Friday, December 29, 2006

mba leadville dean

* if you are like me you are starting to put together your calendar for next year. i find the calendar on to be very handy, well done mr etzel.

* go pick up the january issue of mountain bike action magazine (fred myer carries it). they have an article on the 2006 24hr solo mtn bike worlds. on page 111 there is a photo of me along with sue hayward, rebecca rusch, and craig gordon. of course at 12th place there is no mention of me in the article itself, but i'm ok with just being eye candy... and my sponsors turner bikes and hammer nutrition appreciate it i'm sure.

* some news on the leadville 100 mtn bike race - first in bicycling mag i read that chris carmichael is racing, then on velonews i read that lance armstrong is racing... and the other day on floyd landiss' blog i read that he's racing too! that is going to be quite a race - and i want in!

* i am tired of reading about dean karnazes being the best runner in the world. enough already. i know five runners right here in seattle that are better than he is (jurek, kochik, morrison, angle, moehl)... give it rest. first it's outside mag saying he's "the best runner in america"!!! what the?! hey outside, please do more research before you write outrageous crap... ever heard of scott jurek, what about karl meltzer (this dude won six 100 milers in 2006!!)? google them and figure it out "editors". then i get my wired magazine the other day (still a geek at heart) and it claims that dean is the "perfect human". i just threw up in my own mouth. yes, dean is most likely a better runner than i am (certainly waaay more accomplished thus far) - but he is far from the best... look it up anyway i had to get that off my chest, and acknowledge that he has brought attention to a sport i love, which is a very good thing. now i'm over it....

Monday, December 18, 2006

50 Miles the Hard Way

damn storms! in training for the hurt 100k i had planned to run 50 miles today. i was going to do the 12 summits out and back (34 miles) and then add the fat ass 25k loop to get 49 miles on the day. however this last storm that has left businesses and households alike without electricity for days.. and it covered our beautiful trails with massive downed trees. so it wouldn't have been a run, more like a few steps, climb over a tree, few more steps, climb over a tree, etc.. probably taking me 5 days to finish as well.

in the last 6 days i've run 106.53 miles.

today i got in 50.53 miles. ran the long way to krissy's house for 15.68 miles. got in her car (mine is in the shop) and drove to discovery park. there i ran the 5 mile loop 7 times for 35 more miles. it didn't rain on me so it was a great day out, however a bit boring doing the same loop over and over again, but i got my mileage in. =) the next challenge of my hurt training is back to back 30 mile days!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

crawford notch/mt isolation/bartlett run in the white mountains - nov 23, 2006

got a great run in today with justin angle in the white mountains - 26 miles and 6,014 feet of gain in 7:22. starting in the cold just after 7am in crawford notch we headed up the crawford path, the oldest mountain trail in america. snow and ice covered the trail as we headed up up up to mizpah spring hut and then on to mount isolation - "Mount Isolation is as its name implies one of the most remote peaks in the White Mountains, located in the midst of the Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness. It is one of the most remote and least-visited 4000-footers, one of a select few not visible from a public highway. The summit itself is bare with views in all directions, although most or all of the approach is wooded." from there we turned south and headed down our 15 mile trail hitting mt resolution and mt parker on our way to our drop car in bartlett, nh. great weather, amazing views and good times.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

100 mile week - experiment #2

having just finished my first fast (experiment #1), i am now "detoxed". it's time to start my focused training for the hurt 100 on jan 13th. the hurt 100 is generally considered one of the hardest 100 milers, partly because of the rooted rocky terrain, but mostly because it includes 24,000ft of climbing. it's a 20 mile loop on the island of oahu. racers can run the 100 miler or the 100 kilometer (62 miles). if your 100 miles isn't going well you can stop after a 100k and be ranked in 100k race. because it's so hard a race, i guess lots of racers do this. the 100k is race is no walk in the park either with 13,000 ft of gain.

the goal: finish in the top 5 at the hurt 100k
secondary goal (experiment #2): to see how my body responds to a 100 mile week, which will be week #3 of my training schedule. then two weeks to taper down until race day. since i just took 9 days completely off (with just two easy/short sessions in there on day 2) i'm ready to rock... honestly i'm dying to hit it hard. which is good because this plan could bury me! one issue i have is a possible morton's nueroma in my left foot. it flairs up depending on how much trail pounding it gets. that is my only concern at this point. wish me luck, i'll need it.

