Sunday, April 13, 2014

Leather fly rod case

A few months ago I went to a dump and salvaged quite a few yards of leather from old couches and recliners. After seeing the work of an amazing artist I was inspired (and I'm hard to inspire these days) to make my own fly rod case. So I took this dump grade leather and I made a case. It was OK. I made a ton of mistakes but it was pretty good still... good enough that I was asked to make another. Here's a bit of the process... it took maybe ~20 hours.
The top cap. 

Top cap sewn.

My first top cap on the right and the new design on the left.

The handle ready to hand stitch. The handle is one piece of doubled leather with no seam. Tricky to make actually.  

The handle being sewn on (with the finished top cap)

You have to basically finish everything before you're done. This is the handle sewn to the tube's final wrap. If I got the size of the final wrap wrong then I did ~500 hand stitches for nothing.  

Done and to the owner. He was super psyched and already had a place on his wall for the case. 

The bottom of the case. 

I botched the stitching... it's a 1/2 stitch off. I pre-punched over 100 holes and missed the mark by a millimeter and it shows in the stitches. Not quite "skilled". 

On the owners wall.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day...

let me teach you how to fish and you'll starve to death.

Day 1.
 Skunked. Zero bites. I never even saw a fish jump. But to be fair (or to make excuses) the lake we fished was dead.
 Our first night we camped on the banks of a muddy desert lake called Lake Meredith down in Crowley County. We got stuck in the mud driving down to the camp sight and a local farmer helped us out. As a bonus there is a massive feedlot on it's north bank and we awoke to a nearly nauseating smell of feedlot. Getting out of the tent in to 25 degree temps my eyes watered... and I grew up working in hog farms. So my family was pretty distraught. Literally not a single tree within a half mile. I threw out some bait and let it sit but never had any hopes. It was an adventure though and really the craptastickness of it all is good for my boys. They roll with it at this point and I see them growing stronger every time we do something like this. Ben is seven and he built our campfire all by himself using a magnesium rod and a knife... pretty cool. I've tried to teach them that hardship is what shapes us. Of course being coddled and pampered shapes us also... but the end shape is different.
 Bonus: No internet. Of course I didn't even bring my lap top and if I had an i-telephone I wouldn't have brung it. Although I did to get to see a family enjoying a meal at a Mexican restaurant. The father, mother and two kids all had their faces buried in their phones. No talking. No eye contact. I watched them the entire time and they didn't say a word. Yay. I'll stop there and save it for a GOM rant with GZ.

Day 2-3.
 Skunked. Zero bites. Definitely one of the better lakes I've been on though. Lake Pueblo State Park. Fantastic and we'll be back, but definitely only in the early spring or late fall. It was over 70 in March. Too hot in the summer I suspect so we'll stay up high. I hate public camping and we prefer primitive back country but this was really great. I fished maybe an hour in two days, the rest of the time was hiking and exploring and fishing with my kids. And you need to understand... fishing with a 4 and 7 year old ain't "fishing". I talked to a couple other guys who had been there for the weekend and they didn't have a single bite either.
 While we were in Pueblo, which I have to admit is an OK town as far as towns go, I saw an old barber shop. The kind with the candy cane pole out front and it had to have been ~80 years old. I checked it out. $14.00 for a shave and a haircut... beautiful.
 On Friday I looked like this....

On Saturday I looked like this...

 "RC" cut and shaved me. He's 80 and he's been cutting hair for 60 years. Turns out he's a runner. He runs an hour every other day. He's eighty effing years old... Pueblo isn't that far... I may just head back down next time I need a haircut. Cool guy with lots of great stories. I love that about life. I walk in to an old barber shop and meet an old man with twice my life experience who is willing to share. Everyone has a story.

