Thursday, February 28, 2013

RR: 2013 Twin Mountain Trudge

February 23, 2013
Twin Mountain Trudge
22-Mile Edition
Medicine Bow Mountains, WY
I woke up early to drive up to the Medicine Bow Mountains of Southern Wyoming. The Twin Mountain Trudge was celebrating it's 9th year. An event that, regardless of the trail conditions (see: amount of snow) forbids the use of snowshoes or any other flotation device. Though, they allow hiking/ski poles, yaktrax, micro-spikes etc. We haven't received much snow in the area this winter, which initially generated thoughts of "an easy race." Race Director Alec churned out a FaceBook update the night before, informing us of high winds and minimal snow on the course. Depths ranged from bare spots to knee deep pow. I knew that the whole course wasn't bare, and a certain degree of challenge would be present. But I wouldn't fully understand until I showed up.

After arrived in a random Forest Service Picnic Area parking lot, I checked in with Alec and allowed him to check my gear for the items we were required to carry for the entire run. A wind jacket, pants, gloves, warm hats, fire starter, a whistle, headlamps for the 22 milers, 40 calories of food, 40oz of water.. I'm probably forgetting something. I had flashbacks to my first ultra, where I showed up with a monster pack and more than I needed. I knew I was doing the same today. A big pack and too much gear. Instead of a wind jacket I packed a puffy coat. After all, it's 15 degrees at the start with 30-50mph winds. I packed winter pants I typically wear mountaineering. 70oz of water. 600 Calories of food. My pack looks huge, but... it carries light.

With a wicked wind still whipping across the starting area, we all huddled for the pre-race meeting. I was waiting until the last possible seconds to take off my fleece pants, puffy coat and be ready to roll out. As soon as the meeting ended, I huddled at my car and stripped down. My toes are all ready cold and hurting from the nip. I just needed to finally get moving. And then, Alec put a flask to his lips and with a swig of whiskey, we were off.

Monday, February 25, 2013

VB: Frozen Dead Guy 50K

This years Frozen Dead Guy Fat Ass 50K took place on Saturday, February 9, 2013. We ran from Nederland, CO (Home to the famous Frozen Dead Guy), to Boulder, CO via trails and backroads. To check out this years adventure, watch the video below!

Monday, February 18, 2013

By The Numbers: Part 3

This is Part 2 of a three part series taking a closer look at my training numbers leading up to my four previous Vermont 100 finishes.
To read Part 1, please click HERE.
To read Part 2, please click HERE.

So here it is, one last look at four different years of Vermont 100 Training. I consider myself lucky to have finished all four of the Vermont 100 I have started. I'm even more grateful that three of those runs were in under 24 hours.  2007 - 23:19 | 2008 - 23:37 | 2009 23:27 | 2010: 28:58

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

By The Numbers: Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three part series taking a closer look at my training numbers leading up to my four previous Vermont 100 finishes. To read Part 1, please click HERE.

My third Vermont 100 was in 2009. By this point in my 100 mile running career, I was feeling pretty indestructible. I had just finished 2008 with an Epic run across the Widest Part of New Hampshire. A non-stop 125 mile jaunt for S&G's. What else was there to prove? Though, by now the Vermont 100 had become my hometown-hundred. It's where everybody ultra in New England would be during that weekend in July and I just truly loved being there. So I set out to train as I had the previous two years. A periodization training plan that slowly built up in monthly miles, following a well deserved rest in November. I ran almost an identical schedule with 2008 in preparing for 2009 and the results were not-surprisingly similar. The biggest factor in training for the 2009 Vermont 100, was the beginning of my now annual winter fat ass series.. which really helped keep my eyes on the prize and working towards the goal of another sub-24 hours.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

By The Numbers: Part 1

It's the new year, 2007. I've just completed a 3 month stint of what I then considered "Hardcore Ultra-running." My goals for the fall of 2006, were to run three 50 mile races in three months time. It was July of 2006 when I paced a stranger during that years Vermont 100, and I finally got it in my head that running such a vast distance was indeed possible. I figured, running three 50 milers in three months would be adequate enough to prove myself either right or wrong. I did it, managing to better my time for the distance in each race. Vermont 50 (10:31), Breakers Nifty Fifty Miler (10:05), and the JFK 50 (9:47). After successfully completing that amazing three months, I set my sights on running 100 Miles.

I trained all winter (2006-2007) on mostly roads in New Hampshire. The snow falls heavily there in the winter and buries the trails from November to May. An ultra veteran, living in New Hampshire at the time, mentioned on the Ultra List how training for a spring 100 miler is hard to do when you live in New Hampshire. I wanted to prove him wrong.. so off I went. My first 100 wasn't the Vermont 100 though. I was training for the McNaughton Park 100 Miler. A race held in Illinois, of all places, in mid April.