Friday, December 1, 2006

fruit fast - experiment #1

fruiti'm on my third day of a fruit fast. i'm eating just fruit. which at times has seemed easy and at other times very very hard. natural sugar and carbs.. and that is about it really. for the first two days i was still drinking coffee but not taking any of my hammer nutrition vitamins that i normally would. today i've reintroduced my vitamins, but just a few. i've had trouble with no coffee and.. i'm sipping a cup right now. tomorrow i will leave the coffee out and see what happens. i feel pretty good. this is supposed to be a sort of detox fast.

i start my training again on monday. i am so excited to get started! fasting and training don't mix very well. so i'll end the fruit fast on sunday after 4 days and eat a normal diet. however i'm planning on sticking closer to a whole/raw food diet than before, within reason - it's not easy. just eating foods as close to their origin as possible, no processed foods basically - whole, raw foods.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

update from the shire

i've got a lot of updates to post from my trip home; presidential traverse (yep, krissy and i got 'er done in 75mph winds!), an epic crawford notch/mt isolation/bartlett 26 miler with justin and climbing mt washington via boot spur. i'm just waiting for the opportunity to upload the photos and video. i don't think the blogs are as interesting without them. so i'll wait and give you the full monty when i get back to seattle.

i come home from the shire tues. this trip has been great. got to see my family and friends, and with krissy here for a few days she got to meet them too. i've been thinking it might be the time for me to rest. so i'm taking the rest of this month off (which is just the next 4 days) - which is a good start for me. i plan on starting dec again real easy with low training volume. however the snow is falling in the pacific northwest!!!!! so that might make it harder for me to chill.

what's next? well krissy and i are headed to a hawaii for the hurt 100. you can run the 100 miler (krissy) or the 100k (me). i've never been to hawaii so it's going to be sweet!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

summit of mount washington nov 21, 2006

after a day of mishaps including getting 40 minutes into my 1:15 drive and realizing i the car is out of gas... then realizing that i don't have my wallet to buy gas - i arrived late to pinkham notch, where i would start climbing mount washington. i wanted to climb it again, the long way, by itself, for fun. i headed up the boot spur trail to boot spur mountain at 5,500 feet. the day was clear and beautiful and the summit was probably as windless as it ever gets, just perfect. the gortex paclite arcteryx jacket was wrapped around the pack... today all i needed was my arcteryx softshell. taking pictures along the way i summited in 2:07. i headed down the lion's head trail for a more direct route back to pinkham notch. it was getting dark, but i'm stubborn and it took a fall on the ice (which there was lots of) for me to pull the headlamp out. finished in 3:20 and got some great photos. and this vid.

tomorrow justin angle and i tackle another day in the presidential range - this time with much colder temperatures!

you could say there was ice on the trail!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Presidential Traverse - Nov 17, 2006

tues nov 14th i returned to the shire to spend time with my family for thanksgiving. my arrangement with myself was that i would go home and do some sort of long fun run/hike/skin/snowshoe.. something.

so i decided i hadto do the presidential traverse. it's a 25.5 mile trek with 9,600+ feet of gain. it's the most extensive above tree line area in the east. 13 of the 25.5 miles is above tree line and you are exposed to the harsh conditions of the mount washington area. if you aren't familiar with this area... it's has the "worst weather on the planet", the highest recorded winds on earth, it can snow year round and you should expect the weather to change drastically and unexpectedly (as this sign states - be scared).

for these reasons i had been watching the weather since i arrived. it was clear and warm on thurs nov 16th. it would have been the best day to attempt the traverse. however krissy had just arrived late on wed, and asking her to sleep 2-3hrs and get up for a 26 mile, 10,000 foot trek with iffy weather just wouldn't have been fair. although chances are she would have done it. so i proposed going friday. friday's weather was not as good. high winds at 60-75mph and torrential rains were hitting the presidentials thurs night. the mount washington weather site said the rain and wind would start to clear late morning/noon. we expected the traverse to take us anywhere from 8-12hrs. because of the exposure, your speed on this route completely depends on the conditions, and your ability to climb and more importantly descend rocky terrain. my mother and her husband david helped us do our recon thurs and drop a car at crawford notch for our return drive home from the trek - which would take us over 11 summits one way from pinkham to crawford notch.

let's just say i was a bit worried about the weather. i was awaken the night before by the pounding wind and rain. i started to question whether this was a good idea and i couldn't sleep. i decided that we would at the very least climb the first peak, mt madison, and make a decision from there.

so we got up early and were heading out on the great gulf trail into the hard driving rain just around 6:45am. we started 4 miles north of the amc visitors center at pinkham notch across from camp dodge. the first bridge over the peabody river was massively swollen compared to just 12hrs before when we had looked at it. as we headed up the great gulf trail we crossed many small swollen streams. it was pouring and the warm weather was melting the 78 inches of snow these mountains had gotten a few weeks previous. we found out later the 60 degree temps were a record high for nov 17th. krissy questioned why we had so much gortex on as we stripped our jackets off. i tried to remind her of mount washingtons' notorious weather and it's "highest recorded winds" (see the picture of the sign above!).

from great gulf trail we then headed straight up our 4,100 foot climb to mt madison at 5,367 ft. the osgood trail was basically a river with 3-4 inches of water pouring down on our feet as we tried to keep up our pace. i think my feet were dry for about 3 minutes of this trek. as we started to get closer to the tree line the high winds were frightening and loud. could we spend hours exposed to this kind of wind? i wasn't convinced. the weather said it would die, but weather reporting is not an exact science, so i had my doubts. we stopped to bundled up with winter gloves, hats, and hoods.. then headed up through tree line into the wind.

