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[29 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
TransRockies Finish

Its been a long week but the trails keep getting better. . .   At every stage we continue to find different types of trails, views and challenges but the finish had some of my favorites all week.  Sick single track through the aspen trees heading out of Vail Resort and over the mountains to Beaver Creek, the challenge of dragging a week load of miles and getting lost just enough to score an ultramarathon for the day and wrap up 20K of climbing for the week. Good times.
 
making the …

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[25 Aug 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
TransRockies – Day 5

The last couple of days we have been at Camp Hale with no cell or internet access.  It has been quite nice actually not having to move camp for a night left and it left us some extra “free time” that we needed…but somehow still filled.  A lot changed over the last couple days and I will tap out a post about it but basically we had a solid run from Leadville on day 3 and I sat out the run yesterday and ended up going for a ride on …

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[22 Aug 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
TransRockies – Day 2

Today was just about getting up to Hope Pass and then letting it rip the 8 miles or so down to the finish.  That was somewhat of a loose plan after we made sure we could get  running from the started about 2K down the road from the climb.  Chris was feeling much better this morning and considering his condition yesterday it was an amazing transformation to have him running today.  I got all but total crap sleep but it was our first night in the tents and we got …

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[21 Aug 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
TransRockies – Day 1

Well, we were off to a good start this morning after another solid feeding from the staff (the food here is good!) and it was a fast start at that.  The day opened on Main Street in Buena Vista with about a half mile before we crossed a bridge and then funneled into some single track.  The fast road and looming single file single track that lay ahead caused the craze of a triathlon swim start but without the water, body contact or bubbles.  Okay, not exactly the swim start …

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[20 Aug 2011 | 4 Comments | ]

Made it out back to Colorado and the through the first stage of adventure travel.  After getting up at 5am, my flight to Denver was uneventful.  Traveling without a bike box and loads of gear is easy!  However, once I got on the ground, I was put on the wrong shuttle and to make a very long day and long story short was stuck in Vail for the night…until a very nice stranger gave me a lift the extra 75 miles past Leadville and into Buena Vista.  14+ hours of …

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[17 Aug 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Run Camp

You probably already gleamed an eye over the image below.  Yep.  Last week I got an invite to go participate in this years TransRockies Run and it took some careful consideration but I knew all along it was just the sort of last minute whacky thing a guy like me needs for an epic run camp.  My swimming is better than ever and after a 5 mile open water swim race and fast Nova masters session today I am confident my swimming is better than ever and okay to be …

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[15 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
home base

The last couple weeks at HOME have been outstanding for me.  Getting to unload from the training block in Boulder and Vineman has given me time to catch up on life stuff, work, rest and friends.  These are the moments I want to remember.  Good times with good friends and good food.  Simple!

endurance eating and laughing

an entire new gong show – these guys don’t stop

Jordo surf

more cowbell, more coconut
I recovered faster than expected from Vineman even after one of the worst post-race screw ups that left me without proper calories …

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[5 Aug 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Vineman Ironman Race Report

This past weekend I got to participate in my third Ironman race and my first one day triathlon since Kona last year.  A lot has changed for me since then on a personal level and I also took a  different approach to this Ironman race.  At the last two IM’s and even at Ultraman, I questioned if I was holding back too much.  Sure, I was able to build into the race and there is no question I was up against the ropes giving it my all during each race …