Dragon’s Back – May 20-24 2019

I did Dragon’s Back this past May – a 5 day, 315km (~198 mile) stage race from the north coast of Wales almost to the southern coast, held every other year.  There’s about 50000 feet of climbing – people run down the country linking most of the highest mountains along the way.  Out of 402…

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Bone Tempest – March 2019

Warning:  I’m going to be purposefully vague about some things, in the interest of preserving the experience for future participants and not creating hassle for people. I spent a really fun day in CA recently, doing a tiny “event” called Bone Tempest.  It turns out that the Barkley Marathons has inspired some other Bad Ideas,…

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Crooked Road 24 Hour – 11/17/18

Two years at the Crooked Road 24 Hour Ultra, two wins, and two different experiences. I returned to Rocky Mount this year for a rare opportunity to “Defend My Title”.  I haven’t won many races in my life – a fluke 15k win a few years ago, Crooked Road 24 Hour last year, maybe something…

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Chinook Pass Loop, August 29, 2018 (with Mother Mountain/Northern Trail bonus report)

After our fun and challenging adventure doing the Owyhigh Lakes Loop in early August, we realized we still had plenty of time left between other planned events to try another UPWC hike.  We decided to tackle the Chinook Pass Loop and picked a starting point that we thought was going to offer the best combination…

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One-day Enchantments With Janet

I had a meeting in Oregon in late September.  A few days beforehand, Janet told me she’d like to run through the Enchantments on the way to the meeting.  We’d talked about doing that for a while, and the weather looked decent so we found a place in Leavenworth (The Loge Cabins – recommended) and…

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IMTUF DNF – 9/15/18

I’m not so tuf.  This past weekend I traveled ~82 of IMTUF’s 103 miles, good enough for a Did Not Finish.  Although I’ve DNF’d a couple times before, I chose DNF’s in those cases due to time constraints relating to something after the race.  This is the first running race that was tuffer than me,…

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Squamish 50/50 – August 2018

Running the Squamish 50/50 (a 50 mile race and a 50k race on back-to-back days) just 3 weeks after running the Ouray 100 wasn’t my best idea ever. Squamish is a small town in BC, halfway between Vancouver and Whistler, about 4 hours driving from Seattle (more like 5 once you account for traffic and…

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