Monday, January 30, 2012

VB: Sanitarado

This past Saturday I headed out across Boulder's Front Range to challenge myself on the classic Sanitarado route. I called it The Frozen Front Range Marathon and it was the first of this years Team Sherpa Winter Expeditions. Nine hearty souls ventured out into the frigid cold and enjoyed one epic experience. No one finished the entire route, but I came the closest to completing the task. While the run report is to follow, I hope you'll enjoy the video for now.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

RR: Southside 50K Fat Ass

1-21-12
Southside 50K
Superior - South Boulder, CO
32 Miles
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A month or two ago I received a FaceBook Event invitation to a Fat Ass run being organized in the South Boulder area of Colorado's Front Range. It's not often that I'm the one being invited to a Fat Ass event this time of year as I'm used to being the one organizing them. And even though it's a week before my own first fat Ass of the winter, I knew I had to take the chance to hop on board. The starting line was to be at the Superior Town Hall, which is quite literally .93 miles from my front door. It quickly became the first time I'd actually run to the starting line of an event I myself hadn't organized.

2nd Annual Southside 50K Route (Courtesy: Eric Lee)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Yosemite In HD

A friend of mine sent me this video the other day and I just have to share it with everyone I can. It is insanely powerful on so many levels. In my inability to truly find the words, I'm taking a caption from Jerry Armstrong's Blog. Jerry posted the video over there after I shared it with him, and his words capture my thoughts perfectly. 

From Jerry: "This video captures the feeling and experience of a great 100 mile mountain ultra. Time stands still, and the sun rises and falls. The night comes and goes...and we just keep running. As ultra-endurance athletes, we come to experience nature in a much different way...we work with the earth and come to know the subtle changes that happen every day and throughout the year. Changes and adaptation to environmental factors like cold, wind, water erosion, light, and dark, shape the earth into its magnificence. Ultra athletes, too, are shaped by these forces, and the mental and physiological adaptation that takes place develops us into advanced versions of our previous selves."

Thursday, January 19, 2012

VB: Eldorado

While I'm working on training and exploring, and exploring while training, this year; It's pretty important to me to continue to not only share my journeys with you but also my passion for my life in the outdoors. In 2011 I made the commitment to purchase the new equipment needed in order to accomplish this goal and now in 2012, my commitment goes deeper. On Monday, Jerry Armstrong and I set out for a trek around some of our favorite Front Range trails. From South Boulder's Fowler Trailhead, we made our way into Eldorado Canyon before attempting to summit Eldorado Mountain. In a little over a week, this same area will be a part of the Frozen Front Range Marathon. For now.. here's a preview of the trails I've easily grown to love.