Tarawera 100k

17 February 2015 2 Comments Category: Racing, Running

Tarwera 1

Photo: Lyndon Marceau

For whatever reason, I seem to consistently feel on top of my game in the winter and spring months of the year. February seems to be a particularly strong month for me with 2015 being the third year in a row that I’ve been able to notch an ultra in the win column. It’s important to recognize and capitalize on these rhythms which is why I was quite pleased yet unsurprised to feel in top form upon my arrival in New Zealand a full week ahead of the Tarawera Ultramarathon.

Photo: Jason Bowman

As an avid sports fan and appreciator of all things athletic, I’m highly aware and inspired by examples of athletes who repeatedly endure agonizing disappointment  before ultimately accomplishing their goals.  Even John Elway lost three Super Bowls before he was finally crowned a champion.  After two disappointing races at WS, a DNS at UTMB, and a grueling death march at Transgrancanaria, I was beginning to feel that I had some sort of physical or mental shortcoming at races longer than fifty miles.  It was becoming a monkey on on my back that preoccupied me often.

Photo: TNF Endurance Challenge

Every time I go back to New York City I grow to enjoy it a bit more.  On my first real trip over in adulthood, I felt like a fish out of water.  Piggybacking on a popular ski town insult denoting ineptitude on the mountain, my boss labeled me an “urban gaper” due to my palpable discomfort in the Big Apple.  Now I’ve got the subway lines memorized, can keep up with the freakish walking speed of the locals, and can genuinely enjoy the sheer insanity that makes this city so special.  Plus, the Hypoxico office is in the middle of Manhattan and my visits are always highly productive and stimulating from a professional perspective.  

Transgrancanaria

11 March 2014 10 Comments Category: Racing, Running

Photo: Jose Manuel Rodriguez

In the ten days since the race, I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings about my trip to Transgrancanaria.  I’m still not really sure how I feel but I’m hopeful that valuable strength and wisdom will come from what was otherwise an agonizing exercise in survival.  I realize bemoaning a disappointing race does not make for the most compelling read, so I’d like to just touch on a few points that I think are worth mentioning.

Sean O’Brien 50

5 February 2014 2 Comments Category: Uncategorized

Photo: Jayme Burtis. Early miles with Josh Arthur

It’s no secret that I love SoCal.  My streak of racing successes in the area is as mysterious to me as it is to anyone else.  I’m fully aware that my good fortune will run out at some point, but I’m sure it won’t deter me from continuing to return to race on the beautiful trails that exist in the greater Los Angeles area.