60-70 mph winds will knock you down. and that is exactly what the gusts did. while hiking we would frequently have to put all fours down to steady ourselves and not fall over. it was a bit crazy and touch and go for a while. the video below of krissy is a good example of how high the winds were. the guidebook estimates said 5hrs to summit mt madison. i figured we'd do it in half the time and we did manage to summit in 2.5hrs. we had agreed we wouldn't decide on whether to continue or not until we hit the saddle between mt madison and mt adams. the presidentials are called the "great rock piles" because that is exactly what they are... granite rock piles. there is no trail to run, cairns guide your way and i could imagine how hard it would be to stay on track with serious winter weather. the skies were basically clear except the clouds surrounding mt washington. we had amazing views of the surrounding terrain. it was spectacular and although we could barely hear each other unless we were inches away with all the wind, we were all smiles as we struggled to hike/walk on the rocks.

after 3hrs we were on our way up mt adams (5,774 ft) the second highest peak, mt washington is the highest at 6,288 ft, in the northeast and the highest peak without road access. we actually had some sun on us for a while. from mt adams we then traveled down the ridge to mt jefferson (5,712ft) and mt clay (5,533ft).

mt clay was in a cloud, and as we headed down the ridge, then up to mt washington, the highest peak in the northeast at 6,288ft, we traveled deeper into the cloud. as we approached i told krissy that we would soon be crossing the cog's train track up the side of mt washington. just as the cloud cleared, we first saw the tracks, then the cloud kept moving and right in front of us was the weather station and tower.. we were soo close!! it was awesome and our moods instantly changed as the sun hit us. the camera came out, the pace quickened and the smiles were ear to ear.
to that point we hadn't seen a single soul. as we approached the summit the weather station workers had come outside and were watching us from the tower climb the large boulders to the summit. although i'd skied tuckerman's ravine, i had never summited mt washington in my life so that was a great feeling and well overdue. this being the highest mountain in the northeast meant the rest of the trek would generally be downhill, although each summit meant climbing to each peak from the trail.

in order we hit:

  1. mt madison (5,367ft)
  2. mt adams (5,774ft - 2nd highest in the northeast)
  3. mt jefferson (5,712ft)
  4. mt clay (5,533ft)
  5. mt washington (6,288ft - highest peak in the northeast) > lakes of the clouds (the coolest amc hut)
  6. mt monroe (5,372ft)
  7. mt franklin (5,001ft)
  8. mt eisenhower (4,780ft)
  9. mt pierce (4,310ft)
  10. mt jackson (4,052ft)
  11. mt webster (3,910ft)
we descended mt jackson to mt webster as it started to get dark. this was fine as the navigation was so easy i hadn't taken my compass out once. at our "leisurely and picture taking pace" we finished in a few minutes over 12 hours. on this trek, as i said before, weather conditions are the limiting factor. we were happy to hit route 302 and run the 1/2 mile to the crawford amc visitors center where we had left our drop car (and the trail mix w/m&m's). it was a great day out.. and i think i'm doing it again on wed and possibly adding 21 miles to it.. we'll see if i can figure it out.

my gear:
shoes: montrail hardrock w/teko ecomerino wool socks & yankz laces
fuel: perpetuem, hammer gel, heed
pack: gregory stimulus w/two nathan handheld
electrolytes: nuun

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Ron Herzog 50k Ultra Marathon

50k = 31 miles

today ellen, her boyfriend mike and there friend guss and i woke at 5am (not together) and traveled to granite falls, washington. team adventure racer roger michal is the race director of the Ron Herzog 50k ultra.
ellen who is super fast and just did her first ultra (with some proding from krissy and i) just over a month ago (and did awesome), was keen on racing another. she talked her boyfriend and bad ass mountain guide mike into into giving it a go. previous to today the most he ran at once was 8 miles! i was a bit concerned, but he's an adult and as we found out this guy is super fit, even if he's not a runner... yet. guss has some road experience but this was also his first ultra. me, although i've paced krissy here and there, and am always running ultra distance for adv race training, have not actually done an ultra race since i tore my meniscus two years ago. after the surgery the dr. told me that 15 miles was the most i should run in a week... and never all at once. let's be honest dr.'s don't know everything.

