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Gore-Tex TransRockies Run: The Running Experience

Aug 20, 2012 | 12 Comments

Wow.

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)
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On Occasion, Let Your Inner Superhero Shine

Mar 20, 2012 | 12 Comments

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]

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Across the Years 72 Hour Footrace Race Report: Junk Food, Alcohol, Sex, and a Wooden Ball

Jan 8, 2012 | 12 Comments

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 Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report: Part Six

Jul 5, 2011 | 15 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

Part Four- The Frantic Race Against the Clock

Part Five- The Finish

Post-Race Festivities

My exact post-race memories were a bit of a blur.  After my crew led me to the finish line, I rode a high for about 15 minutes.  Then sheer exhaustion set in.

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2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report: Part Five

Jul 4, 2011 | 24 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

Part Four- The Frantic Race Against the Clock

In the last installment, Jeremiah and I safely arrived at the Highway 49 aid station.  When he began pacing me way back at Foresthill at mile 62, I was 45 minutes over the 24 hour cutoff.  We spent the last 31.5 miles hammering away at that time.  Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Four

Jul 4, 2011 | 6 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

The last installment ended as Jeremiah and I were leaving the Foresthill Aid Station.  For the first time in the race, I realized I was making MUCH better time than I thought.  I was 45 minutes over the 24 hour pace.  If I could manage to make up that 45 minutes over the last 38.2 miles, I Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Three

Jul 4, 2011 | 10 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

In the last chapter, I gave a rough outline of the time before hitting the Last Chance Aid Station.  Actually, I’m not even positive my memories before the Last Chance aid station are correct.  At that point in a 100 miler, I tend to focus inwardly and ignore the details like the sequence of events. I rely on my crew to remember important (i.e.- Read More...

2011 Western States 100 mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Two

Jul 2, 2011 | 6 Comments

Read part one here: Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run  Race Report Part One

In the last chapter, my crew and I were hanging out in Squaw Valley having a good time while waiting for the start of the race.  I had just gone to bed the evening before the race.

I opened my eyes.  The room was dark except for the creepy shadows cast by the permanently-installed night light wired to the hotel wall.  Read More...