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[16 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Wonderland Trail

Last month, I was fortunate enough to join Crew My Run and some friends for a 3 day running trip around Mt. Rainier in Washington on the Wonderland Trail.  What is Wonderland Trail you ask?  I had that same question just a few week prior to the trip and it did not take much research for me to realize this was a trip that I had to find a way to make.  Its a beautiful place and some of the best trails I have ever had the pleasure of running.  Hopefully this gets you …

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[27 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

“Sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail“

I certainly got pounded over and over again this last weekend at the TS100 but I found strength in continuing on to the finish and leaning more about the appropriate and required training and pacing going into an event like this.  I knew this would be a “something special” MTB race from my limited research about it going in and it did not disappoint!  Amazing views and trails that cover most of the Western States course that are difficult to run but I …

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[13 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

Just as I finished and celebrated my first run block of the year with the Zion 100, I happened to find the Tahoe Sierra 100 race to celebrate my first block of the year back on the bike.  After making the rounds and getting a NEW BIKE I could not think of a better way to rip my legs off this weekend.

 The TS100 is what I would consider a “real deal” race.  It is a point to point race in the mountains over technical single track trails with loads of climbing (~17,000-18,000ft) …

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[22 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]

The last four weekends I have found myself deep into work again on the weekdays and in Big Bear on the weekends exploring trails, laughing it up with some of my friends I consider family and just training as I feel like it. Basically, living the dream!

I did not plan on being up there for any of the weekends except for the weekend of Holcomb Valley and that weekend did not turn out like I thought at all.  That is where the learning comes in….  Here is how it went …

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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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[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 …

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[1 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

I have had some significant changes in my life over the last six months and until recently have been very busy.  Trying to close out projects at work while packing in some great training camps this year, a move along with some international adventure races makes for some stressful weeks to back up.
Big week training and big week life stress are all the same to our bodies and combining them is not always the best idea… This lead me to the idea for this post in outlining some of the …