because of the massive amounts of rain we've gotten here in wa we didn't find out until late friday night that the race was still on. roger had to do some recon to see if this particular section called the "tank traps" was in good enough condition to run. it was, however he said it was as wetter than ever last year, and it was even more wet this year. there was talk of a river crossing so high that volunteers would have to assist you across. about 40 hearty pacific northwest ultra runners lined up for the 8am start (a handful of runners did the early start).

i had seen some fast names on the rd's mass email so when he said "go" i was supprised to be in front. then i figured they were just hanging out and would put the hammer on me later. within a mile or so eric clifton and myself found ourselves all alone running the 10 miles of uphill dirt road in the rain. he had bright colored tights on so he was hard to miss. "where had i seen him before?" i wondered. "did i meet you at cle elum?" he asked me. bingo - i had volunteered at the cle elum 50k. krissy had told me this guy was an old school bad ass. course records all over the place. "this was going to be fun" i thought.

i led at first, then eric picked up the pace. i stayed focused on my heart rate as he started to get further away from me. i reeled him in then let my heart rate settle a couple of times. on the flats he was running 6 minute miles! i didn't wanna blow up. i hadn't raced an ultra run in a while and although my heartrate said i could run his pace and i felt like i could.. i dropped it back to about a 6:30 min/mile. around every corner during the climb he slowly got further and further away. before the tank traps we passed some early starters, and steven wort told me he was 2:30 up on me.

i headed into the woods toward the tank traps. now this was my environment!! for those out there that adventure race, i'd call this light bushwhacking. i was flying, and within about 2 miles passed eric. that was the last time i saw anyone. the 6 miles of tank traps was soooo cold. i had mtn biking gloves on because i envisioned pulling myself up by trees and a much knarlier bushwhack that never materialized. it haled and snowed on me.. nasty wet snow. i trouncing through freezing river after freezing river, dunking shoes in the cold water. the trail had a slushy covering to it.

i hit 1/2 way point at mile 16 where the one aid station was located. i knew i didn't have time to spare with a runner like eric behind me. plus i was on track to run close to the course record.... hello, goodbye. i grabbed my bottles and was out. i then spent the next 30 minutes trying to get my gloves back on frozen fingers that wouldn't respond to my minds requests to move. this is when i noticed myself moaning a lot because of the pain in my hands. "you are such a wus" i thought. they still hurt as i type this. down a bit, up a bit, and one trail dump later... i was at mile 28.5 and had done about 5,000 feet of elevation gain when i hit the road. "Ah just 2.5 miles to the finish" i thought. i hate road running, and i'll be honest - it sucked. however i finished 1st in 4:16:02, so i was stoked on that. ellen had a great time of 5:24:16, and mike.. shit, mike was right behind her and ran a 5:24:41!! unreal. guss also had a great time of 5:42:02. an all around great day at the races.

my advice - get out there and run an ultra!! you have to give yourself oportunities to do what you thought was impossible.

my gear:
shoes: montrail highlines w/teko ecomerino wool socks & yankz laces
fuel: heed for the first 16, perpetuem for the second 16 miles
electrolytes: nuun

Thursday, November 9, 2006

coach hart - coaching

with the season pretty much over i now have more time to give to my other passion... coaching. so i've created a new website and i'm ready to rock. check it out - Coaching

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

transeivers, shovels and probes

a friend recently asked me my take on transceivers, shovels and probes.. so i figured i'd post my response.


i have used the ortovox m2 (singal antenna) for the last couple years. i like it, works well, great range, etc. the backcountry access tracker (dual antenna) is known for ease of use. i know a couple dudes (copson namely) who love this tranny. it also has a better harness than the ortovox m2. analog have a greater range but are generally harder to use, and pinpoint locations. digital is less range, easier to use.. go digital - they can interoperate.

the buzz last year was on the ortovox s1 (3 antennas - pictured) - both digital and sensor controlled - so look at that one. it's the top of the line and the future they say... and after being delayed over and over again it's now on the market.


i personally like life-link gear. i have used a couple of their shovels and currently use their polycarbonate shovel. it's light and pretty good although it's harder than most square, non ridged shovels to make a good even snow pit wall. this is because it not square, and it's grooved as i said. that isn't a huge deal, more of an annoyance really. however if you are out there digging snow pits daily then get a different shovel - like the brooks-range (discussed below).