 Great weekend. No fish... but fishing with my boys is something that I cherish and it has nothing to do with fish.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Coming up this week I'll be spending 3 days sleeping on the banks of John Martin Reservoir in South East Colorado. So the Rudy Project sunglasses contest is on! I'll validate with a tape and pics. If I get skunked again then I'll write down all your guesses and just draw one randomly while self flagellating myself for being such a loser fish catcher.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday 12.5 miles

Got out with fellow grumpy old men GZ and The Sweeney this morning. 12.5 miles in 1:39. No walking needed today but we did run a pancake flat route down in Boulder. 7:55 average pace and I felt good, I'll take it... for now. I need to get out of the hills more often until I'm fitter. Above all else I had fun and enjoyed the run.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


 Got out this morning for 40:00 in a fresh 6" of new snow. I'm pretty pissed at how out of shape I am!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

16 things... explicit rambling.

466 days to Leadman 2015. 16 things that matter.

1. Family. I can't sacrifice my family for this. I need to balance my energy and time. I'm a father and husband first. And a has been athlete second.

2. Beer. I drink way too much.
 I love my IPA too much.
 When I went 8:50 at Kona as an age-grouper I didn't drink a drop for 10 months. Beer is good but it's so bad.

3. Sleep. When I focus on something my brain wakes me up, usually around 3:00am, ready to get to it. In 2012 I averaged maybe 5 hours of sleep a night. I need to figure that one out but how do you shut your brain off? I say often that the mind is everything. It's far more powerful (or weak) than the body... that subject could be 20 blog posts. I'm a head case, more than you know. But when I'm motivated my psyche is a granite diesel engine on crack. Not sure what that means.

4. Bike more. In 2012 I averaged maybe 3 hours a week. I love cycling and I need to do what I love more often. My big bike weeks back in the day were upwards of 35 hours. If cavemen had bikes they would have done that shit. I need to ride 4:15 in the 50 mile and 8:00 in the 100 mile. If I focus... those time goals are soft.

5. Strength. Another love of mine is the gym. In 2012 I weighed 140 pounds (I'm 5'10"). I would love to hit ~145-150 next year and be lean. Skinny ain't cool nor functional when you need to be strong. My best Ironmans came when I was ~155... my worst when I was 145.

6. Diet. I eat once a day (I've eaten maybe 300 calories in the last 2 days). I need to focus more on nutrients. Salad 4-5 days a week. I don't think I need to eat more... I just need to eat more smart. And I need to get back to juicing vegetables... that's like rocket fuel.

7. Alternating weeks of run/ bike focus. When I was at my best for Ironman I would alternate weeks of ~100 miles running with ~400-500 miles biking. That worked well. I need to step back 14 years to move forward.

8. More concise planning. I have 466 days. I know myself well enough to know precisely what I need to be doing 300 days from now. Put it on paper. I have years of amazing training logs. Use them as my template.

9. Ditch the digital. No Garmin (I recently gave mine away). No power meter. No HRM. I love data but to be my best I need to go old school. The brain is the most important thing and data changes the thinking process... usually as a negative. Data is useful until it isn't.

10. Beard. Keep a bad ass, epic beard and shave my head. Hard to explain but some people might get it. This goes back to "The Summer of the Caveman" which I think is fucking brilliant.

11. Perspective. I can fall in to what feels like a void. It's a dark and comforting place that can smother me in motivation. I wake at 3am with AC/DC or Tool blasting in my head and want nothing more than to push my body and mind. My ability to focus could simultaneously be my biggest weapon and my biggest weakness.

12. FTP. Yes, this goes against #9, but I need to get my FTP up to at least 320 watts. From ~1999-2007 I was always near this and it was simple to get there. I'll test infrequently because eletronical shit is useless. Until it isn't.

13. Mileage. Something I love. You can take your "study" that finds 60:00 as the optimal duration of training and shove it. Run your rats on a treadmill for an hour... that means nothing to me at mile 80 of a 100 mile run.

14. The 10k. In 2012 I raced the 10k and it cost me 2 hours in the 100 run. Stupid. But still kind of bad ass. My ego that morning was like a heroin addict needing a fix. I needed that race. Tempered motivation...

