Blood, Mud, Pain, and Passion: This is Ultra
Mar31

Blood, Mud, Pain, and Passion: This is Ultra

This one is not for you veterans. You already know what this is about. It’s your experience…your memories, your pain.  After a while, ultra becomes a part of who you are. If you do it long enough, you think it’s normal. We are all capable of so much more…unlimited potential. It’s not about fame or fortune. It’s not about shiny medals or beer gardens. The possibility of failure is always upon us. After all, without the...

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24hrs of Palmer Lake: Race Report
Mar31

24hrs of Palmer Lake: Race Report

The inaugural ’24hrs of Palmer Lake’ kicked off this past weekend. First time race director, Israel Archuletta, organized this event and hosted it in the small and historic town of Palmer Lake, Colorado. Archuletta couldn’t find a training event that fit his schedule so he obtained the permits and hosted this race in his hometown. His effort provided an inexpensive, low-key race, where fun was emphasized from...

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Ironman vs. Ultramarathon: Endurance Athletes Who Do Both
Mar03

Ironman vs. Ultramarathon: Endurance Athletes Who Do Both

In 2006, I finished my first Ironman triathlon. It took me over five years to take my body and mind from “normal guy” to Ironman. The 140.6 mile race was a life-long dream etched from an early age by ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  I remember seeing athletes struggle through the course on television. It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen. The pain, the suffering, the raw human emotion…it was unlike so many other things I...

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Tahoe 200: Race Preview with RD Candice Burt
Nov25

Tahoe 200: Race Preview with RD Candice Burt

Imagine running and hiking over 200 miles of the most scenic and challenging mountain trails in the United States. You will not finish in one day. You will likely not finish in two days.  Running point-to-point along the historic Tahoe Rim Trail for several days and nights, your quest goes beyond the physical. With several days to navigate the course, you rely on your body, your mind, and your heart. This is the Tahoe 200. I hope you...

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Buckle and Belt
Sep23

Buckle and Belt

Blood, sweat, and tears. It takes more than most people could ever imagine to finish a 100 mile foot race. It’s not just the physical effort either.  It’s the months and/or years of physical training, dedication, planning, and sacrifice that is required to arrive at the starting line. Of course there is the emotional roller coaster we all experience through training and races…from daily runs, through taper, and during these...

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