it's nice to have ski poles that converts into a probe. last year i skied with the life-link variant (great tough pole). i just got the carbon pro at the end of last year - this one is the bomb, super light and it converts to a probe. having a probe in a pole makes your poles a bit heavier, so it's a trade-off of course - but life-link has figured it out and the swing weight seems perfect and feels natural. i will sometimes carry a real probe anyway... just in case, depends on the situation. i could loose a pole, etc.

if you are serious about long tours in the backcountry (ie: being exposed for days to avalanches) - get the brooks-range shovel & sled attachment

shovel w/sled attachment:

the option i like and will use this year is the brooks-range backcountry shovel and sled attachment. i took the amga ski guiding course last year in jackson hole. they provided all the students with this setup a few months later. the idea is that with a bit of rope, your skis this shovel you can easily build a rescue sled. we worked with these in the class and they were far superior to any other sled configuration... i liked it a lot (you will also need to drill holes in your ski tips if you don't already have them). it's scary out there in the winter, and people get hurt.

when people like doug combs die it makes you rethink what you carry out there.

*** i'm selling some fritschi freerides on ebay

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

you gotta read this book. read it before the movie comes out. the movie is a drama - this is for real.

"To make matters worse, the animals used to make about one-quarter of the nation's ground beef - worn out dairy cattle - are the animals most likely to be diseased and riddled with antibiotic residues. The stresses of industrial milk production make them even more unhealthy than cattle in a large feedlot."

wait for it...

"the meat would be shoveled into carts, and the man who did the shoveling would not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one - there were things that went into the sausage in comparison with which a poisoned rat was a tidbit."

there it is.. here is some more..

"At SIS-C slaughterhouses, visible diseased animals - cattle infected with measles and tapeworms, covered with abscesses - were being slaughtered. Poorly trained company inspectors were allowing the shipment of beef contaminated with fecal material, hair, insects, metal shavings, urine and vomit."

"An investigation by NBC News said that the Cattle King Packing Company - at the time, the USDA's largest supplier of ground beef for school lunches and a supplier to Wendy's - routinely processed cattle that were already dead before arriving at its plant, hid diseased cattle from inspectors, and mixed rotten meat that had been returned by customers into packages of hamburger meat. Cattle King's facilities were infested with rats and cockroaches. Rudy "Butch" Stanko, the owner of the company, was later tried and convicted for selling tainted meat to the federal government. He had been convicted just two year’s earlier on similar charges. That earlier felony conviction had not prevented him from supplying one-quarter of the ground beef served in the USDA school lunch program."

need more? this book is filled with it - give it a read and decide for yourself where and what you want to consume.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

rim to rim to rim - running the grand canyon

saturday oct 28th was krissy's birthday. for her birthday she wanted to run across the grand canyon... and back. since this sounded like one of the coolest things in the universe to do, i obliged.

ultra legend roch horton was fresh off the san diego 100 miler (where he placed 10th) so he didn't run with us. instead he was nice enough to get up at 4:30am and dropped us off at the south kaibab trail head just before 6am sat morning. with temps in the low 40’s and headlamps blazing we headed down into the great hole.
we started before sunrise for two reasons; 1. we wanted to finish in the light (we estimated 10-12hrs). 2. we wanted to avoid getting stuck behind the mule trains we had heard so much about. well within 9 minutes we were behind two cowboys and about 6 mules. they were very nice to us and allowed us to pass pretty quickly after shutting off our lights. it was so incredible to see the sunrise over the side of the canyon as we were by then about 1500 feet deep. the sun pealed back the curtain to unvail this natural wonder.. i was in awe. - did i mention it was krissy's birthday!

down down down about 5,000 feet we decended from the south rim via south kaibab trail we ran. after crossing the colorado river at the bottom of the canyon we ran into a horseback riding tour. their guide saw us coming, but as we found out he was determined to make us wait. so we waited for him to "check things" as his crew of tourists took photos of each other and i looked at my watch insesintly. to bring myself to a calm place i reminded myself that we were running at "birthday pace", and we were not in any rush (i took 112 photos if that is any indication).

we did finally make it to phantom ranch in about 1:40 (7:40am). the ranch opens at 8am and has coffee, lemonade (that roch and catherine said we must try), candy bars and post cards (that are muled out of the great hole - pretty cool). from the phantom ranch it was up the kaibab trail and the beginning of the 14 mile ascent. the climb was a a gradual pitch along the river and really nice runnable trail. then, about 5 miles from the top of the north rim it gets much steeper.
it was probably around 80 degrees but didn't feel hot as the nice breaze took the moisture from us before it got in our eyes. on our way up we stopped briefly to chat with dave mackey (team spyder) who was running out in front of the boulder crew and on a sub 9hr pace (yeah he's fast!). the ascent was amazing and the views were enough to stop me in my tracks... and if you know me that takes a lot. i sang happy birthday to krissy every few hours or so as the two of us made pretty good time up to the north rim. we arrived in just over 5 hours.

