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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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[2 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
February – life in the desert

I spent a lot of time in the desert this February and while some of it was planned there were many unique experiences that were not planned(adventure) but the end result was the same…and simple.  I spent a lot of time wandering in the wilderness this month.  I could not help but reflect about how life in the desert can change your perspective, allow you time to unwind some thoughts and get a lot of work done.  The desert in the winter is a great place to do work and …

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[16 Feb 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
tantauco exploration

I have been pretty excited about something and tried to keep it under wraps until I knew for sure it was going to happen but it looks like my unpaid time off from work has been approved and our flights are being booked.  I am a bit over the top excited at this point about going into the wild and racing for days in one of the most amazing places on this planet.  Next month, I may get to take dream crushing to an international level as I get to …

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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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[30 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

It is hard to describe just what the three days of the Ultraman event experience is all about because to me it was so much more than just a race.  It is just starting to hit me after seeing the pictures last night at the awards dinner and hearing the stories from everyone… Did we really just do THAT?  I was honored to watch, participate and take it all in.  I think it was Mike who summed it up quite well last night when he said it was …

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[24 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]
Ultra Man prep block

I had a lot of interest in what I was doing to get ready for the big day(s) ahead so I thought I would list out my last block of training starting from the end of Xterra Worlds.  I still have not finished my race report from Worlds (lots of interspersion from that one!) and I have been swamped since the race and in a hurry to get back to Kona so I can start the slowing down early. Ahh….  The relaxing …

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[1 Nov 2010 | 8 Comments | ]
The good, the bad and the dream crushing – One year of Life@Steady

After a couple years of getting out and logging some trail time and races I had a focus in 2009 of completing the Xterra Off-Road triathlon series and trying to get enough season points to complete at the Xterra USA championships.  By the end of the year, I found myself qualified for the USA Championships and also Xterra World Championship race.  A bit more than I set out to do originally but that is usually how it works when you can just get yourself started.  Leading up to the World …