Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Speights, Vietnam and Iditarod

richard usher, adventure racer extraordinaire, just won the prestigious one day speights coast to coast race across the south island of new zealand (the birthplace of multisport racing). not sure why he didn't do the two day race being that he's a long distance athlete. maybe the one day is "the one to win" for solo athletes. this is a race i plan to do some day... just need to save some funds $$$. also i wish the bike portions was mtn biking.. singletrack is cooler than road and aero bars.
live website with videos, and official website.

"The Speight's Coast to Coast traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Kumara Beach on the Tasman Sea to Sumner Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either two days (individuals or two person teams) or the one-day event (individuals only), competitors cycle 140 kms (three stages of 55km, 15 km and 70 km), run 36 km (including a 33 km mountain stage that crosses the Southern Alps) and kayak 67kms of the grade two Waimakariri River through the Grand Canyon of New Zealand, the Waimakariri Gorge."

my friend michelle maislen just took second place in racing the planets: vietnam 2008 race. 250km from hanoi to sapa. huge congrats michelle! she was selected to blog on the race blog, and here is her personal blog.

"RacingThePlanet: Vietnam 2008 will take place in far northwest Vietnam, covering 250 kilometers of some of the most remote and untouched terrain in Vietnam. RacingThePlanet: Vietnam 2008 will begin in Si Ma Cai and end six days later in the Sapa."

the iditarod trail invitational is happening as i type this. it's the "the worlds longest human powered winter race". nuun athlete geoff roes is winning the running division and his girlfriend jill homer is winning the female bike division. you can chose to race 350 or the entire 1,100 miles! i used to think i wanted to do this race. but after getting frostbite.. it's not likely. i've been following both jill and geoff's blogs as they have prepared for the race, it's exciting to see them doing so well!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Team In Training

today i was honored to speak to the the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. it's a great group of 60-70 people training to run the san diego marathon on june 1st.

laura, who runs the show over at nuun active hydration had asked me to join her in a talk about hydration. after some communication with thier coordinator i was then asked to speak about nutrition as well.

the energy in the group was awesome, and contagious. laura and i both showed up early to do their 70 minute training run with them. my friend cory fraser is one of the runners so it was nice to see him out there training.

this organization does a lot of good for both the leukema & lymphoma society as well as the individuals who choose to participate. they are each responsible for raising $4,000. 75% of which goes to the effort to cure leukema & lymphoma. the rest goes to their race expenses and the infastructure costs of the organization. it's a win/win really. hopefully i'll have an oportunity to work some more with such a great organization in the future.. good stuff.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My Summer "A" Race (Round Three) - Big Horn 100 Miler

ok it's done! after much much hemming and hawing i decided to run the big horn 100 miler on june 20! last year this was going to be my first 100 miler. however after a high speed bike crash and subsiquent injury i ended up just running the 50km. the race director at the finishline said to me "great job winning the freshman race!". ouch. so there is some redemption coming my way on this one. also the course and terrain are just awesome and so beautiful. the course climbs a good 18,000 feet but the terrain itself makes this one slower than you would expect... with no one breaking 20hrs yet. karl meltzer set the course record last year at 20:12:58 ~ an amazing effort no doubt. there is also some serious competition racing this year, namely jeff browning who has won the race twice (his 2006 race report), and ty draney who has taken second twice - they both run for patagonia. ty won the big horn 50 miler last year as well. hopefully i can give these guys a run for the money... it was $195 afterall to sign up! **updated - jamie gifford and john hemsky will also be there vying for the "w". sweet.

i'm hoping my ace crew man matthew noell can join me for this effort. now who can i get to pace me!? justin? rod? meissner? roch? karl?

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing" - H. Keller

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Orcas Island 50km Ultra

jen segger - "seegs"

what an awesome place, what an awesome race...
(all photos by glenn tachiyama ~ results)

saturday my friend ellen parker and i headed out to orcas island for james varner's orcas island 50km. from what i know of james he likes good tough courses and this one did not dissapoint. even though he had to alter the course because of the snow up high.. it meassured out at 31.7 miles (i probably ran more than 32 miles) and 6,660 feet of gain and some very tough patches of hands on knees (or ground), head down, crazy steep uphills. see the map here.

