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    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Like a bad habit I keep coming back after falling off the wagon

    Too long since my last post. To make a very long story short - moved to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania with my family, been traveling all over Africa, and just now slowing down to get back to blogging.

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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    Wednesday, May 12, 2010


    Another crosswind,
    Pushing against the front wheel,
    Singing my Spokesong

    The tinny whistling,
    Background for murmuring tires,
    Free range symphony

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Stolen bike and searching for a new one

    Sadly, my 2008 Novara Safari was stolen from the Franconia Metro Station here in DC. I am pretty bummed because it was a great bike and the new Safaris are nothing like previous editions. I am not fully consumed by my search for a new bike.

    Right now the front runner is the new version of the Safari but the Surly Long Haul Trucker is a close second. Either way both bikes will require several hundred dollars in retrofits to meet my standards.

    Here is a great video on the current 2009 Novara Safari.

    Friday, May 7, 2010

    Trail Race Report 24 Hr Adventure Trail Race

    It is done. Thankfully. The 24hr race was definitely a physical challenge. I took third place with 72 miles in 22:32:32 - not bad for an early season race. Athletic Equations, the race promotion company, put on an excellent event and I highly recommend any of their other events - an 8 and 12hr trail race to round out for a nice three race ultra-series. The volunteers were some of the best ever.

    The day started chilly at 7 am. I ran the first lap in my sleeves, my first two laps of eight miles were at 1:44 and 1:47 respectively. The weather was perfect early-on and I cruised the first 24 miles. However by early afternoon the humidity and heat were climbing. My watch topped out at 96 degrees. I lost my stomach for a while and about the time the sun was going down I started to feel solid again just in time for the night racing. I went through 48 miles in 12 hours, moving conservatively.

    Nightfall found me moving a bit slower, my laps were 2:00 to 2:45. While my feet held up very well and my legs were strong I had a chafed spot on my inside upper right thigh that let me know it was there with every step. My friend, Mike, came out and paced me one lap from 8-10pm. It was great to have the company.

    I ran two strong laps during the night and then at around 2:30am I caught my friend Bob in the aid station. Hot salty ramen was delicious! We turned a lap together in 2:45 and then both of us ended our races. I really wanted to go the next four miles but I would not have made it before the cut-off of 7am and my miles would not have counted.

    Amazingly I finished 3d in the men's race and fourth overall (the women's race winner finished 76 miles)! I didn't even know until my friend called me at home because I had left right at 7am.

    Thanks again Scott and Alex at Athletic Equations, the great volunteers, and the superb competitors.

    Thursday, April 29, 2010

    24 hour Adventure Trail Run Preview

    To cap off my early 2010 running season I am solo-running a 24 hour ultramarathon. The 24-hour Adventure Trail Run is held within the Prince William Forest Park, located just outside Washington DC. The course is in a National Park of rolling hills, 8.0 miles per loop with approximately 700+ feet gain/loss per lap. There will be plenty of roots and rocks on the trail, but generally this is single track adventure trail run with approximately 0.75 miles on a hard packed dirt road.

    Although I am a little undertrained in-terms of raw mileage in my long runs I am good at suffering. My goal is 100 miles in 24 hours, a very reasonable one. If I make this distance it will be a new PR in terms of distance ran during a single race for me.

    I am running this race because I can; in meaning that there are a lot of people who cannot be at the starting line of such an event and I push myself to excel because of them. I LiveStrong for my grandfather, John McLean, my grandmother, June Nicholson, my Aunt Joy, my Aunt Grace, my Uncle Terry, my friend Captain Raul Medrano, and Pat Ray, all close friends and family who have survived cancer. I am also running in memory of my friends who have been killed: Captain Russell Rippetoe, Captain Jason Galus, Captain Paul Minor, and Sergeant First Class Dan Scheibner. All of whom I served closely with in different units during my military career. I run for each and every one of them...