at the top (mile 22) there was a failed attempt to re-tape krissy's banged up knee for the descent she knew would hurt. so we took it a bit slower than normal on the way down. after all it was a 6,000 foot, 14 mile descent (my knees hurt just typing that). i didn't realize until krissy mentioned this to someone afterwards, that this descent had to be the longest continuous descent she'd ever run... me too (obviously). not sure where else in the world you can find that kind of runnable terrain.

the north kaibab trail back to the phantom ranch (mile 35) seemed to be twice as long as the way out. at the ranch krissy and i enjoyed the fabulously sugary lemonade and wrote post cards to our moms that the mules would carry out for us. i also gave her the birthday card i'd been carrying the entire run. . she loved it.

with renewed energy we headed up the final climb. back up to the south rim via bright angel trail, probably around 5,000 feet straight up and 9 miles. krissy owned this climbed. i was running the climb, just in a "lower gear" than her. i had an australian guy say to me, "she's losing you mate!". i just looked up and said "yeah, that happens". as we got closer to the top we ran into roch and catherine. they had hiked down to the river and timed it perfectly to see us finish and give krissy happy birthday wishes.

we slowed to chat when i looked at my watch.. we had only a few minutes left until we hit 11hrs total run time (the watch was on non stop from the first step of the run). "we have to beat 11hrs krissy!" we left roch running the uphill hard. krissy got about two switchbacks away from me and i didn't think i'd make it. she then of course waited for me and we literally sprinted the last 1/4 mile finishing in 10:59:50!

if you consider yourself an ultra runner i think running a r2r2r is a must, maybe even a right of passage. our route was 44 miles, 10,218 feet of gain (by suunto) - it was probably the most incredible run i've ever done. having never been to the grand canyon and the fact that it was krissy’s birthday made it that much more special (see her blog)... and she said it was one of the best birthdays she's ever had.

my gear:
shoes: montrail hardrock w/teko ecomerino wool socks & yankz laces
fuel: perpetuem, hammer gel, heed
pack: gregory stimulus w/one nathan handheld
electrolytes: nuun

Monday, October 23, 2006

a conversation with my quads

6:30am - beep.... beep.... beep
quads: are you serious? why in the world is that alarm going off. shut that damn thing off!

me: fellas it's time to train. the kid has to get some trail miles in today. it's supposed to start raining again tomorrow. plus this run is going to be under snow soon, let's hit it one more time.

quads: you aren't getting up to train. we hurt too much. and you did this to us.. so you owe us.

me: you used that excuse yesterday.

quads: yeah? well we still ran 9 miles yesterday! it would be stupid to do the same exact run that made us sore just two days ago (see previous blog). let us heal, then we can talk.

me: sorry fellas.. uppy uppy uppy (with my best mrs. noonan impression)

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

red mtn/goldmyer/snow lake loop from snoqualmie

great run today. pretty colors and good company. justin angle, john stamstad (both patagonia athletes) and myself started at snoqualmie pass and did an awesome 18.5 mile loop with around 6,700 feet of gain. so sweet.

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just too many good photos to put in the blog - see the rest here

Monday, October 16, 2006

northwest trail run and chuckanut

congrats to jill purcell!!!! i am jill's coach and i so proud of her recent endurance accomplishment - she completed her first 50 mile mtn bike race! wow she's come a long way in a short period of time (she just this year started to mtn bike!). great job jill, keep pushing your limits!

saturday i played volunteer and helped out local adventure racing team at their trail race. the series of runs is called the northwest trail runs. i love the idea, small, shorter trail races on local trails for people to get out and enjoy our local trail systems. national orienteering champion eric bone put on a great grass roots event, either a 5 or 10 mile course in soaring eagle park in sammamish, wa. i helped out and got to run about 8 miles while i marked the course. these are the same guys who put on the beast adventure race series, and the ron herzog 50k ultra (nov 11). got a total of 13 trail miles for the day.

10.15.06_chuckanut13.6miler 005sunday with the parkers!! got out with ellen her brother kurt for a 13.6 mile trail run up at chuckanut. great run great company... and with the light drizzle keeping the gapers away we had the trails all to ourselves. kurt had just solo climbed the south twin sister the day before, so he was suffering on the climbs.. and at chuckanut it's all climb! got a total of 18 trail miles on the day.

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the parkers love to run!

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kurt parker (one day after climbing the south twin sister) - this dude will smoke a pack of reds and still kick your ass

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me and kurt.. lovin' it (the rain stopped)

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the diva pose

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run it!