15. Ego. I've tried and worked hard for years to rid myself of my ego. I still have some of course (I'm an arrogant prick still)... but I need more. I need to care about beating people. I need to know that I'm good enough to succeed. Don't confuse that with confidence. Ego is what allows a person to fight tooth and nail to not lose.

16. 35:10. Remember that number....

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday 6 miles

 G drove up to my house this morning for a run. Always a pleasure to run with a fellow grumpy old man. I faked my way through ~6 miles and ~1400ft of vertical. 3 puking stops and 10 apologies (for my lame ass needing to walk often) later... I logged a run. I'm realizing that I can't continue being horribly out of shape (average). It just isn't who I am. My burn out and lack of motivation to exercise does not outweigh my need to be fit and strong.

 I hate who I am right now. I disgust me.

 And so my retirement will end today. 


Saturday, February 15, 2014

US Cross Country Nationals

George Zack did the work for me and summed up a great day down in Boulder. I met up with what I consider some of my best friends in the whole world, maybe even the county, and got to watch them suffer. Then we drank beer. Seriously great day.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fishing results.

 There was a definite reason I said that "0" couldn't be used. Partly because it would have been picked by many and partly because there was a good chance I would get skunked. This is one of the more difficult times of the year to fish. The river I fish is extremely low. The lake by my house (Gross Reservoir) has too much ice to fish from the bank but not enough to ice fish. So I caught zero fish. I was out for a total of 11 hours.
 Yesterday I was down out of the altitude where there wasn't much ice.

Standley Lake was fun and the weather was warm. Not a bite.

And this morning at Gross Reservoir where I had a very small puddle to fish. 2 hours and I ended up with frost nip on my thumb. Still no feeling in the tip. Super windy and cold. I was having to clear ice from my eyelets. Loved it.

So the bad news is that no one won except for me. I got to fish. And the good news, for us both, is that I will be fishing again next Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday (as well as Monday and Wednesday) and will simply carry the contest over to next weekend. I WILL be giving someone the Rudy Project sunglasses. Promise.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fish total day 1

 Note: voting is over.
The time I had to fish today was slowly eroded away by that thing called life so I ended up having just 2 hours. I got to Gross Reservoir where I had planned on fishing all weekend but over the past few days it has developed a ~1" layer of ice over 99% of the lake. Not fishable at all. So I drove over to South Boulder Creek and fly fished for about 45:00 in really low water but I had to try. One small bite.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rudy Project give away/ contest.

Contest time. I was sponsored by Rudy Project for a decade and have a box of sunglasses still in their plastic. I could sell them on e-bay... but this is much more fun.
 So the contest. I'm going fishing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The person who guesses how many inches of fish I catch in those three days wins the glasses. Zero is not an acceptable answer. If I don't catch any fish then there is no winner (I'm just a loser). So for example, say I catch 3 trout measuring 10 inches... that's 30 inches of fish.
 Got it? Leave your guess in the comments and then I will post on Monday what the total is and name the winner.
 Here are the glasses.
 And don't forget to feed the fish to the right.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


My friend (very happy to be able to call him that) GZ just reminded me of a post I wrote last year. I re-read it and it's not bad. I'm not sure why I don't write more about my ideas, I have a gazillion and some are quite "out of the box". This post was inspired by questions from people so I would encourage you, beloved reader, to ask for blog post themes. It may (or may not) inspire me a bit...
  The post articulates my thoughts on effective training. Nothing new at all and I haven't invented anything. Guys were thinking this stuff 20 years before I was born.
 It feels like people think I am a Maffetone fanatic, but in reality I'm not. Heart rate training is not the end all be all. It's a tool. If you're building a house you don't use just a hammer.
  I think MAF applies well to a lot of people. People with a weak "aerobic" economy. A place that I find myself at least once a year after a break. Or people who tend to become injured while trying to increase intensity. MAF has a very useful place in any training cycle. The Africans accidentally do it. All good runners do it but it's usually less strict in terms of HR data. A good runner has excellent self awareness and intuition in terms of intensity, that's why they're good runners. Would Bekele benefit from taking 180 minus his age and then running at that HR? No. If you want to run truly fast in a 5k or even a marathon will strict MAF adherence get you there? No. Intensity is king unless you don't believe in science. But you must be prepared to handle the intensity. People who don't respond to intensity are not ready for it... that's what MAF is for.

