Date: October 13th, 2013
Location: Southern Catskills of NY, Slide Mountain Wilderness
Adventure: 14.2 Miles, 5,000 feet elevation gain
As September neared its end, I was preparing for my 3rd Mountain Madness 50k. I had mixed feelings about the race this year. Last year I had trained on the course often and had more miles in my legs but felt under trained this year. A busy schedule had kept me from but just 1 training run on the course. The course was also different this year due to pipeline construction. Never the less, I signed up and prepared to do my best.
I wasn’t sure what to expect racing the 7 mile Mountain Madness trail run, but my hunch was that the relatively short race would be fast from the gun. While I was operating under a number of assumptions, things started off as I had envisioned. I had a quality 15 minute warm up, and I was at the front on the starting line.
I ran three Spartan Races last year, ending with a 4th place at the World Championships in Killington, VT. While I thoroughly enjoyed the races, I still prefer FKT’s and traditional trail races most of the time. With my schedule this fall I wasn’t able to get to the two shorter races I did last year before deciding at the last minute to return to Killington. I couldn’t do the Beast Championship on Saturday
Foam Rolling or Self Myofascial Release (SMR) is a form of self-induced massage therapy of your muscles and fascia. Mike Clark and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (N.A.S.M) were the one’s to bring serious attention to how Foam Rolling can help correct imbalances, decrease over active tissues and...
My 2nd battle against altitude started 3 years ago and the war is still officially in progress! After my DNF at the Wasatch 100 mile race in 2010 (at mile 82 or so after Brighton AS, from major illness), I took some much needed time off to reflect, heal and improve myself. At the beginning of 2013, I began to feel rested...
The Great Range Traverse is consisting of a series of peaks along a ridgeline that runs southwest from Keene Valley. The peaks along this ridgeline, starting from the NE, are Rooster Comb, Hedgehog, Lower Wolfjaw, Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Little Haystack & Haystack and Mount Marcy, but after researching a bit they’re many different variations of the above.
It was hard to believe it had been 6 years since I had last raced at the Wapack trail race. It wasn’t a race I had done every year, but it was certainly one of my regular events. Apparently I am getting quite old, as my history there predates the intarweb.
When you toe the starting line for a 100 mile race needless to say that you never really know what is going to happen on race day. That goes double for racing at altitude and climbing some of the toughest terrain in the ultra-world.
After taking a short three day trip to Boulder, Colorado in January 2011, I made it a point to come back and run a race. My good friend and teammate Chris Foccaci ran TransRockies years back and described it as one of the best organized and unique races he has ran. I thought this would be a great opportunity to experience the backcountry of Colorado.
The 18.6 Mile Escarpment Trail Run has been taking place in the Catskills Mountains of New York for more than 30 years. It is a race that has been on my radar for a while but never fit into my schedule. This year the timing was just right!
A race within a race... Elizabeth, Sam and I were running a little behind schedule so we had our own little race to this section of the course. We parked at Big Hollow Road; the start of the Manitou's Revenge Ultra and ran up to about mid point of Blackhead Mountain.
On Saturday, July 27, I ran my first trail race at altitude, The Eldora Trail 10K, after moving to Boulder, Colorado only five short weeks ago. Training in Boulder, which sits at an elevation of 5,430 ft. has been humbling to say the least.