19 September 2015

Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon

Ouch... so close.

Last year when I ran the Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon I fell around mile 11 and sliced open my right thigh. Pretty dramatic looking stuff but luckily not debilitating and I finished, pretty well considering. This year my goals were 1) not to fall, 2) run healthy/injury-free and 3) to see if I could better my previous time.

ASIDE - #1 was also one of Shelley's goals for me.

[Thanks to Jodee Adams-Moore for these very cool (and kinda hippie) finisher medals!]

12 September 2015


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Oh man, My edition of Passport2Pain really should have been called "Passport2Pain++" or "Passport2Pain plus More Pain plus Even More Pain" because upon arriving at the finish I realized I had lost my car key somewhere on Vashon Island. This meant I had to ride 10 more miles (mostly uphill) to the ferry and then 10 more miles (with two more hills) from the ferry dock home. Ouch.

That said, this ride was everything I imagined it would be. We practically rode up every hill on the entire frigging island! I'm so glad for 1) the perfect weather, 2) some great company and 3) the outrageous (read: totally excellent) amount of support on this ride!


06 September 2015

The Rut 50k

Boom! Just two days after the Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer Martin gets to do the Lone Peak climb all over again as part of The Rut 50k, this time after an 18-mile warm up. And what a warm up it was.

Pictures sometimes really do tell the story best, here is one of my favorites.


04 September 2015

Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer

Wow, check another item off of Martin's bucket list, the Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer was incredible.


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.


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


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


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.