Question: Quality vs quantity? Or said another way, since most obsessive compulsive endurance athletes seem to have (need) races and stay semi-fit all year round. When should one base build versus work on speedwork? Some follow the rule of base build and then 8 weeks or whatever our from race sharpen their race skills and start speedwork. Others preach speedwork and then focus on building in the volume closer to the race with just a wee bit of race/speed focus.

Question: What I can't wrap my head around yet is how guys like you and Jay Aldous can achieve such amazing times in 100s without a ton of volume. I'd love to see you explain the quality vs. quantity issue on the your blog.

 First, I'm not a writer and I won't pretend to be. I'm only a marginally educated college dropout hillbilly. My thoughts ramble... and I tend to let them.

 The very first thing, to point out the obvious, is that the type of quality and when to do it depends on a few things. When and how far is your race? How fit are you? What type of fit are you? An out of shape, first time runner starting training for a marathon that's in 24 weeks should not be doing quality, the focus needs to be on quantity to start. A runner that is marathon fit with a 5k in 12 weeks needs to ditch quantity and focus on quality. These examples are at the extreme ends of the spectrum and we all fit in between somewhere.
 We are all different and every scenario is different. Start with basic concepts, evaluate the situation, then work off those basic concepts to formulate a plan of attack.

Brad Hudson said to never sacrifice quality for quantity and visa versa. I do feel however that you can flub volume in favor of quality at times, and depending on your race focus it generally doesn't work the other way around meaning that if you want to get truly fast volume alone will not replace quality. In terms of training stress a 16 mile tempo run may be worth more than a 25 mile easy run. And training stress is what it's all about. We stress our body, then rest, then get stronger. How you stress your body to elicit a response has wiggle room as long as you keep it somewhat specific to your event. Of course stressing your body with 10:00 of Vo2 max intervals will not replace a 20 mile long run, they both have a completely different focus on the type of fitness you're trying to build. With out any doubt though, if you're an old guy like me you will benefit greatly from some non-specific training like Vo2 max intervals or weights.
  My Leadman training showed this approach does work for some. I stressed my body with completely non-specific stress and was able to run far less than most of the runners at Leadville. I averaged 58 miles a week in the 20 weeks before Leadville this year and just 40 miles a week for the entire year. But what I did with that 58 miles matters. There weren't many weeks that I didn't do some form of quality session ranging from 10 X 1:00 Vo2 hill reps (critical for any older runner) to 10 mile/ 2000ft vertical tempo runs to 25 mile flat tempo runs to 30 mile hard runs with 8000ft vertical. What I didn't do was try to fill in my week with short easy runs in an attempt to reach a high weekly total, instead I biked and allowed my body to adapt and recover. I balanced training stress so that my quality days were truly quality. I wasn't fried and this is at the heart of Brad Hudson's advice. If an athlete is pushing to run 100 miles a week then their quality sessions might be compromised, even the value of their mileage, meaning they don't reap the full rewards. They sacrifice quality for a number at the end of the week. This is wrong. Now, that's not to say that pushing 100 mile weeks doesn't have it's place! Refer back to the first paragraph.