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kurt is fast

Sunday, October 15, 2006

2006 24hr Solo Mtn Bike World Championship Photos

2006Worlds 031 first off i have to thank matthew noell for his amazing support.. he was the only one in my pit, so he did everything; kept the bikes in race shape, fed me, cleaned me, helped me change cloths, kept track of what i was consuming, what place i was in and how fast i was going. the guy is amazing support but an even better friend. there was one point were i was starting to get down on myself, thinking i just wasn't riding well enough. 2006Worlds 032the next time through the pit matthew happened to give me a pep talk. he told me how well i was riding, how consistant i was and how much of a bad ass he thought i was. i didn't tell him this but the next few laps i was filled with the confidence he had just given me... priceless.
thank you matthew!

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my hammer pills. with just matthew as support i had to setup ready made tubes of pills for ease of consumption. my main three - race caps, mito-r and anti-fatigue

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as we line up for the lemans start they introduce each solo racer one at a time - this is australian craig gordon (cannondale) the eventual winner - hopefully he's out of the hospital by now!

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chris eatough (trek/volkswagen) - 2nd place

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rebecca rusch (specialized) - 2nd place female

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the line up before the run.. i hate the run!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

primal quest on espn2 and abc!

the first episode of primale quest 2006 aired last night on espn2. this is the big expedition adventure race my team and i raced in earlier this year in moab, ut. it will air every night this week on espn2. there are 4 episodes with a finale on abc this saturday - check it out! espn airtimes

Episode 1: Monday (Oct. 9) @7:30pm EST ESPN2
Episode 2: Tuesday (Oct. 10) @ 7:30pm EST ESPN2
Episode 3: Wednesday (Oct. 11) @ 7:30pm EST ESPN2
Episode 4: Thursday (Oct. 12) @ 7:30pm EST ESPN2
Episode 5 / Finale: Saturday (Oct. 14) @ 2pm EST / 4pm PST ABC

read these
  • yak from interviewed pq ceo rich brazeau about the show.
  • article on the world championship.
  • sologoat blog he was 2nd at worlds last year and 5th this year
  • floyd landis news
  • daily show on repubilican senator ted stevens
  • Sunday, October 8, 2006

    12th place - 24hr solo mtn biking world championship

    just in case you're curious. i placed 12th in the pro category at the 2006 24hr Solo World Championships. the course was soo brutal i can't even begin to tell you how much i hurt right now. i rode 24 grueling laps equaling 216 miles with 26,400 feet of gain. australian mtn bike marathon champion craig gordon won the race, beating trek/volkwagen's 6 time world champion chris eatough - absolutely amazing. adventure racer rebecca rusch took 2nd place in the pro female category with u.s. national short track champion sue haywood winning it.

    i have tried twice now to sleep but i am basically too messed up to fall asleep, it's mostly my breathing (super dusty course) but most evey movement hurts. i'm going to try again now as it's 12:08am atl time. i'll write a report l8s. here is a good pre-race velonews article on the heavy hitters.

    Tuesday, October 3, 2006

    a t l

    hot-lanta - home of the freaknick - i'm here in the dirty dirty baby!

    sunday lorna picked me up. we rolled right into a bbq at her neighbors house. they couldn't have been nicer. i think folks down here are very hospitable.

    monday traveled around town for 6 hours on my bike. this town is pretty sweet. i came across many cool little sections of town including little five points and a part of monroe st that was sweet.

    tuesday i did some errands around town on the bike in the morning. then got out to conyers for a couple laps of the worlds course. lorna hooked me up with a local xc racer named carleton who was just awesome. he gave me the complete tour of the course, which is almost totally marked. 9 miles, 1,100 feet of gain and a true mtn biking course! first lap we stopped a lot and was about 54 min. second lap i rode straight through, not race pace but not taking it easy either and rode about 48 mins. actually there really is nowhere to take it easy on the course. it's got loads of steep and relatively short uphills and then washed out steep and rutted downhills. there is a lot of exposed granite on the course, remincent of the slickrock in moab.. however not as smooth. it's mostly off camber and super rutted and rough, making it very jarring to ride. and stay off the pine neetles! i slid out yesterday purposely taking the pine needle section when i should have stayed on the granite. just a few scraps, nothing bad. one thing is clear - this course will beat you up! this race is going to be very tough.

    wednesday i chose a trip to the natural history museum instead of a mtn bike ride.. yeah that's right. i had an option to ride the course 2-3 more times with a hardcore local dude named johno. "listen to you body" got the best of me, plus i had just ridden it yesterday - and well the museum has the largest complete dinosaur that exists, a 123 foot argentinosaur! so sweet. finished the night with 20 mins of intervals on the bike, and a 30 min jog.

    thursday i picked up matthew and took the whole day off just doing errands... and eating a lot!

    friday today i woke up and packed the car to head out to conyers and setup. when matthew got up we started working on the bikes. the we hit a movie, the departed, good stuff. now he's on a conference call and i'm about to pack the car so we can go ride, setup and resigster.

    saturday we race!! you can follow along on

    80 - out!

