Well, I managed to finish Grindstone this weekend. The race was tough as Hell, but it was as close to perfect as I’ve gotten since Western States last year. I finished in 29:06 or so (42nd out of 108 finishers). I was a little shocked to finish as high as I did, especially considering Karl Meltzer won the race with a blistering 17:13. I was able to apply many of the lessons I’ve been experimenting with since last […]
What an adventure! I’ll write about the experience in another post when I have time to collect my thoughts, but I wanted to get something out there. Here’s some early thoughts on the actual running experience:
The Dirty Stats
This info comes from the TransRockies website. I haven’t had a chance to download the GPS data from the Garmins.
Total miles: 120-ish miles over 6 stages (approximately 21, 13, 24, 14, 23, and 23 miles)
Race takes place […]
This has been a busy week, hence the shortage of posts. My message in boxes are piling up quickly and the chores are falling by the wayside.
In the news:
Shelly and I, along with our awesome friends Krista Cavender, Jon Sanregret, paced and crewed Jesse Scott to his first 100 miler at Tahoe Rim this last weekend. Jesse kicked ass! I’ll try to write a crew report as soon as possible, though I […]
I finished the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run 100 miler yesterday. The race certainly lives up to its name. I’ll post a more detailed report in the near future, but here’s a rough recap.
Bighorn was definitely the most difficult 100 I’ve run to date. The combination of mountain weather and terrain made it significantly more difficult than the Midwest ultras I’ve run. This was also my first 100 miler without a crew or pacer. […]
The Rockies have sufficiently humbled me.
Yesterday, I went on a planned 50ish mile run with Jesse Scott and his friend Ely. We planned to run from Boulder to Nederland, CO using a network of trails that wind through the mountains. Here’s the blow-by-blow of the adventure:
We leave Jesse place at about 7:45 am, run about a mile to meet Ely on the UC Boulder campus. We run a few miles to the trail […]
The 50k was run in the mountains southeast of Los Angeles. The run was directed by Baz Hawley. If you ever have the opportunity to run one of his races, do it! It was a typical low-key […]
This last weekend, Shelly and I ran the Rodeo Valley 50k. It was a “roadtrip” race for us, meaning it would involve traveling and hanging out with our friends Pablo and his wife Kristina, Krista, Jon, Vanessa, and Shacky. We knew we’d be doing plenty of laughing and probably a fair amount of drinking, so we decided to make the race itself a little more fun.
We ran it in superhero costumes. [photo courtesy Shacky]
Across the Years is a timed loop ultramarathon held annually in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The race spans the end of one year to the beginning of the next… hence the name. There are three options- a 24 hour, 48 hour, and 72 hour. When Shelly and I were planning our schedule, this event fit nicely. It would place us in Phoenix for the new year and would give me an opportunity to put up quite a few […]