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Footnotes 3/27-4/2/2014

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Blog | 9 comments

Footnotes 3/27-4/2/2014

3/27 I got to my friend Drew’s house late last night. I met Drew after the ITI down in Anchorage while staying with another friend, Matias. Drew, originally from D.C., has lived in Fairbanks for over a decade now and has skied the White Mountains 100 every year since the race’s inception in 2010. He’s taken the couple of days before the race off work to show me around Fairbanks and a bit of the course. We start the day with a late breakfast, followed by a short outing on the snow packed trails around his house. Similar to my experience...

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Footnotes 3/20-3/26/2014

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

Footnotes 3/20-3/26/2014

3/20 It’s been awhile since Tony and I have climbed anything longer than a couple of pitches outside, so we decided to head down to Eldo to get up the Yellow Spur. It’s a glorious day and we quickly broke a sweat hiking up the Red Garden Wall access trail. For me the Yellow Spur presents two significant difficulties- the first and the 6th pitch. The first pitch consists of an awkward and difficult to protect traverse under a roof. The area is shaded making it chilly and not an ideal warm up.  After clipping one of Layton Kor’s original...

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Footnotes 3/13-3/19/2014

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog | 6 comments

Footnotes 3/13-3/19/2014

3/13 I met up with Tony for coffee this morning at Spruce. His hip has still been giving him grief, making it hard to find a good groove with his running. Positive progression is followed by relapses without any evidence of excess or lack of focus. Tony is probably the most passionate runner I know. His desire for mountain time is so strong, that when taken away can be completely overwhelming. Passion, which derives from the Greek pathos, meaning suffering, can be both a driving and destructive force in one’s life. Beyond the immediate...

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Footnotes 3/6-3/12/2014

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Blog | 9 comments

Footnotes 3/6-3/12/2014

3/6 I woke up with itchy legs and arms from poison oak that I brushed up against (plowed through) a of couple weeks ago in California. I read online that it can take 5 hours to 15 days for a rash to appear, so 14 days after my Big Sur shenanigans, I thought I was in the clear. Pretty much all the other runners on the inov-8 retreat, bushwhackers or not, seemed to have gotten some grief from the plant. Even Bryon Powell, who was only in Big Sur for 24 hours, managed to get some on his face. I thought I’d been spared or was somehow immune,...

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Footnotes 2/27-3/5/2014

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Blog | 9 comments

Footnotes 2/27-3/5/2014

2/27 I met up with Jeff Valliere this morning at Centennial trailhead. I like running with Jeff, but we rarely get the opportunity to meet because he has twins and both he and his wife work. I’m not a huge fan of the super early morning runs, which is typically what his schedule demands, so I was pleased with our leisurely 9:15am start time. Both Jeff and I prefer marching up steep hills, hands on knees and I actually think Jeff might be allergic to running flat terrain, so it came as a surprise to me when he suggested we do a fairly...

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