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!