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Arizona Trail Race – Part 4

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Arizona Trail Race – Part 4

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...

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Arizona Trail Race – Part 3

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Arizona Trail Race – Part 3

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...

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Arizona Trail Race – Part 2

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Blog | 3 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...

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Arizona Trail Race – Part 1

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog | 6 comments

Arizona Trail Race – Part 1

AZTR – Part 1: Mexican Border – Tuscon (E. Redington Road) ~ mile 150 Photo: Nico Barraza We crest the final climb at sunset, leaving the city of Sierra Vista in our wake. Nico, who has kindly offered to drive me to the start of the Arizona Trail Race at the Mexican border, slowly maneuvers the van down the rocky, dirt road. Nico’s a good friend and very generous with his time, but it is still a lot to ask to ferry me all the way down to the border. We picked up Neil Beltchenko 20 minutes earlier in Sierra Vista. He is sitting...

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The Grand Traverse

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog | 6 comments

The Grand Traverse

It’s 2pm. I’m sitting in the hotel ballroom for the pre-race meeting next to Allen Hadley. Allen’s completed the Grand Traverse (GT) every single year since its inception in 1998. The crowd of 400 racers erupts in a loud cheer when the race directors announce that conditions are favorable for a full traverse from Crested Butte to Aspen. Allen, cries out “Yeeeeeah!!!” fist pumping in the air. This will be his 19th year and his excitement does not seem to have waned in the slightest. The race starts at midnight, so skiers still have a...

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