Tuesday, February 20, 2007

coyote 4 play

c4p is a tough one to describe. basically it's an invite only four day ultrarunning event. if you are willing and able you can add two big days before the event called scrub runs where you run the backbone trail (70 miles) through the santa monica mountains. with the scrub runs and some boner miles (that is what they call em) i got about 204 miles of running in 6 days. my biggest running week by like 80 miles! very fun, entertaining and exciting... i got to meet ultrarunning royalty and run with them in the most amazing terrain.

scrub runs:
tues - 38 miles with 8,200 feet of gain on the backbone trail in the santa monica mountains.
wed - 32 miles (lost elevation data but i think it was 6,400 ft)

official 2007 coyote 4 play start:
thurs- 7 mile loop up and down ray miller trail (1100 feet of gain) in a hail and crazy wind/rain
fri - 51 miles 12,000 feet of gain with an amazing summit of topatopa!
sat- 44 miles 8,200 feet of gain (added 4 miles getting lost - boner miles!)
sun- 32 miles 6,400 feet of gain (2 boner miles probably)

howard cohen

i twisted my ankle on day one of the scrub runs. it hurt but held up nicely through the 50 mile day and then ballooned that night in the tent. i was pretty concerned. with dinners after every run and camping, there was no real time to take care of yourself, ie ice and or rest. on the morning of the 40 mile day i woke up and told krissy i wasn't going - my ankle was huge! then as i laid there contemplating my next move something blake wood had said to me two nights before popped into my head. he said "i had a breakthrough at c4p. i woke up one day and just didn't think it was possible to go out and run again. but i did. and after a few hours i was feeling good and i realized my body can do this. it was amazing". that got me up and although the first 4 hrs of the 40 mile day hurt like hell i got it done.. then ran the 31 miles the next day too. i ran every mile of trail set out in front of me, often with a grimas, but i loved every minute of it.

i have to thank howard cohen (pictured above) and chris scott for letting a nobody like me attend their amazing event.. and for their hospitality - they made me feel like one of the gang.

ps: as i typed this i polished off a well earned pint of ben & jerry's chubby hubby. so good yet so bad (don't read the label!)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

either you trained today or you didn't

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Montrail-Nathan Ultra Running Team

give up your high paying job, train your ass off, race hard... and good things happen? sometimes.

after my performance at the hurt 100km i was named to the montrail-nathan national ultrarunning team! this is very exciting for me, and means a new focus in my solo racing. i just signed my first "professional" contract - weird. the team which includes legends like dave horton, has some of the top ultrarunner in the world on board. i'm in very good company.

so what does this mean for me as an endurance mtn bike racer? i consider last year a success. but it was so expensive, without a big sponsor i unfortunately cannot afford to compete in this sport.

think about the cost included with flying to one 24hr mtn bike race:
  • buy and maintain two $6,000 bikes
  • fly two bikes to events = $200 each way = $400 total usually
  • paying for my top notch mechanic to attend events = $$$
now let's look at ultrarunning:

yep that's it.. nothing - just show up with some montrail continental divides and go nutz! beautiful simplicity.

blurb:
“When Montrail selects athletes we look for athletic ability and outgoing individuals that have the charisma and “know-how” to gain positive exposure for Montrail” says Paul Curran, director of trail running promotions for Montrail Shoes. “The athletes we sponsor are ambassadors-they truly believe in our products and they communicate their experiences and knowledge with others.” Montrail, at the leading edge of trail running shoe development since 1988, has sponsored the nation’s top endurance runners since 1996. Besides Montrail, the national team is supported by Nathan (hydration packs), nuun (electrolyte drink), Clif Bar (energy bars), Petzl (headlamps), and First Endurance (energy/recovery drink).

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

I'm no wasatch speed goat

ran with the original wasatch speed goat today. let's just say i'm no karl meltzer - went out on his bread and butter 9 mile, 2,000 ft gain run with him in little cottonwood canyon, sandy ut- awesome trail, beautiful day. ah yeah, he would basically drop me on every big climb, then wait for me, then drop me again.

i have a long way to go my friends.. but it's the journey right?

gear tidbit: in case you are curious karl's favorite shoe is the montrail vitesse (that's him on the right of the website), this is his go to shoe. me i'm a continental divide or hardrock guy.

Friday, February 2, 2007

pritchart/hunter canyon run

the best singletrack i found in moab was on my pritchart to hunter canyon run i did on fri 2/2/06. the way out pritchart is entertaining and nice, but it's doubletrack. karl had told me about this run and i was happy with the first half for sure. but once it got on the hunter canyon section i was blown away! so sweet, totally alone on this epic singletrack right next to this big cut out hole in the earth. other than the ice i had to descend at the end and the 2 miles of dirt road to run to finish it was an amazing 12 miles.

deets: take a right before mcdonalds on kane creek road to pritchart canyon. run out and over the saddle then pay attention at the next intersection and you will see a sign for hunter. follow that beautiful singletrack until it drops you down to the road and run a couple miles uphill back to the parking lot. sweet!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

My Love and Hate Relationship With Moab

i'm in moab, utah right now. if you ride a bike on trail you know, moab is the mountain bike mecca of north america. moab in the winter is like a total secret. the trail barely get snow, and it often just melts a few hours into the day. i felt like i was the only trail runner/mtn biker there. this morning i hit the 13 miles of amasa back trail. yep the same trail danelle had her accident on.
the only dangerous ice i encountered was on the dirt road between the lot and the trail head. my bike tires slid all over the place but i was able to stay upright thankfully. being that i haven't ridden trails since the 24hr solo world championship in october i rode pretty cautious. what views!! this ride has probably the best views in moab - jackson home is amazing.


after lunch i went back out the kane creek road and ran 13miles out the moab rim trail, another great view back down to the town.

i love the terrain, and the beauty of moab. i hate that i've had the worst races of my life in moab (24hrs of moab, primal quest). i'm convinced that i'm allergic to this place too, or i am allergic to the hotels in moab. when i'm at the hotel i am congested and miserable.. once i get outside i'm fine.

pritchart/hunter canyon run (12.5 miles): by far the best singletrack i found in moab was on my pritchart/hunter canyon run i did on fri 2/2/06. the way out pritchart is entertaining and nice, but it's doubletrack. karl had told me about this run and i was happy with the first half for sure. but once it got on the hunter canyon section i was blown away! so sweet, totally alone on this epic singletrack right next to this big cut out hole in the earth. other than the ice i had to descend at the end and the 2 miles of dirt road to run to finish it was an amazing 12 miles.

deets: take a right before mcdonalds on kane creek road to pritchart canyon. run out and over the saddle then pay attention at the next intersection and you will see a sign for hunter. follow that beautiful singletrack until it drops you down to the road and run a couple miles uphill back to the parking lot. sweet!