Monday, December 31, 2007

My Training Year 2007

this is a snapshot of my last 356 days of training (climb is in meters). it's pretty interesting to look at actually. it's my first year logging all my data in one place so i've never had this luxury before. of everyone on the website i logged the 2nd highest training volume for the year. two major injuries, and one major surgery that combined took me out about 3 whole months.

i'm automatically drawn to the big numbers. how many miles did i run this year? i didn't realize i was so close to getting 2,000 miles on the year, just 49.94 miles short. my biggest week was 206 miles (not normal or suggested - unless your name is anton). in looking at this i feel like it was a good year of racing and training. i have to stay focused on my periodization and taking recovery weeks. it's funny because i frequently have to reassure coaching clients that this is a necessary thing to do.. why is it your own advise is so hard to follow?

what i need is a coach. even a coach needs a coach. it's the objective point of view i'm missing for sure. i am still hopeful that lisa smith-batchen will have time to coach me as we have talked about coaching together... but we'll see. i might just have to ask justin to coach me. what i'm scared about is giving up that control of my training and trusting someone else.

i'm very tempted to make goals like "run more than 2,000 miles with over 300,000 feet of gain". both of which i was very close to. however i didn't realize i was close until just now in looking up the data and it doesn't much matter. what does matter is that i periodize my training volume and intensity correctly for the races that are important to me.. and above all else this year listen to my body, not my head and my ego.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome."-Albert Einstein


tagged.. like roger clemens to steriod use. ok that is a bad example but i've been meaning to take a shot at him for a while. the 2007 ultrarunner of the year greg crowther has blog tagged me. it seemed like an appropriate way to remember and round out 2007.

1. Most memorable moment on the trails…
my most memorable moment as a compeditor - mile 25 of big horn wild and scenic 50km. we had just finished the big downhill. i knew i was in 3rd and i hadn't seen 1st in a long long time. the blisters on my feet were bad and 2nd place just seemed to get further and further away as we decended. we came into the trees and the aid station at mile 25 and bam... there is 1st with his hands on his head, shirt off, suffering severely.. and 2nd place right next to him trying to eat and fill bottles looking confused and stumbling around. i filled my bottle and bolted feeling new energy. i was now in first place and 2nd gave chase. i dropped him on the very next climb - adrenaline took over. it went right down to the wire and i thought for a while in that race there was no way of winning. but taking care of myself and patience paid off - and i wasn't even supposed to be fit yet!! sweetness.

close 2nd - smashing my head open on the south sister in oregon on a 45 mile circumnavigation of the three sisters mountains during the "colonel's 100 mile boot camp".

2. Best new trail I discovered in 2007…
my obsession with the olympic national park paid off this year, but i have to give this one to the death canyon trail to static peak (watch the video) in the grand teton national park. june 18, 2007 with sean meissner as my tour guide we hit this after the big horn wild and scenic trail race.

close 2nd - the "the trail of 1,000 waterfalls" meissner and gifford and i ran in the olympics.

3. My best performance of the year was…
the grand teton 100. my first 100 mile ultra. i had two hernias. it was at altitude.. and i pulled out a second place. although handily beaten by andy jones-winkens, i held my own and made him earn it. we both broke the previous course record by hours.

4. I do not know how I previously survived without…
my patagonia 9 trails jacket (no link because i can't find it anywhere). maybe i run with too many patagonia ultrarunners, but this is the most versatile piece in my closet. i've been running all winter in it with just a short sleeve on underneath. through rain and snow, wind and hail the nine trails jacket holds up. it's a composite of wind stopper and light softshell. it was a gift from patagonia ultra runner jamie gifford. i "borrowed" it while pacing him to victory at the cascade crest 100.. after the fact he said "keep it as a thank you". thanks jamie it was unexpected but very much appreciated... and the best gift i received all year. =)

5. The person I would most like to meet on a trail in 2008...
oh i know... matt carpenter, he's a bad ass. and you thought i was going to say dean karnazes!? =)

6. The race I am most excited/scared about in 2008 is…
the hardrock 100 for sure. if i get in, i'll be able to point my OCD lazer focus on this race and it's currently in need of some direction. the course is an ass kicker and with scott jurek, kyle skaggs and justin angle (as well as many others i'm sure) running this one the competition will be fierse... bring it.

