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Western States 100

Photo: Michigan Bluff Photography

I am happy.  Though my race at Western States included many hours of absolute misery, the main emotion I feel in retrospect is one of love.  I love my family.  I love my fellow competitors.   I love the feeling of suffering for a purpose.  I love the contentment of crossing the damn finish line and achieving a goal.  I love the grind of training that brings out the best in me everyday.  Without question, Western States 2013 was the most difficult and uncomfortable race of my life.  Ironically, more than ever, I love this sport and the people that make it so special. Read the rest of this page »

Nontraditional Ultrarunning & Pearl Izumi Giveaway!

It’s no secret that Ultrarunning is in a period of fantastic growth and transformation.  People are pouring into the sport form all walks of life, at an unprecedented rate.  Though there is some fear that this evolution will somehow corrupt the sport’s principles, the current momentum and energy seems largely positive to me.  On the one hand, there are significantly more true runners with professionally trained talent discovering the trails and pushing the competitive envelope at the front of nearly every race.  Similarly, there are even more folks being compelled join our ranks from non-running or even non-athletic backgrounds.   It’s beautiful thing and I feel equally inspired by both groups. Read the rest of this page »

Miwok 60k

The legendary Dipsea Trail. Photo Glenn Tachiyama

I’ve now had the good fortune of racing in the stunningly picturesque Marin Headlands on two occasions.  Interestingly, both races have been thwarted by freak weather conditions on both ends of the spectrum.  Last December, racers including myself were greeted by some appallingly wet weather that forced last second course changes and, ultimately, a lot of confusion at the front of the TNF 50 mile championship. Ironically, it was the exact opposite kind of weather that stymied our race on Saturday.  The weather was so nice that it was literally dangerous.

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Hypoxico

Since the last time I posted, life has been a whirlwind.  I mean that in the best way possible.  My time in Aspen came to a close the way it started – with a raucous party and a glaring absence of moderation.  With a heavy heart and an intense enthusiasm, I travelled to New York City to begin the next chapter of my professional career with Hypoxico Altitude Training Systems.  The three day training that ensued was a pleasure on all fronts.  The employees were eager to teach and accommodated my ignorance with patience and competence.  For them, it was probably an exercise in endurance but, for me, it was stimulating and inspiring.  I left with a renewed fervor to work and am very excited to be associated with such a pioneering and innovative company. Read the rest of this page »

Change is Good

I’ve been a Colorado boy my entire life.  One year ago, if you would have told me I would ever leave Aspen, I would have said you were crazy.  If you told me I would leave to chase a girl to a major metropolitan area, I would have laughed in your face.  It’s amazing how quickly things can change.

I’m moving to the Bay Area next month, not only to chase girl, but also to chase a dream.  For the last three years I’ve been a proud employee of The Little Nell Hotel and the Aspen Skiing Company.  The opportunities, experiences, and friendships I’ve gained during my tenure are truly invaluable and will survive long after my final day at the office.  Last Thursday I quit my job in order to focus full time on running.  I realize I only have one chance to make this work, so I intend to take full advantage of the opportunity. Read the rest of this page »