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[18 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]
Ironman Pamama 70.3 Race Report

Kicking off 2013 racing with a good hard race!  Panama 70.3 did not disappoint and after the travel home I am glad this will be the hottest, furthest and most “questionable” race of the year for me.
I had a couple main reasons I wanted to spend the 10+ hr of travel to get to the starting line.  A) I wanted to RACE!  Racing is fun.  B) I wanted to get a hard race under my belt to start the year off and something before Cabo – Not many options fit that category …

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[2 Feb 2013 | Comments Off on Panama | ]

In endurance sports, sometime getting to the starting line is the hardest part.  I had an interesting training build going into the Panama 70.3 with my sport specific fitness changing week to week but the challenges that my buddy Josh and I have had to tackel over the last couple days to get here, well, its just making me laugh at this point.  Travel is an interesting beast but when you get to the destination it is almost always worth it.  Today is our first full day in Panama and our first …

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[1 Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

After taking more than a year off triathlon and just focusing on running last year, I did my first triathlon in about 16 months, the Sprint Distance Turkey Tri and followed that up with a half ironman (HITS) the next weekend in December.  What a kick to the balls!  It was good to have a break from tri and the two races allowed me to see where I was at after the end of a big year of running. It also allowed me (forced me) to adapt a new training …

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[23 Dec 2012 | Comments Off on Triathlon Time! | ]
Triathlon Time!

After taking time away and running on trails for the last year or so i have had a burning desire to get out and swim, bike and run my way to a new level.
The last couple weekends I was able to jump into two local triathlons and it reminded me why I love racing so much.  After doing so many races over the last few years I got into a train_to_train in 2011 and in so doing only raced a single triathlon in all of 2011.  Boo!  As I recently told my …

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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 …