Happy New Year! The commencement of 2014 brings some exciting developments and adventures in my life. My family is preparing to welcome "Oh Yeah Baby," the name my daughter Jude has given her little sister who arrives in March. I am excited to have joined the New Balance outdoor ambassador team. February 15th marks my return to racing after a 16 month hiatus from competition. And 2014 will be my fifteenth year teaching middle schoolers. All this means I have to find that evasive balance that will afford success in each of these spheres. What more important area to begin with than family?
|Molly and Jude zipping down in the orange toboggan!|
|Jude helping me limber up|
|Casey Weaver heading up Midnight Mine Rd.|
Training Again! The final month of 2013 was a surprisingly good month of training for me. In my last post, I bemoaned the trials of training in Basalt, CO during the dark, cold, snowy days of December. While there were certainly trying days that made it difficult to motivate, there were also some quintessential bluebird Colorado days. Additionally, I had a breakthrough on the treadmill that I owe to Matt Carpenter. I have traditionally loathed treadmill miles more than any other type of training I have done. However, upon reading an interview of Matt's where he described his own treadmill training, I discovered a way to make the treadmill more palatable: intervals! I have always used the treadmill on my easy days, often attempting to watch TV as a distraction to no avail. In his interview Matt said he only did interval workouts on his treadmill. I tried it and found minutes and miles zipped by with greater ease than just mellow aerobic running. This realization has already proved invaluable to my training. Below are some shots of a few great December runs that reflect the best of what the Elks have to offer in the winter months.
|Richmond Ridge - Top of Aspen Mt.|
|Jeason Murphy on Prince Creek Rd. - Mt. Sopris looming in the background|
Runner's Set! The second race of my ultra career was the 2008 Moab Red Hot 55K. To say it did not go well would be a gross understatement. A better way to describe it would be, "the worst race of my life!" So it is with great anticipation that I return to this race six years later, seeking a little redemption. Red Hot marks the start of my 2014 season and it should be a blast. Many friends and ultra enthusiasts will be at the race and I look forward to the run. Last year I stepped away from racing for the entire season in an attempt to keep the priorities of my life- family, work, running, in that order. While my return to racing fills me with excitement, I imagine my results will benefit from keeping my priorities in that order. Cheers to stellar 2014!!!
Motivation for this year's race!
2008 Moab Red Hot 50Km
2008 Moab Red Hot 50Km
PLACE NAME HOME TOWN Age TIME
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1 Kyle Skaggs Glenwood, NM 23 M 04:03:02.54
2 Tony Krupicka Colorado Springs, 24 M 04:03:03.26
3 Justin Ricks Pueblo West, CO 28 M 04:04:57.18
4 Duncan Callahan Gunnison, CO 25 M 04:13:56.08
5 Johannes Rudolph Boulder, CO 42 M 04:22:28.69
6 Ian Torrence Ashland, OR 35 M 04:24:39.72
7 Karl Meltzer Sandy, UT 40 M 04:25:59.69
8 Susanna Beck Eugene, OR 39 F 04:28:21.81
9 Scott Jaime Highlands Ranch, C 38 M 04:30:00.11
10 Anita Ortiz Eagle, CO 43 F 04:34:30.93
38 Zeke Tiernan Aspen, CO 32 M 05:37:36.07