now tagging:
hal koerner (i wonder what he'll write for best performance of the year?)
rod bien
wynn davis

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tiger Fat Ass 25k Loop

next week is the tiger fat ass 50km in issaquah, wa. since i'll be headed down to oregon with justin to run with meissner and bien i figured i'd get a taste of the course with kimberly.. above 1,600 feet it was an absolutely beautiful winter wonderland. if you are running it next weekend - here is your preview.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

You... want to interview me?

i was contacted by they guys over at the team pr for an interview. yes, i'm as suprised as you are with the list of top athletes they have lined up. they even put together this montage of images...basically you log on to the chat room and you can interactively ask questions and be a part of the interview. it should be interesting.
Chat with Matt Hart on Thursday, December 27th at 8:00 PM EST

check out the online chat here.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays

did you know we are actually celebrating the birth of mythra, not jesus? pretty interesting.

The History of Christmas

The History of Christmas
A look back at how the tradition of Christmas came to be.

my running is back on track. i put in a 70 mile week last week and felt great. saturday i had my biggest day in a long time with 27 miles; 15 trail miles in the morning with justin and jurek, 4 tempo miles waiting for car toys to figure things out and 8 more running to and from my friends matthew/chantrelle's house for dinner. yesterday we skied 14 inches of freshies at steven's pass. this morning justin and i snuck off for a quick christmas morning 10 miler. then i spent the day with my close friends the copsons and frasers in issaquah. i had a great day.. hope you all did too!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Story of Stuff

please take a second and watch the story of stuff - it's good.

Friday, December 14, 2007

My Wednesday and Friday

another wed night ride put on by dart-nuun and our sponsor light & motion. the first two were at towers of power in renton. this last one we hit seatac.

me, dan and aaron

the crew!.. notice the prominece of my nuun logos

friday i got together once again with the patagonia green runner justin angle and tom ederer for a 20 miler on the chuckanut 50k course. so nice to be out there running distance again. this was my longest run in months and only my 3rd of any real distance since my double hernia surgery. 20 miles and 4,500 feet of gain. great day out.. but it's pretty obvious the massive amounts of fitness i have lost. my uphill running is a joke! every climb these guys would slowly (or not so slowly actually) pull away. but i'm back and feeling healthy - so it's just a matter of time.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Training Through the Winter

big packs, big day = good times.

train through the winter? yep you can do it pretty easy here in seattle. yesterday i headed out with a coaching client who is preparing for the 2008 primal quest. our goal was a long day out of base miles. 10 hours of training with heavy packs!

1:18 kayak - yes december 9th and we are paddling!
4:30 trek - awesome mountainous trek with a bit of trail navigation
4:11 road ride - we rode from seattle to the mountains and back again - it was cold

notice the nuun bottles! gotta stay hydrated.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Flirting With Being Completely Healthy

i am just a couple days from two months post double hernia surgery. i've had a scare or 10 along the way. the latest scare came after ski touring two weekends ago. let's just say things didn't feel right during or after. i decided to take the following week off from skiing and running and i spoke with my surgeon. he assured me this could be normal because the mesh has to reassimilate with the abdomin. so again, i rested.

i tried the abs out again yesterday, 14 miles of awesome pacnw trail running at the middle fork of snoqualmie with the patagonia green runner justin angle and his buddy tom. beautiful snowy trails had me euphoric for the first 45 min or so. for the first time in over a year i didn't feel the abs/hips during a run! i was thinking "so this is what it feels like to run with a healthy body. i can get used to this... it's a lot easier!" however after a few slips on the snow and wet roots the pain reared it's ugly head, but this time with considerable less discomfort than ever. today i feel great and i can do leg lifts with less pain than i can remember in recent memory... it's still there, but it's obviously getting better. needless to say this has me very excited and all fired up about this season.

when i think back to how i ran at the hurt 100k in january of 2007 i recall my strategy to get around the right side abdominal pain i had yet to diagnose as a hernia. it was to make every big step up a log or root with my left leg.. because lifting the right side hurt. sounds ridiculous for 62 miles of constant up or down terrain right? yeah. so the prospect of running without issues slowing me down has me all giddy inside. now i just need to put in the work - but that is the fun part!... and planning my season, that is fun too.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