as an early season 50km we were all there running this as a "training race". in my previous 7 days before friday i had put in 91 miles. so i figured running on tired"ish" legs would be a great barometer for my training and general fitness... but without a real taper i knew it wouldn't be my finest work. i also knew with the talented field showing up would be perfect for pushing my pace. the idea of fast guys making me move faster was very exciting.

it's pretty crazy how the rumor mill gets going at these races. by race start i was told multiple times that brian morrison, justin angle, scott jurek, brandon sybrowsky and scott mccoubrey were all lining up to race. i had only seen a few of said top runners and this ended up only being partially true. unfortunetaly justin and scott never made it out. the woman's race seemed to be stacked too. my adv race teammate jen segger had come down from bc to race. nuun ultrarunners devon crosby-helms and kendra borgmann were also in attendance. i was excited to see how the woman's race would shake out. i had seen devon running on the burke earlier in the week and she had said it was a training run but mentioned "i still want to win it" with a smile - nice.

my plans to test out the top end were almost derailed the night before the race. i forgot my quinoa, salmon, asparagus dinner in the fridge.. in seattle. ellen was kind enough to share her dinner. only problem was it wasn't obvious that there was lots of cheese melted into the sauce. let's just say i'm lactose intolerant and that caused "stomach issues" through the night. that and the fact that we were sleeping in the back of flat bed truck meant ellen and i probably only got about 3 hours total of very broken uncomfortable sleep. i try not to let these things worry me however, they are bound to happen... no sense stressing out about it. plus this was to be a hard "training run" anyway right (notice how i added hard?)

over 200 runners lined up for the 25km and 50km race start. at 8:30am we started running across the open field of moran state park. the course was two times around an awesome 25km that looped both mountain and cascade lakes. my plan was to run with the front runners of the 25km for the first loop as long as that felt ok. the beginning felt kind of frantic, but it was cool to have seegs running in the front pack with me.

during the first real climb i became inpatient behind the first two runners and passed them on the super steep, mossy rock climb. now in front i put on a little space from the pack until i hit the downhill. on the downhill the flagging lead me into the woods to an overgrown trail. as i searched a few runners with more local knowlegde charged downhill. this wasn't good.. back onto the mega-steep dirt road i set off to catch the first guy, which i was able to do in 1/2 mile or so.

back down by the lake seeg's friend norm was there cheering us on. norm was an awesome help for both jen and my effort at the race. thanks for the help norm, much appreciated!

the first and only aid station was at 6.7 miles on mountain lake. i had run from here on my 30th birthday (years ago) with my friend jenny so i knew the trails around the lake were flat. not good for me. let's just say i don't have the leg speed of a real runner so flats aren't my thing. i drank my new bottle, pleasantly suprised it was lemon lime nuun and tried to focus on quick turn over. by the time i got to the next climb i had two guys biting at my heals. the climb couldn't have come at a better time! as we passed each other on the switchbacks i gave the guy a "whoot! nice running!" and started to pick it up. the secret loop was a super steep climb to the high point and was the highlight of the course. at the top we were greated with amazing views of the islands of the puget sound and soft moss covered rock to run down. with the sun out the views were "stop you in your tracks" good. i slowed a bit to make sure i took it in.

i came through the first lap of 25km in 2:15 and hadn't seen anyone in a while so i figured i was in good shape. i was feeling great but had started to lull myself into running easy. however by the road i heard that i was just 2 minutes up on 2nd place. rob and big's favorite saying "do work son" rang in my head as i, well, put in work to try and put this one out of reach.

it seemed to pay off and by the aid station at mile 22 i now had 9 minutes on 2nd. but of course then came the very flat section around the lake where i knew the entire race would put in time on me! i managed to hold them off and once again the secret loop view was amazing. the last big climb i started to feel a bit bonky. at the time it seemd like a pain to eat a clif shot so i didn't bother and really started to bonk as i approached the finishline. i managed the last few miles and came in first in 4:42. my teammate jen segger ended up winning the woman's race shortly after! nuun ultrarunners devon crosby-helms took 2nd and kendra borgmann came in 3rd looking and feeling sick. my friend ellen won the woman's 25km race! awesome day. james and alison sure put on a great event. thank you guys!

my gear:
my hot shoes: montrail highlanders with teko ecopoly socks (no blisters)
electrolytes: nuun
fuel: clif shots
jersey: retro montrail jersey - courtesy of ty draney!

photos of nuun athletes from glenn tachiyama (all photos):

jen segger (1st female) - on first climb, by waterfall
devon crosby-helms (2nd female) - on first climb
kendra borgmann (3rd female) - downhill

matt hart (1st) - on first climb, by waterfall, 2nd lap, up stairs
brian morrison (3rd) - on first climb, downhill (great shot!)

ellen parker (1st female 25km) - on first climb

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fleet Feet Bend

my friends rod and katie bien are opening a new fleet feet store in bend oregon. rod has hired montrail ultrarunner sean meissner to manage the store. good luck guys!


