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[4 Apr 2011 | 11 Comments | ]
TER Report: Days 3 & 4 – The Negative Split

After two long days of hard racing, the obvious physical fatigue was starting to set in on all the teams.  We were almost at the halfway point, but we knew better to think it was going to get any easier.   Mentally, this was the day to break the competitors.  It started a shift in ratio from the muscle to battle between the ears.  The race was staged so that the first two days on foot were slow and strength orientated.  Just the sort of stuff to tire you out.  Most …

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[29 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
TER Report:  Days 1 & 2 – The Adventure

The Tantauco Exploration Race is a four day stage race in Northern Patagonia on the island of Chiloe just off the southern coast of Chile.  The format of the multisport race would move in a point to point format in camps from Quellon to Chaiguata on the first and third days as we navigated our way ridding, paddling (occasionally swimming) and running to the Inio camp at the southern tip of the island.  A true exploration.  It …

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[26 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Tough Times at the Temecula Twelve Hour

This last weekend I was able to jump into the 12 hour mountain bike race in Temecula and join some friends for some hot laps in the dirt.  Looking at my results I would think I had an expected outcome as far as the amount of laps I got in but just getting through this race was one of the most difficult experiences for me.  It felt like I had to gut-it-out during every minute of the race and it is just starting to become clear in my head why …

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[22 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Ultraman Race Report: Day 3

Each day at Ultraman felt like a huge success and the excitement was  continuing to build.  We were able to meet and get to know everyone more each day and there was a momentum from the previous days success. Finishing with a double marathon on the last day with some fatigue in the body and mind was as much an act of burning away anything we had left in us as it was the start of a celebration.  Our 320 mile journey around the island was almost complete. …

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[18 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Ultraman Race Report: Day 2

Starting day two I felt much better than expected.  All the extra little steps we took after day one paid off in how I would feel for the long ride on day two.  The story of Humpty Dumpty is not that he fell off of the wall but that all of the kings horses and all of the kings men could not put him back together again.  Recovery and getting back together again for the next day would be a huge part …

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[12 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Ultraman Race Report: Day 1

Day One – 6.2Mile/10K swim and 90 Mile/145K Ride
Heading into this race, as I mentioned before, I was set on trying to race it.  The distances were new to me but the effort was not.  I had been spent most of my year training life@steady and after completing events that were ranging from from two hours and under to over 24 hour+ races this year I felt most comfortable pushing after the four, five and six hour marks.  I guess it must take me a while to get warmed up. …

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[10 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
The Ultraman Experience

I wanted to link up a single post to the day by day race reports (linked at the bottom) and get out some thoughts that covered the experience. . . and an experience it was!

Timothy Carlson of Slowtwitch sums it up well when he wrote, “Some call it a race. Others call it an elaborate way to work off Thanksgiving turkey. Some say it’s the best way to time travel back to the origins of the sport…Unlike the booming Ironman crowd, Ultraman is an intimate time travel …

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[18 Oct 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Ironman World Championship race report

As I wrote in my last blog, I now understand why this race is called “the big show”.  It is so much more than just the race itself and the course is the real deal.  It is hard, strategic, competitive and has a history that I really began to respect as much as the people who come here every year from around the globe.  People take this race very seriously too and I felt lucky to be a part of the race and fun before and after race day.  I …

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[8 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]
Santa Barbara Triathlon Race Report

I had a feeling that I would pull some good learning lessons out of the Santa Barbara Triathlon this year because it was a unique time for me between some training and racing.  One of the things I am always looking for is a new experience or to see how I can handle a change.  I enjoy the process of asking the questions, checking my feelings (or in this case checking them at the door) and holding on for the ride.  Last year, I decided to start training to race …

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[20 Aug 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
The Gold Rush Adventure Race

This last weekend, I got to join team Dart-NUUN-SportMulti for the Gold Rush Adventure Race in Long Barn, California. Gold country! We would be racing through the Stanislaus National Forest just North of Yosemite, South of Tahoe and West of Sonora. Gold! The race was set for a 24 hour format with about 30 checkpoints along the way and while most 24 hour races see the leading teams finish well under 24 hours that would not be the case for the Gold Rush. We would paddle for hours, ride just …