2008 Western States 100 Endurance Run Lottery

i will not be getting one of these buckles this year. the western states 100 lottery was saturday and i did not get in. i have mixed emotions about this. for years as an adventure racer i used to dream of focusing on running and seeing how i could do in the biggest ultras, against the best out there. in my observations of the ultra scene the biggest stage seems to be western states 100 and the hardest race seems to be the hardrock 100 (with it's 32,000 feet of gain). they start accepting applications for hardrock on january 1... and i want in!

honestly the terrain and rediculousness of hardrock is more suited to my current skills.. and i know i'll enjoy the training for this more than i would for training for western states. now if the lottery gods will allow me entry! wish me luck.. i'll need it.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

BEAST Adventure Race Dec 2, 2007

today i volunteered at the beast adventure race - good fun.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Reasons for Wrecks

This was posted on the Hammer Nutrition Message Board - thought it was interesting enough to share. Please stay safe out there.

"Reasons for Wrecks
Bob Mionske is a two-time U.S. Olympic cycling team member (4th in the
1988 road race) who now specializes in bicycle law in Portland, Oregon.
He writes the "Legally Speaking" column for, has a book called
"Bicycling and the Law," and runs a website at In short,
he's an expert on cyclists' rights and how laws affect them.

His legal work also makes Mionske, 45, savvy about crashes.
According to his research, there are about 500,000
cycling accidents each year that
result in an emergency room visit. Here's how they happen (numbers
are rounded):

---59% involve no object or other person
---14% involve a fixed object
---11% involve a moving motor vehicle
---9% involve another bicycle
---3% involve an animal
---3% involve a pedestrian
---1% involve a stationary motor vehicle
---1% other

Considering only accidents involving a
moving motor vehicle (11%), here's where they happen:

---45% in an intersection
---25% entering a roadway
---14% riding with flow of traffic
---8% riding against traffic
---9% other

The lessons are obvious: Never
stop working on your bike-handling skills, and be extra cautious where there
can be cross traffic -- in intersections or when riding onto busier roads"

Thursday, November 29, 2007

We Ride Mountain Bikes at Night

last night my adventure racing team dart-nuun and i kicked off this winters wednesday night mountain bike rides. it's a free group ride in the seattle area. our awesome sponsor light and motion provides the bike lights for anyone and everyone to try and we just hit the trails.. at night! mountain biking in the dark on singletrack in adventure races and 24 hour mtn bike races takes a lot of practice and with the mild seattle weather we're able to practice all winter long - well, as long as you are tough enough to ride in the cold rain! it's always a blast... here are a few shots of last night.
Aaron Rinn, RVG and JPC

Peteris, Miles, Frenchy and Kim

The whole crew

Bo Knows

great article on bo jackson, the former biggest sports marketing star in the world. and the requisite youtube video to accompany it...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

First Turns of the Year!

a tour in pictures - chinook pass

headed out around naches peak

that pyramid looking peak is where we were headed

our view of mount rainier on the skin up

our view from the summit.. now, we ski!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Giving Thanks

today i am thankful for many things. i'm most thankful however for my crazy family. we have seemingly come from the ashes of dysfunction and have made it work. <here is where i wrote then omitted a diatribe that should be saved for the psychologist.>

i'll keep it short and sweet with visuals instead.

my family (don't know what i'd do without them - and how cute is lil sammy? come on.. nice boots!)

my health (i mean look at what i get to do!)

my friends (friendship has always meant a great deal to me - i have some of the best!)

the ride to the thanksgiving - crisp beautiful seattle day.

hostess with the mostess

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Carly Rocks! New Coaching Endurance Flyer

about a year ago now, rogue valley runner carly (yes, hal's carly) said to me in passing that if i needed to make an advertising flyer for my coaching business she would help me (out of the kindness of her heart). in a few installments i sent her photos and some brief and non-detailed descriptions of what i wanted. basically i kept stalling... i needed to get my head around the fact that i have to advertise myself. it's still something i struggle with, but last week i decided i would give it a try, so i sent carly an email saying "thanks for your time. please just send me whatever you have" because i didn't want to waste any more of her time.

well with little to no direction she came through huge for me!


