Juneventures 2018: Thompson Peak FKT and the River of No Return 50K

So many people still don't know the difference between Idaho and Iowa or realize that there is so much more than potatoes going on up here.  With incredible mountains, vast tracks of wilderness and world class trail running and mountain climbing opportunities, the lack of Idaho FKTs is something of an enigma...

Feeding the Bear: A journey from being unable to walk in June to racing 100 miles in September.

Week one:  Can't walk to the bathhouse from the camper without a trekking pole.  Netflix black hole week.  Walking attempts still painful.  Lots of gentle PT strengthening and stretching twice a day. Week two: Tried to hike.  Tried to bike.  Everything hurts and the depression starts creeping in.  PT 2x/day. Week three:  Hiking still hurts, let's try that biking thing again.  No pain! Begin gravel biking addiction.  Bye bye depression.  PT 2x/day.

Going for it: A San Diego 100 DNF and the Anatomy of an Injury

Some thoughts on believing you can win, desperately drinking creek water, my first DNF and ensuing injury. With all the extra time on my hands due to injury, it's a long one...

Spring Flingin’ (Antelope Island 50K, Maze District Honeymoon, Zane Grey 50M)

"Great Faith. Great Doubt. Great Effort." The Three Essentials of Training - Zen Proverb After getting married at the end of January, Jess and I knew we would only have one shot at getting in a honeymoon amid her hectic senior year of researching and interning: spring break!  There are plenty of items on the bucket … Continue reading Spring Flingin’ (Antelope Island 50K, Maze District Honeymoon, Zane Grey 50M)

Red Hot(ish) 55K(ish) race report

"Forget goals.  Value the process."  - Jim Bouton Race: Moab Red Hot Distance:  55K (~33.5 miles on the GPS) Story:  After finishing up work on Friday I drove down with the Burro and camped with Matt and Char along the Colorado River at a site they had secured earlier that morning.  I checked in downtown, met … Continue reading Red Hot(ish) 55K(ish) race report

Ending on a High Note – The Bear Chase 50

At one of the aid stations the volunteers remarked, "You're slamming those shots like a Russian sailor!". By this point in the day the 50K runners were sharing the course and I was happy to have people to chase and exchange "good-jobs" with for motivation. I came in at the end of the third lap with an 11 minute lead, nearly identical splits to lap 2, switched over to my "drop the hammer" playlist and rushed out of the aid station so quickly I forgot to drink any Coke. About a quarter of a mile down the trail I came to a screeching halt...ponies in the trail!

The Grand Circle’s Brutal Gem: The Tushar 93K

The 4k beast began innocently with a nice steady grade along an abandoned road now choked out with grass and lupine, and littered with logged-out deadfalls. Three thousand feet of climbing later I reached a gate and let myself think I was getting close. Turning the next switchback corner the whole world felt like it was falling away as the grade cranked up and I was forced to push on my quad with one hand and use my lone trekking pole for leverage on the other...