 Speaking of stress, another form comes from the environment. 20 miles with 60ft of vertical is not the same as 20 miles with 6000ft of vertical. Same with altitude. I happen to live at 8200ft altitude and a majority of my running (and 100% of my recovery) is done between 8000 and 10500ft on terrain that is extremely hilly. So because of these factors I was able to get away with only doing 58 miles a week because it absolutely is "worth" more than 58 miles at sea-level, there's a conversion and although you can't actually put it on paper it is there. By time alone I looked back and compared data to when I was running at low altitude and flat terrain and where I live and train now. Looking only at weekly time, an 80 mile week is equal to 110 miles. Vague and not scientific but something to consider.

 And yet another form of stress is emotional or 'life stress'. A full time professional athlete who doesn't work, has no job or kids will have a bazillion times less stress than a guy like Nick Clark (I use him as the example only because Chuck Norris has a poster of Nick over his bed) who has two kids, a job, a house and is training a bazillion miles with weekly Mt Everest vertical. This matters. Nick often times crushes the former guy. Stress of any kind can add (or subtract) to the value of your training.

 Another aspect that links in to all of this is the athletic age and background of an athlete. Someone who has been training for 2 years will not be able to train like an athlete who has been training for 2 decades. 15 years ago I was running 100 mile weeks. This matters both physically and mentally. I have the confidence to step back and rest and not chase numbers that may diminish my training or my race results. Conversely I also feel that this has limited my training and prevented me from truly racing well. I'm tired, not the 'I just ran now I'm tired' type but more of a big picture fatigue from training week in and week out for over 15 years. But I digress.
 Sort of. The OCD type athletes generally do not have a ton of experience nor do they ever reach the top of their sport. Either that or they are insecure. If you look at top athletes at Ironman or the marathon you rarely see these guys and girls racing every week or even every month and very often you hear them say that rest is critical. Yes they are OCD but they also know what the right thing to do is and they're disciplined enough to do the right thing. You may see them do a short period of racing during peak season but they usually target 1-2 races per year and then do everything to make those the highest quality that they can.
I told you I ramble...

 Periodization is what all of this ultimately boils down to. The application or planning of periodization is specific to each athlete's strengths and weaknesses and if an athlete truly wants to get strong and fast then there is a method to the madness. Training blocks with zero intensity are part of it. But I also see athletes who don't have the time (their race is only 12 weeks out), attitude or the patience to allow this concept to work effectively. Maybe they enjoy the group track sessions, fine. Have fun, that's why we do this and I mean that. Or maybe they don't feel like wearing a HRM all the time and they go out and run too hard, fine. I have zero problem with an athlete wanting to have fun and just go run, but that athlete also needs to understand that the end result may not be the same. Another thing to consider is that we are all unique so what worked for one most likely won't work the same for another and this is where the 'art' of training comes in, or at least the ability to read an athlete and see how they are responding.

 So back on track... Intensity is the king of all training. But only if your body is able to handle and absorb it. Very often athletes over estimate their ability in this aspect. The same goes for volume really. I fell completely in to this trap of thinking I needed to run 120 mile weeks for the marathon and it totally ruined my chance to run a fast marathon. Adaptation is about the application of appropriate stress. An athlete that has never run a step will not reach a high level of fitness (and this is all about long distance racing. Not crossfit or the 100m dash) by hammering intervals immediately. The foundation for endurance events is metabolic economy and using fat as fuel. You work this first, then get fast. Also the ability to absorb hard training is based on the concept of a base. A runner that runs 20 miles a week will not absorb hard training as well as a runner who hits 80 miles a week. So, in terms of periodization we must prepare our body for the training to come. In a well planned periodized plan you have 12-16 weeks of training that is ONLY preparing you to train effectively in the last 8-10 weeks. There must be a period of time where we focus solely on training that strengthens our tendons and muscles and metabolic economy. I think we should get as fast as possible at 20 beats below threshold first. Once you do this then start thinking about getting truly fast. For most of us the distance we are trying to race is part of the challenge! So build your body to be able to handle this aspect first. How can you consider the speed for 26.2 miles when simply finishing is still the major challenge? Don't put the cart before the horse.