**check out the rogue valley runners blog.

Monday, November 19, 2007

2008 "Tribute to the Trails" Calendar Project

email from glenn tachiyama... go ahead and pick one of these sweet calendars up.! meissners in it running in a skirt!

"Hi Everyone!

You need a wall calendar, right? Holiday gifts? Stocking stuffers?

The 3rd edition of the "Tribute to the Trails" wall calendar are on
their way to the stores and they should receive them sometime this
week! Here's a peek at what the calendar looks like:

As always, this is a fundraiser and all proceeds from the sales will
be directly donated to Washington Trails Association ,
the wonderful people who create, repair and maintain the trails we
love to play on.

Printing costs are the major obstacle for a project like this, and
we'd like to thank Dirty Girl Gaiters and
Pacific Coast Trail Runs for their generous
sponsorship. Gratitude also goes out to ZombieRunner for their online services and the stores who are
donating their time to sell the calendars, the races who made
additional monetary contributions, and the athletes who permitted us
the use of their images.

The price of the calendar is $18 and here's where you can purchase them:


Pacific Coast Trail Runs:

The Balanced Athlete (Kent, WA):
Everyday Athlete (Kirkland, WA):
FootZone Bend (Bend, OR):
Patagonia by Pandora's Backpack (Bend, OR):
Rogue Valley Runners (Ashland, OR):
Runners Soul (Spokane, WA):
Seattle Running Company (Seattle, WA):
Sport Town: 131 Parkade Plz / Spokane, WA 99201 / 509.838.4232

THANKS in advance for supporting our project! And we'd love to hear
from you...good or bad...your feedback is always welcome!

Glenn Tachiyama
Wendy Wheeler-Jacobs"

Sunday, November 18, 2007

JFK 50 Miler Results!

the montrail sponsored jfk 50 miler is the oldest ultramarathon in the country, and thus one of the most competitive. . and results are in. last night i spoke with montrail ultrarunner sean meissner - he's ecstatic with 8th place (6:31) - yeah it's that serious. also noteworthy.. seattle ultrarunner greg crowthler placed 10th (6:41) and fellow montrailian annette bednosky was 2nd woman, 23rd overall (7:10).

congrats to you all.

it's not my kind of race because it's so flat and fast... but if i get into western states i'll have to figure out how to find some leg speed.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

What's The Haps?

training: i'm enjoying the off-season. i'm coaching a lot and increasing my client list - i love this job!. i'm still healing from my double hernia surgery, so there is a bit of residual ab pain and even worse are my hips. i used to think my hip issues were related to the hernias, now i'm not so sure. i've gradually increased my volume since my surgery, 11:51; 12:13; 15:06; with this week around 19 hours and next week being my peak volume week of this meso-cycle at 25 hour-ish. got in a good 30 mile road ride today with kimberly and i'll ride 50 miles tomorrow... likely in a downpour. i've gotta be done by nuun so i can watch the seahawks with the boys.

skiing: this seattle weather is killing me! yesterday was supposed to be my first day in the backcountry on skis. the plan was to skin and ski mount rainier.. thwarted! crappy conditions had us then turn our attention to mt baker area, table mtn and ptarmigan ridge. woke up and the telemetry data said 1 inch of rain had fallen overnight and it was still raining below 6,000ft.

we hiked mailbox peak with 30 lbs backpacks instead. i'm still waiting on getting those first turns.

racing: i'm debating whether or not i'm going to do an early season 24 hour solo mtn bike race. i'm undecided partly because i really want to return to run big horn again. i won the 50k last year and would run the 50 miler in '08 if i went.. and i'd hope ty draney would run another distance! however if i did the round the clock 24hr solo i wouldn't be recovered for big horn, or even trained for it for that matter. recovery from a 24 hour mtn bike race is not joke, so i wouldn't be able to race for over a month after, maybe longer. which makes me think maybe i'll do it as two person team. when i think about local mtn bikers to race with... it would have to be my dart-nuun adv racing teammate ryan vangorder - doods a monster.

