be honest you canít afford to have a bad race in any of them, Otherwise that record is probably not going to happen. Three, Two, One, Go!
Crowd cheering Before Robinson Flat,
I didnít know whatís going to happen. I donít know. Like, it happened and then I jumped through this stream, And I donít know… Something like pow! Yeah, so. I need to recover ëtill Vermont. Yeah, thanks. The race went very well, like from the beginning, from the start I felt super. Super excited you know, pumped and ready to go. And my legs were moving pretty well, you know. A strange thing happened just before the Robinson Flat there is a stream, A big stream and we jump in that stream. And something happened, you know, with my calf. And I thought it was maybe itís contraction, but apparently it was something maybe more like a strain. And I was limping you know. From there running was totally different, you know. No more excitement, you know, just pain, pain, pain, pain, pain. I think like I will take Ian Sharman approach, and I will be just racing. And then I will be in this miracle triangle, you know. Just sitting on sofa, drinking soda or beer. Watching TV and just jumping to another race. Yeah, no seriously yeah. Hiking and short recovery runs will be what I will be doing in between the races. And hopefully it will be enough, you know, to keep my performance at the same level which I am right now, Not to descend, you know, in my trainings. So looking at you? Ok. Letís just start. Say your name, where weíre at.
Ok. Iím Gediminas Grinius and we are in Vermont and Iím looking forward to race tomorrow the Vermont 100 here. Itís going to be great, itís always this hot. Donít worry.
Laughter Sweet. Weíre also part of the Grand Slam, which weíre stoked to be part of the Grand Slam. And I know that there are several Grand Slammers who are on leg number 2. So Iíd love the Grand Slammers to stand up and show us who is gonna be finishing number 2 tomorrow! Crowd Cheers! Yeah, itís very first time in Vermont and New England and you know, like, It feels a little bit more like home because itís more humid, everything is green. Yeah, so, really nice environment, a lot of small houses. Totally different area from California or Nevada where we are for the last month or so. It started actually as a ride for several years, so it was an endurance ride much like Western States, Old Dominion And several of the other classic 100 mile races. You know, at some point they decided to add in the run component, so, obviously 31 years ago. One of the things that makes this really unique is that we still have the run and the ride simultaneous So a lot of the other ones have split it, they have the run one weekend and a week later they have the ride.
I wish you all the best.
See you mile 70. Yes! Four, Three, Two, One, Go!
Crowd Cheers! Speaking in Lithuanian He has sore legs now. Heís starting to feel it and he doesnít feel good anymore and he cannot keep the pace,
00:10:39,500 –>00:10:47 ,000
So he said:
ìIím not going, letís say, to win the race, but Iím just going to finish the race.î Speaking Lithuanian Because my legs are not recovered.
Itís the second race. Itís amazing. Do you need medical care?
Yeah. Iím Maggie, Iím an EMT, I just wanted to check in with you.
Ok. Are you hurting anywhere right now? I mean, obviously yes, but.
Just my kidneys. Because I stopped to pee and it was like red color.
Bloody? How long ago was that? What do you mean?
How long ago did you pee blood? I mean, how many minutes?
Yeah. I donít know, like, first time it was like short, like 30 seconds, and the second maybe 40. 40, 40 minutes ago, so it has been recently that it has been happening? No, no, no. It happened like, I didnít understand the question.
Okay. It happened like, when I started to run with Riley, so it was…
12 miles ago. So like 2 hours ago.
Okay. So we have an ambulance on the way, to give you a ride to the hospital.
Okay. Theyíre probably going to pull up right to where this grass is and weíll load you up. I donít know if I want to go to hospital.
Okay, wellÖ I mean if youíre peeing blood itís probably a good idea to get checked out, to get some fluids, To get, I know, but. To get, I know… but they’ve got I.V. fluids and. ‘Cause thatís the side effects of something bigger going on.
Iíll try to drink water. Drink water, electrolytes. And if, if it didnít get betterÖ Sure. Sure. At least the EMTís are going to check when they get here, okay? All of the races kind of presents different challenges. And we have, kind of different factors affects running, you know, like Western States is like a very competitive race and itís not so high altitude but it could be damn hot. And then I went to Vermont, you know, it was not such a huge competition, but the heat, The heat just destroyed all the plans which I made prior to the race. My plan was, of course, to run faster than Ian, you know like to do 15:30, I think I planned. You know, it never happened, till the middle of the race I kind of held the pace and everything went according to the plan, But then the sun rise and the heat rise, so I was destroyed, you know. After halfway when I started to pee blood, I knew I must back off a little bit, you know, To reduce my pace and not to make additional damage to my body. Because I still have two races after Vermont, so yeah, so I just took to that and I kind of missed my target, So the race was tough and yeah, I finished.
