Monday, October 31, 2011

Mental Lessons

In our last post (DNF 10/27/11), we talked a lot about why it is that we DNF in races. I'm hoping that those of you who read this blog and are not runners/ultra-runners can help tease out the parallels of what we're talking about here, in regards to running vs other activities.. and in some times.. even life. We often say that Ultra-Running is a metaphor for life and much of what we learn while adventuring, much of what we experience while "out there" can be transferred to some other kind of life meaning.

So, in keeping our last discussion in mind, I want to take another stab here at trying to clarifying the things that I was trying to express in that post. I wasn't purposely signaling any one person out when writing the last post and if you took it that way, then perhaps the post just really resonated with you or struck a nerve close to home. Take a few more moments to think about why it bothered you and then come back here and move forward with us.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

RR: 2011 Slickrock 100

"You fall out of your mother’s womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave." ~Quentin Crisp

For Video of the 2011 Slickrock 100 CLICK HERE

Pre-Race
Friday night, Runners arrive at packet pick-up which starts at 3pm. At3pm, RD Aaron arrives and is immediately hurrying to set registration up. He looks exhausted, flustered and.. is scrambling. A few of us stepped right in to lend him and Jenna a hand. Things were VERY chaotic and unorganized.. and the pre-race meeting started late. This is when we found out why and what eventually started a maelstrom of frustration from the runners. (NOTE: At this moment... Aaron stepped forward and offered to refund anyone their money who no longer wished to start their race. That's right.. before you jumped into what was about to take place.. you have a sweet offer to back out.. take your money and use it for a great weekend in Moab.)

Monday, October 10, 2011

VB: Slickrock 100

This past weekend was the first annual Slickrock Ultras held in Moab, UT. I had the pleasure of starting the 100 miler, a race I dropped out of at mile 52. Moab is one of the most incredible places I've ever been to on the face of this earth and I, for one, am incredibly excited about the idea of returning to these races in the future. During this weekends race, I took the chance to make a short film about my personal experience in the desert. Enjoy!

[Note: Check back later for the detailed written report on Sherpa John: Human Potential]

For more videos, visit Sherpa John Human Potential's YouTube Page!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A30 Interview: Jerry Armstrong

We're continuing to gear up for the Slickrock 100 and this years Adventure 30. Jerry Armstrong is no secret to ultra-running. A well accomplished endurance athlete with a popular blog, Jerry is looking to lace it up in the 50 Mile Option of the Slickrock Races. He took some time to speak to us about this weekends race and the current ultra-culture in general, here he is.

Name: Jerry Armstrong
Age: 34
Hometown/Location: Born/Raised: San Diego, CA; Currently: Broomfield, CO
Years Running Ultras: 6 years
100 Mile Finishes: AC100, SD100, WS100, 24hrs Boulder
Ultra Achievements: 20 ultras, Solo 281mi run for diabetes, Solo Kida Relay (150mi bike/36mi run), Ironman x2,