december 1st is the western states lottery. "there are a record number of entries in the Western States lottery this year (1,352!)... and a dismal 16% chance of getting selected." this is from ajw's blog, he then goes on to list the top male contenders who have signed up. it's an impressive and intimidating list. gets me all fired up to run it!

coaching: coaching has been an absolute joy lately. i've just finished a 5 week session of weekly track workouts and demand was so high i'm doing another one in december!! i've also added to the client list a couple of adventure racers getting ready for primal quest 2008 - very exciting.

quote of the day:
"We have found that there is no conflict between our business model of everyday low costs and everyday low prices and being a more sustainable business," Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott said in the Wal-Mart Environmental Report.

Friday, November 16, 2007

How Much Does a Double Hernia Surgery Cost?


Full Metal Jacked

Get Full Metal Jacked like a Navy SEAL

Any Navy man can try out to be a member of the legendary SEALs. But three out of four will quit before the end of the 11-week weed-out program, the most physically grueling in the military. (The program motto: “The easiest day was yesterday.” Damn.) The goal is to increase a recruit’s pain threshold, so each drill assaults multiple muscles and pushes endurance to a level most will never know. “We train the hell out of the recruits because on any given day we need guys who can do 12-hour dives, climb aboard a ship, and fight till it’s ours,” says Alden Mills, a former SEAL platoon commander. Skip your next spin class and do this total body, holy-shit-I-want-to-die workout ripped from the SEAL training manual. Good luck, ensign.

Build Explosive Power
fitnessFullMetalJacked_explosivePower01.jpg Step 1 Place two markers 20 yards apart. From the first marker, do walking lunges. On each lunge, keep your front thigh parallel to the ground. At the second marker, do 10 push-ups. Sprint back and repeat four times. fitnessFullMetalJacked_explosivePower02.jpg Step 2 From the first marker, do standing broad jumps: Hop forward; repeat. Don’t move your feet after landing, as it relaxes your muscles, a negative in SEAL training. At the second marker, do 10 wide push-ups. Sprint back and repeat four times. fitnessFullMetalJacked_explosivePower03.jpg Step 3 From the first marker, do scissor lunges: From the squat lunge position, leap forward and switch legs in midair, rightfully earning the title of Twinkle Toes Terminator. At the second marker, do 10 close-grip push-ups. Sprint back and repeat four times. Next, take a five-minute break. This is only the beginning.
Steel Your Core
fitnessFullMetalJacked_steelCore01.jpg Step 1 Do 30 reps of classic crunches. Then flip over and do arm haulers: Lift your head and chest up and stick your arms forward like a fallen drunk who thinks he’s Superman. Then sweep them to your sides without touching the ground for 30 reps. fitnessFullMetalJacked_steelCore02.jpg Step 2 Do another 30 reps of crunches, but this time straighten your legs. Flip over and do 30 reps of arm haulers, but keep both feet several inches off the ground. The pain you feel now is good, apparently. “It lets you know you’re still alive,” Mills says. Thanks! fitnessFullMetalJacked_steelCore03.jpg Step 3 Finish this round with 30 reps of combo crunches: From the crunch position, bring your knees and elbows up to meet at the top of the movement. Unfold. Now do 30 arm haulers, but lift your legs and knees off the ground this time. Now get up, recruit, and prepare to run!
Boost Your Endurance
fitnessFullMetalJacked_endurance01.jpg Step 1 From the first marker, do a half-speed run 20 yards to the second. Jog back, then do a three-quarter-speed run. Jog back, then do an all-out sprint. Dry your tears and repeat the circuit two more times. To keep your heart rate up, don’t rest in between, but try to “recover” on the jogs. fitnessFullMetalJacked_endurance02.jpg Step 2 Place markers 40 yards apart and do the first circuit three times. And remember: “If you don’t feel like you’re starting to die and/or puke at the end of the first few, then you’re not putting up,” says Mills. fitnessFullMetalJacked_endurance03.jpg Step 3 Yep, you guessed it—place markers 60 yards apart and do the first circuit three times. Made it this far? Well done, ensign. Diesel-ness accomplished

Monday, November 12, 2007

Has nuun Made You Famous?