 Once you have reached a solid level of fitness then start to think about quality. Once you have built an adequate base then quality is king! But also keep this in perspective. Your body has an ideal level of stress needed for ideal adaptation. More or harder is not better. Consider the impact of a given session on the week. When I'm doing my long runs or intervals, at a certain point of fatigue, I ask myself questions. Is going further better? Is doing one more hill repeat better? Will I be able to train again tomorrow? If you're falling off the goal pace or wattage then this is a telling sign that you have stressed your body adequately because it is failing. Intensity is not only king but by default it is also the riskiest form of training. Even more so than volume, quality work is the overriding factor in over-training and injury. But this makes sense, the higher the risk the higher the pay out AND the bigger the loss. This is the same in almost everything we do in life. This is why it is so important to prepare properly for this work because an error can cost you dearly with a loss of training due to a strained hamstring or tendonitis or extreme fatigue.

 When do you know when it's time to start quality work? I think a base period should be a minimum of 8 weeks for most people, myself included. Some people should do a year. Hopefully you have an idea as to what peak mileage you can handle, if you don't then go find it. You need to have adapted to this peak mileage. Meaning that it isn't a huge push to hit it. If you're still struggling to hit peak mileage then consider spending more time adapting or reevaluating your expectations on your body. Maffetone's method is great for this. With frequent testing you can see definitively when you should start quality training with a plateau in your MAF development. But I will warn you, even after 17 years of dedicated MAF training I have only ever truly plateaued a handful of times. This is partly because our bodies adapt extraordinarily well to stress. It's simply amazing what we can do to ourselves and how our body will adapt if the mind is willing (key aspect there). It's important to also use PE for this. Once I hit a MAF pace that felt like tempo (or Zone 3) then I started quality work. I've taken my MAF down to ~5:50 pace and it was hard, and that was a mistake. I took this too far and my failure to run fast for the marathon was a result of this. I neglected other, equally important aspects of fitness like muscular strength and threshold. Threshold, at a certain point in an athletes development is more citical to performance than anything. I also pushed too hard to reach an arbitrary weekly mileage as I said before. I ignored my body and wasn't disciplined or confident enough to listen to what my body was saying. That alone is another blog post.

 Not sure I answered the questions completely but there's some fine rambling.  

Monday, October 14, 2013


Monday- Am) 8.5 miles- 1:17 (1395 vertical)
               Pm) 8 miles- 1:10 (1355v)

Tuesday- Am) 3 miles with drills, plyo, strides. 
               Pm) 10 miles- 1:14:58/ 7:31 pace (1800 vertical)

Wednesday- Track. Fast 200's. No watch. Just stayed smooth and relaxed.

Thursday- 6 miles easy recovery jogging. 

Friday- 0

Saturday/ Sunday- Crewing and pacing for The Boulder 100. Ran/ walked for 8 hours.   

  Not sure on total mileage. Probably something close to 70-80? 

Monday, October 7, 2013


 A quick review of my past week.
 I took a few weeks to allow my legs to readjust to the pounding and am now hitting it hard. Over the past year, from August 2012 to September 2013 I ran 330 miles total so to say I'm out of shape is an understatement. The weight training I have done over the past year has helped a ton though and this week of hard running has been absorbed easily. I would like to try to blog more often about the training I'll be doing for the Masters Cross Country Nationals in February, we'll see if that actually happens (the blogging that is). I welcome questions too which helps to motivate me to write more.

Monday- 7.5 miles in 1:08 (9:04 pace/ 1400ft vertical) with hill strides. Easy Z2 effort over-all.

Tuesday- 3 miles easy with strides. Lift shoulders, chest, sandbag/ TRX.

Wednesday- Am) 5 miles. Strides/ drills/ plyometrics + 3 X 400 in grass and mud. All in 1:17-1:20.
                    Pm) 7 miles- 1:00 (8:34 pace/ 1400ft vertical) as moderate tempo effort. Moderate tempo would equate to about MAF +5-10 or what I call aerobic threshold. Still very much a fat burning state but more stressful on the structure (muscles and tendons) which can't be neglected... ever.