For more information contact:
Rod BienFleet Feet Bend, Incorporated
(541) 389-1601

FLEET FEET SPORTS BEND OPENING APRIL, 2008(Bend, Oregon, February 18, 2008) Fleet Feet Sports is coming to Bend! Fleet Feet Sports Bend is a locally-owned and operated franchise of Fleet Feet Sports, Inc, a national specialty retailer dedicated to providing quality products, excellent value and expert advice to runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all levels.

Owners Rod and Katie Bien are opening this new and exciting store in April, 2008 at 1320 Galveston, located between Blue and Ariana.

What makes the Fleet Feet Sports experience unique? Fleet Feet's custom shoe-fitting process involves analyzing a customer's foot, natural biomechanics, and stride by using an in-store treadmill and videotaped gait analysis. For the individual who walks, runs or simply needs a good fitting pair of shoes, the experts at Fleet Feet will use the Fleet Feet Fitlosophy process to determine the right shoe for exercise or daily comfort.

Owner, Rod Bien, says "Most people don't realize that lack of proper fit in footwear is linked to many common aches and pains. We truly love sports and running and are excited to help people find the right fit and support in their shoes so that they can reach their fitness goals."Fleet Feet will also serve as a gathering place for area runners and walkers. They will offer educational seminars, training advice, and race information. Fleet Feet Bend is already a sponsor of Girls on the Run, a running non-profit for preteen girls, the Peterson Ridge Rumble, and many events to come!

Fleet Feet Sports will carry a full line of footwear and apparel from vendors such as Asics, Brooks, Moving Comfort, Nike, New Balance, Mizuno, Saucony and more.

Owners, Rod and Katie Bien, are also the owners of Patagonia by Pandora's Backpack in downtown Bend. The Biens have made Bend their home for ten years and are active in the Bend community as runners and proud parents of two young children. The manager of the store, Sean Meissner, is well known in the running community as a volunteer cross country coach, a race director, and as an active member of the Central Oregon Running Klub.

There are currently 80 Fleet Feet Sports stores nationwide. Fleet Feet Sports in Bend will be the first Fleet Feet Sports store in Oregon. Store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

For more information, please visit

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tri247 Interview With nuun's Tim Moxey

here is an interview with tim moxey, the owner/inventor of nuun. he also runs blue seventy wetsuits (formerly ironman wetsuits). he let's the cat out of the bag about the new nuun drink - "u". i'm very excited about this product. it's a low calorie vitamin drink in our tablet form. think of it as a vitamin water with less electrolytes for casual drinking and a healthy lifestyle, not during race hydration.

here are a couple of good reads from the ny times.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Just For the Ladies

nuun ultrarunner Lisa Smith-Batchen asked that i post this on my blog.. happy to oblige because she is awesome!

All Women's Camp in sunny Tucson!!!!

Alright, it is finally here and we are going to have such a great time and I hope you can work it out with your schedule to come to sunny Tucson!

I have finally found the most amazing house that sleeps 15 really well to hold the all women's camp I have been dreaming about putting on and I hope you can come.

What a great Valentine's Day gift to give to your wife or to your wife and daughter, your girl friend or just a special friend!!! Here is a list of what this camp includes with the price...keep in mind this camp is going to be geared towards your own personal wants and needs... If you want to make it a hard core boot camp then we can do that, if you just want to take easy walks or hikes and sit by the pool and read your book all day you can do that as well. This camp is about learning what it is you want and how to make it happen. We will have many round table group discussions about how to find the balance in your life and how you can accomplish anything, I mean anything you are dreaming about doing! "Find a way or make one"!!!