brandon over nuun, a montrail ultrarunning team sponsor, put together this sweet page of nuun user photos. this photo my dart-nuun adv racing teammate ryan fleming took and it made the cut. this is "the next day" at the 2006 raid the north in kamloops, bc canada. we're about 17 hours into the race at this point (that is me with my head down). we're running up the ski resort slopes for the last checkpoint... good times! send your cool nuun photos to and get famous fast! i just sent this one of sean meissner i took after 2007 big horn 50 miler!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

2008 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run

ok, it's done. after a month of waffling (it costs $310!) i decided i'd sign up for both western states 100 (the oldest and most prestigous 100 miler) and the hardrock 100 (the hardest 100 miler) and let fate decide which one i run in 2008. there are so many entrants into both of these races that they have lottery systems in place to randomly select who gets to race. this is the case for most of the major 100 milers in the u.s.a. - kind of amazing how many crazy folks wanna run 100 trail miles. the lottery for western states is december 1st, mark your calendars. if i don't get into western states i will apply for hardrock.

my training will be vastly different this year depending on which one i get in to (if any)... either way i'm excited about 2008! the hardrock 100 as a race really speaks to me. it starts in silverton, co at 10,000 feet elevation and over the course of 100 miles it climbs 32,000 feet - it is rediculous, and i like that.
i want one of these!

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Whole Enchilada - Moab, Utah

today we rode the whole enchilada. we started at warner campground instead of burros because of the snow level. this amazing ride starts at 9,450 feet in the la sal mountains southeast of moab. it connects hazard country trail, kokopeli, porcupine rim and drops you at the colorado by negro bills canyon a few miles out of moab. most people pay for a shuttle service to get to the top so they can just enjoy the ride down.. i am averse to two things, shuttles and ski lifts.

my ride today: 59 miles: 5,800 feet of amazing descent, 5,800 feet of tough ascent back up into the la sals to get the car.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Bartlett Wash Slickrock - Moab, Utah

things in moab are good.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Sovereign Singletrack - Moab, UT

day 1 of our adventure started in moab at one of my favorites. sovereign singletrack: 20.7 miles, 2200 feet of gain, good times, good (enough) abs.

Friday, November 2, 2007

18 Hours Later...

steve and i drove the nuun van all the way from seattle to moab.. 18 hours of driving and one nap later we arrived. we're camping for the next couple of days right on the main drag in moab (rt 191)... i can't wait to ride!

honestly though i am a bit concerned with how my abs have been feeling. although the dr said "it's going to hurt for a while" i can't help but worry. i don't wanna "blow a mesh!". i've been riding and running super easy for 1 week now. yesterday was 3 weeks post-op. last weekend i did back to back easy 25 mile road rides and the abs hurt for two days after that. i have been to three yoga classes and just did the poses that felt ok. this past wed and thurs i put in my first hard efforts while teaching spin class. everything felt fine during class. but afterwards the right side was sore. then we started this long drive to moab and they never felt right the whole time.

i know i need to take it slow and i'm prepared to just doodle around town if things don't feel right. however we have some pretty awesome plans.. the biggest of which is the the whole enchilada, a 26 mile combination of trails that starts in the la sals and drops you 7,000 glorious vertical feet down into moab. but with steve just getting back on his bike and me on the mend we might leave that for last and start with a favorite of both of ours... the sovereign trail. oh boy...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Headed to Moab.. again!

i am frantically packing for an impromptu trip to moab! the weather looks perfect! stay tuned for mega-blogging of our adventures!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Next Season

i really can't decide what races to run in 2008.. i just got this remind i set myself. here is the list of 100 mile races i want to do.. but i can't do them all, so i have to start making the hard decisions.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Montrail Odyssey Trail Shoe Review

being a montrail ambassador means i'm constantly being asked about montrail shoes. i would say the shoe i suggest the most is the montrail odyssey. this is because the montrail odyssey is the most versitile trail running shoe on the market today. even the most hardened trail runner is forced to run road on ocassion. the montrail odyssey was designed as a light weight trail shoe that is just as comfortable on the road as on the trail. matter of fact... this is my road shoe. it's also my favorite light weight trail shoe (just 12oz). i even race ultras up to 50 miles in this shoe because it's light weight, stable and has a great cushioned sole for my achey knees. is it tough? i wore a pair of montrial odysseys on a circumnavigation of the sisters mountains in oregon. 45 miles and 10,000 feet of gain with a summit of the south sister and a 3,000 foot decent on a lava rock and scree... and i'm still running in them. on those hot days you'll appreciate the upper being made of very breathable mesh and on the wet days you will appreciate the gryptonite treads. the only complaint i have is that the tongue on the odyssey doesn't have a loop for the laces to keep it in place. this is not usually an issue, but after hours and hours of running sometimes it falls to the side more than i would like it to.

