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The Boulder Mountain Marathon

»Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog | 5 comments

The Boulder Mountain Marathon

The inaugural Boulder Mountain Marathon took place on May 15, 2016. The race was organized by the Four Mile Fire Department and Flatirons Running as a fundraiser for the fire department. Thank you to everyone that came out to run and support the event! Here are a few photos from the marathon and an article I wrote on iRunFar about the race (well mainly about coffee): Coffee and a Mountain...

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Arizona Trail Race – Part 6

»Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Blog | 26 comments

Arizona Trail Race – Part 6

AZTR – Part 6: AZ Snowbowl / Grand Canyon / Utah Border. ~ mile 750 (finish) I have about 70 more miles of riding to the Grand Canyon on what should be mostly a mix of fast, dirt roads, and trails. After yesterday’s stop in Flagstaff, I am fully energized. I start the morning pedaling with intention, surprised at how good I am feeling. The small shift in mindset the previous night has allowed me to tap into resources I did not think I had. I begin to think of possible finishing time scenarios. Breaking 7 days is pretty much impossible, but if I pull an all nighter and go as hard as can maybe I can still pull it off. I have 26 hours to ride 140 miles and hike 24 miles across the Canyon carrying my bike. It is completely delusional to think I can do this in...

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Arizona Trail Race – Part 5

»Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Blog | 7 comments

Arizona Trail Race – Part 5

AZTR – Part 5: Pine/Flagstaff/AZ Snowbowl ~ mile 580 Drifting in and out of semi-consciousness, I try to make sense of the gentle chimes ringing through my ears. Is this it? Am I dying? No. Of course I am not. The sound is just my alarm, set to the “ripples” tone, nudging my weathered body to get up and going. I tap the screen to snooze and wait another 10 minutes. Damn. This is actually worse than yesterday waking up in the ditch. I can philosophize all day about how this is an elective endeavor, and how privileged I am to be able to take on these adventures. The truth though is that at 4am, freezing and exhausted, confronted to myself, I do not feel that serene. This is just plain fucking hard. Slowly, I get moving again. The sun rises (thank god for...

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Arizona Trail Race – Part 4

»Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Blog | 6 comments

Arizona Trail Race – Part 4

AZTR – Part 4: Superstition Mountains – Payson/Pine ~ mile 440 Waking up in a ditch after 3 hours of fitful rest is pretty shitty. There is really no other way to put it. My bike shorts and jersey are still damp from sweat making my skin cold and clammy. With each movement, I am painfully reminded of the unpleasant mix of salt with body parts rubbed raw. My frozen burrito and can of Starbucks coffee do not stir up quite the same excitement as they did a few days ago. This is the beginning of day 4 and I am really starting to feel the wear and tear. Getting organized and moving again, takes a little longer. Everything seems just a little more tedious and uncomfortable. Thankfully, I have 70+ miles of dirt road and highway up ahead, a section Kurt...

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Arizona Trail Race – Part 3

»Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments

Arizona Trail Race – Part 3

AZTR – Part 3: Wash before Kelvin / Picketpost (300 finish) / Superstition Mountains ~mile 350 I am woken by the sound of Kaitlyn riding by my camp spot. She comments on how cozy I look bundled up in my bag. In reality, I am freezing and stiff from laying on the hard ground. She keeps riding which is a good motivator for me to get up and going quickly. It is just after 2:30am. I barely feel as if I have closed my eyes and I am already back on the trail. I see a couple of lights up ahead. One is Kaitlyn’s, the other one must be Calvin’s. It is funny to think that we only slept a couple of hundred feet apart without knowing of each other’s presence. The whole race is a strange mix of a mostly solitary experience with a collective umbrella. Small,...

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Arizona Trail Race – Part 2

»Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Blog | 4 comments

Arizona Trail Race – Part 2

AZTR – Part 2: Tucson – to somewhere between Oracle and Kearny ~ mile 230 The previous night’s detour to Tucson yields two major benefits. First, by only getting to sleep at 5am, I wake up 2 hours later with the warm, morning sun. It is a lot easier to pack up my gear and ready myself for a day of riding in daylight rather than the middle of the night. Nights in the desert can be very cold. I tend to struggle during the hours between midnight and 4am which make riding quite a bit slower. The ideal scenario is to get to sleep around 2am and be back on the bike at 5am. This way, the challenges of the night are front loaded, so once I wake up early morning, I can ease into the next day with the sunrise providing a strong mental boost. Such is the case...

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