25 August 2015

Lucca runs the Lean Horse 100

Long story short, Lucca started running ultras at least two years before I ever dipped my toe in the water. Last Saturday she ran her first 100-mile trail race, the Lean Horse 100. Bravo Lucca!

Her husband, Bil Vandergraff, was there to support her the whole time. He was nice enough to share some pictures, video and commentary; here is how it went.

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17 August 2015

Passport2Pain, here I come!

Click, click, click, and done.


The Passport2Pain has been on my bucket list for quite some time and it looks like 2015 is the year.

Have I ridden on Vashon Island before/do I have any idea what I'm getting myself into? Yes. It's going to be hard. Bring on the adventure.

25 July 2015

EMS

Kind of ran out of motivation/time/something today so watched some television and hooked myself up to my Compex Performance and ran a strengthening program. Done and done.

24 July 2015

core | bike commute | lunch run

I almost took another day off today. Motivation is gone.

Luckily Jon Robinson gave me a shout and asked me to go running so I went.

I felt like crap! Right from the start I felt like I was breathing through the world's smallest straw, so much so that I was wheezing while my heart rate was just 125 bpm. Sad smileWe slowed down a bit and I recovered some but every time our pace would get close to 8:00 I was in a world of hurt. Shoot. I was laughing, Jon was just going for a shakeout run prior to racing the White River 50 Mile and I couldn't keep up. Sigh.

My ride home was very slow.

23 July 2015

walk

Wow, what a difference a couple of days make.

Tuesday I was on fire! Wednesday the motivation ebbed so I took a day off. Last night I met my friend Tony Callen at Fremont Brewing and that was the beginning of the end for me. I took the bus to work today and still felt like crap when I walked home. Some people learn things much slower than others.

21 July 2015

Howe Street stairs | bike commute | lunch run | Fleet Feet run

Great day! I was surprised I had this much energy but my lunch run was super mellow and I might still be coasting from all that speed last weekend. At lunch I ran with Steven Kurle who is always great to talk to and great company.

At the stairs I felt slower than usual but I still got in 13 flights in 45 minutes which is what I have been doing when I feel super so go figure.

At Fleet Feet Sports Seattle we started pretty mellow but then I was solid on the hill and picked up the pace just a bit in the last mile. Solid in other words.

20 July 2015

bike commute

Whew, just an easy bike commute today. Felt good to rest the feet.

19 July 2015

Cougar 10

Got a text from Todd Morse Tucker last night asking if I wanted to run today. I was SO close to saying no but in the end I'm glad I accepted the invite.

I think today was my slowest time on this loop but I finished feeling better than when I started so that's a good thing, right? I didn't have any pain or specific issues from the weekend, just overall tiredness.

18 July 2015

Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage – ultra style

I love Shelley. Any event that starts with me finding a note like this in my bag of race nutrition is going to be good.

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Why was it 'ultra style'? Read on to find out.

26 June 2015

North Bend Triple Challenge (Mt Si, Rattlesnake Ridge, Little Si)

My friend Martin de Vrieze has organized the North Bend Triple Challenge run for the last three years around his birthday. I was able to participate in the first one but missed last year from some reason. For various reasons like construction, etc. the route has changed each year but it has always included three summits – hence the name.

This is what the day is all about.

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