And now Iím in Leadville, so itís a new chapter. Iím not comfortable about Leadville, Iím kind of comfortable about the other three races, but Leadville is the trickiest In my journey because itís high altitude and Iím coming just basically from sea level. And even though I did some adaptation, you know, altitude adaptation, Iím feeling a bit strong in altitude right now. Itís still you know, itís like, my question all the time. Even when there are mountaineering guys who are going to the mountains Not for first, not for tenth time, they experience sometimes some problems, you know. So this is why itís the trickiest, you never know how your body will react here to the altitude. Even today when I was running with my kid and he was filming me and suddenly I stood up you know, like I had this dizziness in my head. Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Go!
Crowd Cheering! Speaking in Lithuanian My stomach as well.
Want to try some salt, for the climb? No. Yeah?
My stomach doesnít feel good. Are you able to eat though? His stomach is a little bit off. And I think his legs are hurting a little bit. Um, heís feeling the altitude but I think heís going to be able to do really well up and over Hope. And then Iíll pick him up in Winfield and I think itís going to go well. Heís uh, he signed up for the Grand Slam and itís not going to feel great. Drink more of the coke, that seems to be working really well.
Coke working well? *Gasping One step below llama.
Speaking in Lithuanian Crowd Cheering Heís been getting some food now, heís doing awesome.
Youíre kicking ass right now. Youíre doing amazing!
Speaking in Lithuanian. No. This is just water. Announcer: Alright here he comes. Attempting the great Grand Slam of Ultra Running weíll check this box, the Leadville 100 Gediminas Grinius. Former officer in the Lithuanian Army, he started running to cure his PTSD, Quickly turned that therapy into becoming an Ultra-Running champion.
Crowd Cheering! It just destroyed me, because I think the altitude just got me. Itís deadly, you know, for runners and I think itís the one factor which affects everybody. Like me, what I felt from altitude was that I had a stomach problem. I couldnít digest my food, you know. And I felt over time upset and a little bit dizzy. So, it never happened before because I kind of have an iron stomach. From the start line everything went well to the first aid station. But after that when we started to climb higher and higher, I felt just desperate, likeÖ Other guys were just able to run and I was hardly keeping with them. You know my heart rate had just jumped. In Europe like each summer we are packing whole family and we are going to explore European mountains. This summer we decided to you know, like together to Grand Slam to do something different and explore a little bit more of United States. Because, you know, not each day you are coming here for a few months to the US. So we tried to get the most of that and like Iím really appreciating my friend Dallas Who helped us to arrange all this trip because he is like a planning freak planner. So you know, he like actually set up all the plan for us, you know. What weíre going to visit first of all And what we are going to visit like the last, so yeah. Iím really grateful for him. And of course, you know itís kind of our home schooling. Itís our understanding for my wife Gintare, How we teach our kids, and we think that by traveling, by exploring the places, by meeting the people, they are becoming more wiser. I think itís the best school which you can provide. So being just parents and thinking like globally and widely. I think that this is was each and every parent must do for their kids, to just open their eyes, you know. That they donít have to just live in a box and like. They donít have just to live, you know, on the sofa watching through their phones, But they must experience real life in which we live in that. You know all the races which I did before Wasatch, you know, Western, Vermont and Leadville, They are like really runnable. You donít need even hiking poles or trekking poles to do that. We donít have much elevation gain. I did some, like, reconnaissance of the course which I hadnít done in Leadville or Western And Iím kind of impressed of the course because it feels more like home, you know.
I mean more like in Europe. Because the race itself has more climbs, you know, which I like. So I see that during the race I will have like more power hiking than running and it kind of suits my racing style. How are you feeling G.G.?
Iím feeling okay. Not perfect, but okay. I think I am feeling well for my miles. You look chipper, You look happy.
I am happy. Itís the last race, soÖ Three, Two, One, Go!
Crowd Cheering! Speaking in Lithuanian Crowd Cheering! For sure.
It was toughÖ It was tough. You destroy my legs!
I destroy my legs as wellÖ GG how was your stomach?
I vomited, yeah like several times. From the altitude or what?
Uh.. no.. I donít know… I think itís just because of the pace.
You guys ran hard. Yeah. Super fast.
Itís not fast, but we destroyed ourselves. The record for these four races that he did, which was Western States, Vermont, Leadville and Wasatch Is held by Ian Sharman in 69 hours, 49 minutes and 38 seconds. Gediminas did it in 72:03 so he was just two hours and 13 minutes over the record. So thatís an amazing performance.
Applause. Okay, here we go, Iím going to call you up.
Gediminas Grinius from Lithuania. Geoff Smith from Colorado. Jan Hanousek from Czechoslovakia
Awesome. I was rooting for you, I was worried. I felt confident that I never had the doubts that Iím going finish Grand Slam. And I even didnít have a doubt that Iím going to break that Ian Sharman record, you know ëTil the Leadville happened, you know and in Leadville I said oh, fuuf. Itís really tough, you know, itís really tough. And what he did when he won four times with Leadville You know, it looks like something extraordinary to me. But weíll see, as I said, you know like, probably the story is going to continue and Iím going to repeat that, but Iíll be wiser. Because, you know, from all our failures we are just becoming wiser because we are learning from that. So this is how I am looking at the Grand Slam.