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...

Antelope Canyon Redux

“I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.” - Anakin Skywalker whining about the Antelope Canyon course Everything felt smooth and easy until mile 22 at the Horseshoe Bend vista when the sand gave way to the stunning but challenging course along the rim. It slowed me down and I found myself power-hiking up some of the steep sections of crumbly, off-angle rock. The markings were hard to spot (due partially to the epic winds the night before the race after this section had been marked), but the route follows the canyon rim very obviously and even when no other runners were around to help locate the path the markers were never more than one corner or dune away...

In Soviet Bloc, Champion Jacket Wears You! – Bangs Canyon 60K

After having a blast running in the New Year at Bangs Canyon in 2015 I knew I would be back to kick of the running and racing season again in 2016 at Bangs. Kevin and Shannon Koch along with Ray Jensen put on a great event that brings out the West Slope running community and hanging out around the fire at the end of the day is one of the season's highlights every year. Since I started my last training cycle just over a month ago I decided to run the 60K this year to focus on building up my base rather than working on speed endurance. I also knew that I would likely be the only 60K runner...