Thursday- 0 run. Full body lift (easy legs) with intense sandbag/ TRX. I am continually amazed at how much you can kick your own ass with the sandbag. I'll try to do a post with pictures on how to make a Bulgarian sandbag for strength training at home.

Friday- Am) 6 miles with 6 X 400 (at 8100ft altitude on a rolling road) in 75/77/72/71/75/68. Super happy, these felt quite controlled and relaxed with the exception of the 68".
            Pm) 10 mile tempo run in 1:16. 7:38 pace with 1800ft of vertical between 8100-9100ft altitude.

Saturday- 6.5 miles recovery. Tired.

Sunday- 0 Rest for tomorrow's quality and to prevent exceeding 45 miles.

 45 miles total.

 Today is either XC course intervals (grass, hills and mud) or pushing the 400's again... or an easy run if I feel tired. I'll get warmed up and call an audible according to how my body feels.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Leadman 2013 + HUGE congrats to Scott Jaime

Women's results:
1. Molly Johnson
2. Pamela Nielsen 49:36
3. Kt Desantis 50:10
4. Lisa Erikson 51:58

 Mens results:
1. Travis Macy 26:20 (new record by 1:25!)
Here's a great interview with Travis.
2. Bob Africa 36:57 (also under the old record)
3. Luke Jay 37:47 Solid solid race series and Luke capped it off with a stellar 100 run, like Travis it was his first!

 This year's race was crazy competitive and I think it will continue to bring studs out to test themselves.

 And Scott Jaime set an FKT on The Colorado Trail today!!! The man is a BOSS. Awesome work out there Scott! Someday I hope to have a beer (or 5) this guy.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Leadwomen top 3

KT Desantis
Marathon 5:04
SR50 bike- 5:22
Total: 10:26
 Went 52:12 and placed second at last years Leadwoman series so she knows what it takes here. She ran nearly 30:00 faster in the marathon and 30:00 faster in the SR50 races from last year. She's obviously buckled down and made some changes. This girl is strong and consistent. Definitely a favorite if she improves equally on the 100 bike and run.   

Molly Johnson
Marathon 5:17
SR50 bike- 5:12
Total: 10:31

Lisa Erikson
Marathon 5:27
SR50 run 10:30 (equivalent) 6:00
Total: 11:27
  She has the talent and drive to win this. If not this year, in the future for sure. She's a fighter and she's fearless... two things that I have mad respect for.
 1:01 behind KT and I suspect that KT will put even more time on Lisa in the 100 bike... but KT ran 29+ hours in the 100 last year. Lisa is capable of putting 3 hours in to her on that run. Lisa can take this.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Leadman 2013 Silver Rush 50

 Saturday was the Leadville Silver Rush 50 mile mountain bike and run...
My Leadkids rocked it again this week! Lisa was 2nd Leadwoman in the 50 run behind a girl who was caught cheating. All my 50 mile mountain bikers rode fast, safe and smart. Up next is the 100 mile mountain bike in 26 days. I'm super excited to get back out on the course for these guys and girls. They're really an amazing bunch of dedicated and just plain GOOD people.

A few pics from the weekend.

Shoe change means a chip change. We rocked it.
Photo: Rob Timko

Lisa... 2nd Leadchica at the 50 run.
Photo: Rob Timko

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Photo: Rob Timko

Photo: Rob Timko

Photo: Rob Timko

 I make every one of my cyclists carry a pink umbrella.
Photo: Michelle Vallejo

 Top 5 men at Leadman...

Travis Macy-
SR50- 4:07
Marathon- 3:38
Total- 7:45
 Clearly a total bad-ass. Travis rode 4:07 in the 50 bike which is just ridiculous. I talked to him and he said he struggled... if 4:07 is him struggling then if he feels even OK for the 100 bike he should ride in the ~7:30-7:45 range which will dominate any other Leadman. Mad huge respect.  