    Friday, September 29, 2006

    taper tantrums

    yeah i'm having taper tantrums. i am struggling with this taper period already and I have one whole week left. a taper is a reduction in training volume before a race. the idea is to let you body recover and heal from all the hard training in preparation for the race. i hate to taper. it makes me feel slow, bloated, and not ready to race.

    i don't like to use the car. so i do everything possible on the bike or on foot. yesterday i had many errands to do so i ended up training for 5hrs.. i rode, ran, lifted weights and hit yoga throughout the day getting all these little things done. i never pushed the pace and rode/ran very slowly. but it was still too much time to be not resting.

    making it worse this time around is the fact that my diet has been a complete joke lately. i can't even pretend. i am eating waaaaay too much. i'm 5 lbs heavier than when i won the norba regionals and i can feel it. i was 143 then, i'm now 148 if i'm lucky. think about putting an extra 5 lbs on your bike and climbing that same hill you ride every day.. yes you will feel it. i've just had this insatiable appetite... so i empty the contents of my fridge into my belly. am I listening to my body? or just overdoing it? i think it’s the latter, but i can justify it with the former. however any attempt to drop a few pounds now would only hurt my performance. my body needs proper nutrients to recover, not fewer calories at this point.

    it's only 8 days away! i leave on sunday for atlanta, georgia. I’m staying with fellow adventure racer lorna mcgee. she raced primal quest this year with team stinkyfeet/kilt racers. she has been my little angel from georgia. my buddy and mechanic matthew noell comes out thursday oct 6th. i've already shipped my turner nitrous. i'm taking the turner flux with me on the plane. the u.s. postal service sucks, a bike box is apparently too big for them to ship.?.. but fedex was great. at 32.1 lbs it was around $43 to ship ground. after i put the $5,000 insurance on it, it came to about $65 - still cheaper than the airlines who charge $100 each way! the airlines suck if you are a cyclist.

    I just had my last massage before the race. until ellen started to dig in i thought my legs were feeling great. they were actually a mess from all the training and no massage therapy.

    ps: check out the 246km spartathlon ultramarathon - jurek just won it!

    that's it for today - i gotta pack!
    80 out

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    Sunday, September 24, 2006

    don't go drinkin with this guy

    i'm just glad my addition is to ultra distance sports, cause alcohol addiction is much rougher. if the alcohol doesn't kill you the company you keep might. although i've felt at times that my training partners were trying to kill me, it was nothing like this. i have somehow figured out how to live a very exciting life without the booze. my cousin eric has not. i just spent some time with his mother, when she was traveling through seattle last week. she said he was doing well and was sober. although exciting, sort lived. since then he has fallen off the wagon - and this time the company he kept made sure it hurt - seacoast online article... if you don't feel like reading it, this guy pictured and my cousin got let out of jail together, then decided to hit the local gas station for some booze. they were drinking in the woods when this guy here decided to try and kill my cousin. he chocked him until he thought he was dead then he bashed his skull to make sure (two skull fractures).

    i'm going for a bike ride.

    Saturday, September 23, 2006

    unexpected century... plus 6

    i've been on this "listen to your body" kick lately (read on the brink). yesterday my body told me to ride around doing my errands on my bike and go to yoga. with my palms in rough shape holding the handlebars hurts (so does yoga actually). i have two weeks until worlds. i waffled between riding one last long day or giving into the taper and hurt hands and just do some shorter more intense training. but i really wanted to get one more long day in, i just wasn't so sure my palms could handle it.

    so i woke up at 6am this morning and packed the car to do the "tour de whidbey" 100 mile ride (not a race) around whidbey island. by the time i was done packing the car my right hand wounds were bleeding. i went back to bed.

    hours later, after a fancy bandaging job i was entertaining the idea of riding again. i called cory and matthew hoping to have some company. no go. so i headed out on this beautiful day with no plan other than to ride until i felt like stopping (listening to my body again). 106 miles later i stopped. it was just one of those days. it appears taking time off is a good thing. i rode the first 100 miles in 5:44 even with the traffic on the burke gilman trail slowing the pace. the whole 106 miles took 6:05, as the last few miles of bg trail through the u was frustrating and very very slow - still managed around an 18mph pace for 106 miles, which is good for me.

    last big mileage day done! next challenge: tapering for two weeks! i hate to taper.