Feeding the Bear: A journey from being unable to walk in June to racing 100 miles in September.

Week one:  Can't walk to the bathhouse from the camper without a trekking pole.  Netflix black hole week.  Walking attempts still painful.  Lots of gentle PT strengthening and stretching twice a day. Week two: Tried to hike.  Tried to bike.  Everything hurts and the depression starts creeping in.  PT 2x/day. Week three:  Hiking still hurts, let's try that biking thing again.  No pain! Begin gravel biking addiction.  Bye bye depression.  PT 2x/day.

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An Injured Runner’s 3 Meal Cook Book

Injured?  Cancel the pity party, put on an apron (or not) and spend a little extra time in the kitchen with some new recipes that are tasty and good for your injured self.

6 Reasons Why Trail Running is Better Than Mountain Biking

Let me preface this one by explaining my situation.  I love running, for hours and hours and hours.  I was doing just that at the San Diego 100 but after about 13 hours my piriformis muscle decided to play the strain game.  Two weeks of barely walking, one week of short shuffle hikes and finally … Continue reading 6 Reasons Why Trail Running is Better Than Mountain Biking

Going for it: A San Diego 100 DNF and the Anatomy of an Injury

Some thoughts on believing you can win, desperately drinking creek water, my first DNF and ensuing injury. With all the extra time on my hands due to injury, it's a long one...

Spring Flingin’ (Antelope Island 50K, Maze District Honeymoon, Zane Grey 50M)

"Great Faith. Great Doubt. Great Effort." The Three Essentials of Training - Zen Proverb After getting married at the end of January, Jess and I knew we would only have one shot at getting in a honeymoon amid her hectic senior year of researching and interning: spring break!  There are plenty of items on the bucket … Continue reading Spring Flingin’ (Antelope Island 50K, Maze District Honeymoon, Zane Grey 50M)

Red Hot(ish) 55K(ish) race report

"Forget goals.  Value the process."  - Jim Bouton Race: Moab Red Hot Distance:  55K (~33.5 miles on the GPS) Story:  After finishing up work on Friday I drove down with the Burro and camped with Matt and Char along the Colorado River at a site they had secured earlier that morning.  I checked in downtown, met … Continue reading Red Hot(ish) 55K(ish) race report

Encore 2016 – The Joshua Tree Traverse FKT

The descent leading to the third climb was really fun technical running and the fog was really heavy making for an intense sensation of isolation and solitude. I turned on some music to put the mountain lion fears on the back burner and alternated between power hiking and shuffling up the steep third climb. Near the top I saw a coyote disappear into the mist beside the trail.