Marco Peinedo
SR50 run- 7:24 = 4:22
Marathon- 3:58
Total- 8:20
 Leadville local. DNF'd at the 100 run his first try. He has a demon which is only going to get bigger and meaner during Leadman. He chose to run the 50 so his conversion puts him at ~4:22. Strong runner but he's going to lose two hours or more to Travis in the 100 bike. He'll first need to finish the 100 run and then also run amazing to catch Travis. But I'm not even sure that "amazing" is good enough to catch Travis.

Bob Africa-
SR 50- 4:34
Marathon- 4:04
Total- 8:38
 Husband of Darcy who just crushed Hardrock. Solid marathon and solid 50 bike so the guy is an all around stud. He's run 21:33 at the Leadville 100 run. He bikes very well and has the Leadville 100 run big buckle so this guy is the real deal. A definite threat if Travis has a bad day.

Luke Jay-
SR50- 4:28
Marathon- 4:11
Total- 8:39
 Totally in the hunt. Solid cyclist obviously and his marathon was great. If he rides well in the 100 and then kills the run he'll be right there in August.

Donnie Haubert-
SR50- 4:54
Marathon- 4:11
Total- 9:05
 I talked to Donnie a couple times this weekend and it seemed like he struggled with the technical course of the 50... but the 100 bike ain't technical so I can see him riding much better (relatively) in the 100 bike. The kids got a big engine and he's best at the only event that matters... the 100 run. Another cool guy and he get's bonus points for sweet tats.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Leadman 2013

 Huge congrats to my Leadwoman and Leadman kids. I feel like they are my kids in a way. On race morning when the gun went off I had to watch them leave the nest and my job was done... it was up to them. And they all crushed it! Anywhere from 30:00 to 1:30 faster than their previous attempts. Great start... only 256 more miles to go. 

Over-all in the Leadman race:
 My quick Google stalking results and thoughts... 

1st- Travis Macy 3:38 Has never run a 100. 26th place in 7:15 at the 2011 Leadville 100 bike/ 1st place in 3:52 at the Leadville Silver Rush 50 MTB in 2010. Tons of experience and a professional. He'll race smart. Hell of a nice guy too. 

2nd- Marco Peinado 3:58 (-20:00 back) Leadville 100 run DNF.

3rd- Bob Africa 4:04 (-26:00) 21st place in 21:33 at the Leadville 100 in 2011.

4th- Luke Jay 4:11 (-33:00) Solid all around athlete. Adventure racer who trains with Travis Macy. 

5th- Donnie Haubert 4:12 (-34:00) Solid runner. A couple of Leadville 100 run finishes and a Hardrock finisher... nuff said. Experience and toughness matters at Leadman.

6th- Brian Oestrike 4:24 (-46:00) 28:42 at Leadville 100 run last year. Placed 2nd at the TARC 50 mile 3 weeks ago so he was tired. He summited Lhotse and is a crazy solid climber... so the guy has balls and is badass. I would guess he knows how to suffer for days which is useful here.

7th- Tim Long 4:25 (-47:00) The "danger man" in my mind. Even with out my bias, on paper he's the guy to beat. Easily the most experienced and smartest guy in the field. Too many solid results to list but he's a two time Hardrock finisher and he's ridden ultra mountain bike races with a broken rib and thumb... he's nails. 47:00 down but this is a guy that can put 5 hours on you in the 100 run. He's also one of the strongest and most experienced cyclists in Leadman. He can win if he doesn't do the Silver Rush 50 run (IMO) hint hint. He's run Leadville and he paced me twice for the last 50 miles of the 100... so he knows what to expect more than anyone in the field. Look for Tim to move in to second after the 50 and 100 bike. And then it's all about the 100 run and no one in the field has his CV... he's my pick to take it.