Services provided:
-Airport pickup and drop off
-Wholesome, all natural breakfast, lunch and dinner...snacks too.
-Fully guided sag support for those wanting to do road walks or runs
-Hammer Nutrition products (and i'll make sure there is plenty of nuun for you too!)
-Accommodations in a very nice 7 bedroom house.
-free wifi
-massage therapy, hot stone massage and more!
-lap pool and gym minutes away -pool in the back yard big enough to do deep water running, water aerobics or just float!!!
-shuttling to and from trail heads
-core training workouts
-video gait analysis
-group discussions on many topics

Don't miss this camp in sunny Tucson with me..I promise you it will be full fun and information for you to take home and start living that healthy, fit life you are dreaming of...or just a plan kick in the butt!

When: Check in on Tues. April 8th anytime after 4pm and check out after 12pm on Sunday April 13th

Where do I fly to: Tucson AZ!!

How much does all of this cost? $1,500!!! The only extra would you pay is for any massage services. Space is limited so I hope to hear from you soon.

Much Love Lisa

Monday, February 11, 2008

Which 100 To Run?

i'm having trouble deciding on the 100 miler i want to run this year in june/july. sort of my "a" race for mid summer. i honestly thought i'd get into either western states 100 or the hardrock 100. now that i didn't get in i am looking around and i think i'd pick between these two races.. please comment on which one you think i should run - i need some help.

my criteria are:
  1. tough course - at least 18,000ft of gain
  2. competition - there has to be some other good runners
  3. beautiful and interesting course - not too much looping or repeating
  4. it's got to be between june 1 - july 21st - i need at least two weeks to be able to join karl on his appalachian trail assault.
  5. it has to still have spots available to sign up!! geeze.
Option #1:
June 20 - Big Horn Wild and Scenic 100 miler - Dayton, WY
big horn is awesome. i ran the 50km last year and loved it.
pros: i've been on the course. the race is well done. it's mountainous and bad ass. jeff browning, jamie gifford and ty draney will be there. jeff has won a couple times and before last year had the course record. also running this will be redemption for having to drop down to the "j.v. race" last year.
cons: i've been to this race, seen part of this course and know how well done it all is.

Option #2:
July 19 - Tahoe Rim Trail 100 - Tahoe, CA USATF National Champioship
pros: it's a new course (for me). i've run some of this during an adventure run years ago. as the usatf 100 mile national championship there will be great competition there for sure. tahoe is awesome.
cons: it's a runners course. fast guys with real turnover will smoke me.

let me know.. comment on what you think or suggest another race!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ty's Seattle Dirt Trail Tour

the last few days have been pretty sweet... patagonia and nuun ultrarunner ty draney flew into seattle for a whirl wind tour of our trails. living in wyoming ty hasn't seen dirt for a long time. here in the pacnw we've had some great crazy storms and some low freezing levels that have left our winter trails pretty covered. so i wasn't so sure i would be able to come through. but with ty's arrival came some warmer temps and we got some good multiday training on actual dirt.

thursday: 12.47 miles total - 8 miles at cougar mtn, spin class, 4.7 mile night run at discovery park

friday: 20 miles total - 10 miles at bridle trails, lunch at microsoft with matthew, hike up poo poo with cory and a 10 mile run down the poo poo and high school trail and back. darn near hypothermic by the end. very blustery day as you can tell from the video!

saturday: 32 miles in one shot with 6,000 feet of climbing! what a great day. ty and i joined justin angle, scott jurek, jeff philips and tom ederer for about 22 miles from cougar mtn to squak and back with a little bushwhack.. then ty and i banged out another 10 more on our own. we followed that up with dinner with my good friends the copsons in issaquah. amazing way to finish a great day. thanks copsons!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Amazing Grass!

i tend to talk a lot about products i believe in. i'm a coach and an athlete afterall. my life revolves around my health. when i find a product i think improves my ability to train hard and recover i start telling everyone about it.

i've been interested in wheat grass ever since last winter. i stayed in slc with patagonia ultrarunner roch horton, ultra running legend and like 10 time finisher of the hardrock 100 (no i didn't get in ~ sux). i tend to study these types. you have to assume they are doing something right. so i ask a lot of questions, etc. ask karl meltzer about our first time we met in hawaii... i must have asked him 300 questions about how he trains in the first 2 hours.

anyway roch had a little plot of wheat grass and a wheat grass juicer on his counter. so i figured there must be something do it. however i wasn't interested in actually growing it if i could avoid it. after looking around a bit i found amazing grass wheat grass powder (at my local overpriced whole foods)! it's a great easy alternative and apparently has 10x the chlorophyll of tray grown wheatgrass.

here are some benefits:

  • Increases and sustains energy naturally
  • Detoxifies and cleanses your body
  • High alkalinity helps balance your body’s pH level
  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Insoluble fiber gently cleanses your digestive tract and promotes regularity
  • Complete food with enzymes and all essential amino acids (enzymes = proper digestion, amino acids = muscle repair)
  • Natural source of antioxidants to help repair damaged cells (this one is huge for ultra athletes!)
  • Excellent source of beta carotene, folic acid and vitamin C
  • Whole leaf powder- not from juice!
  • Dehydrated below 107 and nitrogen packed to preserve the raw food properties
  • 10x the chlorophyll of tray grown wheatgrass juice
  • Field grown outdoors through a cold winter
  • Tested free of mold
  • Gluten free and Vegan
  • Certified Organic
now i can't claim wheat grass juice or the amazing grass powder taste very good. however i feel like that is a small price to pay for the health benefits (this is the same theory i used to use with jack daniels for the buzz beneifts). with the powder you can add small amounts to foods you eat and not notice it.. i've been putting it in my smoothies and shakes. even though i eat a lot of veggies already i feel like this has helped tremendously and i've been putting in some real work lately.

give it a try and let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

My Last Few Days In Photos

norm skinning up past red heather hut - bc

kimberly taking in the tiger mtn poo poo point view

me running tiger mountain

copson skiing down after skinning up hyak

copson's satisfaction

Canadians Kicked My Ass!

well i'm back from british columbia and i can't seem to shake the cold shiver or the perma-grin i got while there. i also can't shake this feeling that i am truly lucky. although i don't have that million dollar house in the burbs i would have had if i stayed at microsoft... honestly i don't care.

as you could probably tell from my last two posts, i had an amazing time. seegs, her husband ty and norm were the most gracious hosts you could imagine. i got the full monty tour of what squamish was about.. and it still wasn't enough time.

my canadian adventure tour guides - seegs and norm

after the epic tour on sunday norm and i hit up the diamond head area again for a quick morning ski tour. we skinned up past red heather hut and to the high point on paul ridge. the clouds seemed to follow us up to top arriving at the same time we did. the ski down was great snow and just enough turns to wet the whistle and wish there were more before the freezing skiercross down. the rest of the day i caught up on work online and just chilled. the canadians were wearing me down.

norm skinning up to paul ridge

today before heading home to seattle ty hooked me up with a free ski pass and some salomon sand storm 182s... oh my goodness. these skis were sweet. super stable at high speeds, rolled over way better than i thought a ski could with 99mm under foot. they were 135, 99, 125. i would have guessed this would be just too much fatness.. but it seems there is never too much fatness. i was blasting groomers on em to keep up with ty, we skied the shit out of the trees, lauched some pillow drops and found some powder. the skis were great in all conditions and i think they'd be a heavy but super fun backcountry ski. one thing is sure, my skis in comparison are totally obsolete and camberless... dead. you know it's a good ski when it makes you think you are actually skiing better than you should be. ty is an ex freeskiing coach at whistler... so let's just say he knows this ski resort. he took me to a hand full of the secret stashes. so much fun. one was a creek bed and waterfall with massive boulders in it. this made for pillowy 5 foot puff drops into perfect soft snow that no one had touched. we skied this twice. the second time we skied a pretty sweet and crazy line ty had been to with some film crew. i skied it pretty well... ty shredded it.

all this has me wanting to get some new skis. my rossi bc scratches have been good. but they are now 4 years old, dead and simply not phat enough at this point. i've been eyeing the black diamond verdicts. since my 05/06 winter in jackson hole. this years version is 4mm wider. however the sand storms did leave a great impression.

the day at whistler really rounded my trip off ~ 5 amazing days in british columbia. truly more than one man deserves, i feel blessed.

i missed getting to hang out with nuun ultrarunner bruce grant and helly hansen adv racer gary robbins however.. next time fellas!

two things are for certain ~ the canadians kicked my ass and lit a fire under it as well to get out and ski the backcountry more this season (now if the avy danger will come down below HIGH i'd be all set).

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Three Things

  1. the lottery for hardrock is tomorrow feb 3nd - wish me luck! i'll need it with another abismal 17% chance of getting in.

  2. montrail just launched the updated website... go check out the streak! i'm supposed to get some of these 9.5oz trail deamonds in the mail any day now! oh boy.

  3. nuun is coming out with a new flavor in april called Orange+Ginger* (*just a hint)