** the first production run of the odyssey had a defect where the lugs on the sole would fall off fairly easily because they were individual pieces. the latest versions have fixed that by making the lugs all attached to one piece.

the montrail odyssey in action! - olympic national park

outside magazine's take on the montrail odyssey

Friday, October 26, 2007

I Like To Share

"every bite of food we take is an investment we make in our bodies -- or a debt we take out."

great read on grist for parents on eating organic. a couple of quotes i liked:

"A few years ago I did a study with the Environmental Working Group where we measured umbilical cord blood in babies. We found an average of 200 different industrial chemicals in their cord blood at birth. Of the total 287 chemicals we detected, 180 are known to cause cancer in humans and 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system. So I realized that what's "out there" is in us -- even in the most inner sanctum of the womb."

"I'm working most on the food front, and my reasoning is that every bite of food we take is an investment we make in our bodies -- or a debt we take out. It's a vital and immediate impact. And it also impacts our air, land, streams, and global warming. If just 10 percent of our food supply were organic, it would be the equivalent of taking millions of cars off the roads. On farms, about 40 percent of the oil use comes from the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are all oil-based."

i'm currently reading jack daniel's running formula. i ran into this race pace calculator from his book online. all you need is one of your race times and it will estimate how fast you would run other distances.

an episode of keeping up with gouchers (nike distance runners) where the gouchers talk about purservering through injuries. adam had a double hernia as well.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hernia Recovery

hernia is a dirty word. i have a slight feeling of shame when i admit i just had a surgery on my double inguinal hernias. i think this is because most people believe this to be a condition associated with overweight people. as this post shows (thanks sean) it's very common in runners.

i'm now 11 days off of my double hernia laproscopic surgery. they made a few small incisions, blew my stomach up with carbon dioxide and slid a camera on a stick in there to check things out. my dr then stapled a mesh patch over each of my holes. from the operative report: "A 3x6 sheet of ultra Pro mesh was then tacked to Cooper's ligament, the underside of the tranversalis fascia and the symphysis pubis. No tacks were placed lateral to the epigastric vessels or the iliacs. Laterally, the mesh was interspersed between the peritoneum and the pelvic sidewall without any clips. This laid down nicely. It covered the possible location of the femoral hernia as well as an indirect and direct hernia nicely."

so how do i feel? after a week i was a bit disapointed that my stomach still hurt as much as it did. i've had lots of friends and elite runners tell me they had the same surgery (well 1 hernia, not 2) and that they were running rather quickly after it.. one said 4 days, another 9 days after surgery. i am still not sure i could run if i wanted to. i have very localized pain, especially on the left side. a life without activity is tough for me. my life literally revolves around it. i taught a track workout on wed and had to just stand there, in the rain. ugh. i called the dr last week and asked if i could ride my bike "super easy". the nurses response was "absolutely not! not until you see the dr."

well i am just back from seeing the dr today. everything looks good and i have the green light to ride super easy on a stationary bike. i'm going to give that a try tonight. on saturday, which is 2 weeks post-op, i can start to do normal training and ramping up my efforts... albeit extremely slowly

24hrs of moab

24 hours of moab mtn bike race: world champion 24hr solo mtn bike racer chris eatough and elite adventure racer jari kirland won this years race in the desert (velonews article). jari beat my friend rebecca rusch, this years 24hr solo world champion. it must have been a good show. my buddy aaron vanderwal was there racing on a team. he gives an entertaining account (and me some props) in his blog titled "I Passed Chris Eatough - 24 Hours of Moab Report".

i know how hard this course is. to date it's the only race i've ever dnf'd. yes, i dropped. i was not prepared to race mentally or physically. i was adventure racing every other weekend with my team DART-nuun, and i had already raced in two 24hr solo mtn bike races is my first season as a mtn bike racer (placing 6th at the 24hr solo mtn bike nationals). the moab course is tough, sandy and unrelenting.. long story short - this raced ended with me weeping in my van. i did however learn some important lessons.

