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.

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)

A Magnificent Failure – 300+ miles on the Idaho Centennial Trail

6:30 AM, June 14th (Day 18) - I am waist deep in Marble Creek, wading across just moments after packing up camp, and I am wearing every piece of clothing I have with me including my down jacket. Jess starts across behind me, almost goes down in the swift current and looks up. "What should I do?" Should we cross in tandem, look for a better place to cross, wait until it warms up a little more? "Go back." I say between strong breaths caused by the icy cold water rushing over my legs. I mean go back to the bank and we'll figure it out, but by the time I return to the muddy bank I realize I mean go back, go all the way back, home.