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. " - Beverly Sills

posting and thinking about this race makes me want to get back to 24hr solo mtn bike racing. maybe one early season race if i can swing training properly for it... we'll see.. maybe a may attempt at reclaiming the Northwest NORBA 24hr Solo/WA State Solo Mtn Bike Championship? more on my 2008 season to follow - so many ideas!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Delta Air Dumps Luggage Over Chicago!

i won't even comment, because it wouldn't be very nice..

Jetliner Dumps Luggage Over Chicago

Who runs this company? Delta CEO is Richard Anderson and their President is Ed Bastian.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

YouTube Gems

a couple of gems for your viewing pleasure.

early lance armstrong interview

i don't smoke personally.. but i appreciate his honesty because it's rare amongst politicians

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sean Meissner's 2007 Tahoe 72 Race Report

montrail nathan ultrarunning team member seans meissner's account of this race had me on the edge of my seat.. so i just had to post it -way to run buddy!

"So I raced the 72 miler around the lake on Sept. 29, starting at midnight. The short of it:

1st place - 10:39:xx
2nd place - 10:41:xx

As I left my hotel at 11:15 p.m., it was super windy, really cold, icy, and, oh yeah, snowing. What do you do? You deal with it.

Akos Konya and I ran the first 5 miles right at 8 minute pace, then he thought that was too slow so he went around me, put a small gap and was down to 7:30s real quick. Like an idiot, I followed along 50 meters back. I hit 20 miles in 2:28, and 50k in 3:56. By then, Akos was maybe only 10 seconds in front of me. We both started struggling (because we were idiots and ran too hard, too soon, in the snow and ice and 25 degree weather - not including wind chill). He started feeling better by 34. I didn't. I walked hills. He didn't. And obviously, I puked. A lot. He didn't.

By mile 46, he had 40 minutes on me. At mile 50, somehow it was down to 30, and I was walking a lot (guess he was crawling). Finally, at mile 54 I started feeling a bit better. By 57, I was back in the groove. 7:45s and 8:00s all around. I was powering up the hills, and cruising down. At mile 17, my crew told me they thought Akos was only 15 minutes ahead. So they drove up to where he was, and when I got there, he was only 5 minutes up the road (mile 64.5). This was at the base of the last brutal climb. So I ran hard up and just past 66, he was 1 minute up.

I caught Akos with 5 miles to go and I was flying. He looked to be struggling, but he responded. I pushed harder, and ran mile 68 in 6:30 and put about 15 seconds on him. He caught back up and we were shoulder to shoulder, flying after 68 hard miles on the icy pavement, now at 6:40 pace. It was intense. He surged again. I responded. Finally with a little over 2 to go, he made the move. I was red-lining it and I was done.

Akos won in 10:39:xx, I was 2nd in 10:41:xx. It was definitely the hardest I've ever run at the end of an ultra. It was intense, fast, and completely awesome! We were both totally wasted at the finish. We both left it all out there - I just left mine a little sooner. Very fun.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Laid Up and Blogging

i'm laying around recovering. although i heard each day you should feel considerably better, today seems a lot like yesterday. i can just barely get up off the couch on my own. it's one of those things where you can do it, but it hurts, so i probably shouldn't. anyway, being couch/bed ridden this gives me some time to blog.

the last few weeks have also given me some time to reflect about my own training and how i coach other athletes (more to come on this one). on vacation i reread nutrition periodization for endurance athletes, and started reading daniel's running formula.

karl meltzer and scott mason ( have posted some awesome trail running tip videos on "crashing is part of the deal". true dat.

karl also just did an interview with endurance planet, good stuff:

  • Play in Windows Media Karl MeltzerKarl Meltzer
  • Play in RealPlayer
  • Play mp3 stream
  • Direct link to mp3 file

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