Monthly Archives: October 2008

Trying to get back at it, and various inspirations

Hi, everyone!


Long time no blog, it seems!

Quite a bit has happened here in the past while, so I’ll try to catch you up.

In early October, I was doing pretty well fitness-wise. I was getting in quite a bit of bike time, some good runs, etc. I then went out of town for 11 days, and despite exercising 8 of the days, it just wasn’t with the same intensity or volume, and while eating out often, and in a social setting, I actually gained 4 pounds from my 20 year low of 176, so I have been trying to get back at it seriously this week.

On Wednesday, I did perhaps the most difficult ride I have ever done, as I did the ride to Lakeview and back at a pretty brisk pace: 42 miles, 11,500 vertical feet in 4:07, which is 42 minutes faster than we did it earlier this summer. For those of you who haven’t got to experience this little gem, it’s just a darn difficult ride. The way back is pretty tough, with about 13 of the 21 miles uphill, including about 10 in a row.

My kness were a bit sore after, and Jeni thinks I might have a bit of suprapatellar bursitis, but I survived.

Today it was running’s turn, and I set my goals on getting in a long, steady run: I ended up doing an entire 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) in 1:57, or slightly under 9:00 minute miles, which with the three good hills isn’t too bad. I felt pretty good, and I’m prety sure I could have made an entire 26.2 if I had to.

I’ve been reading some great, inspirational books lately as well, starting with “Ultramarathon Man,” which Andy gave me. It’s a GREAT read, and has maybe started a bit of a bug in me… the author, Dean Karnazes is an AMAZING athlete, and the read is quick and compelling.

The next book in my stack happened to be Lance Armstrong’s book “Every Second Counts,” the followup to his best selling “It’s not about the bike.” I’m only a 3rd of the way into it, but it’s great! Very motivational, very inspiring, and a great look at the psyche of one of the most amazing athletes ever.

Both books have inspired me to “get up off my ass,” so to speak, and really dedicate myself to achieving my goals.

Other news…

Adventure Week is a Go!!

We did have to change the date to not conflict with Primal Quest, so we are now going to be on June 5 – 14, 2009. With that decided, we’re going to be moving forward at full speed! Todd is coming up next week to see some of the course, and I have the new TOPO software for maps.

Other big news:

For months now, I have been contemplating creating an “Adventure Academy” where folks can come out and learn some outdoor skills, whether its AR, or fishing, mountain biking, camping, etc, and I’ve decided to go for it!

“The Adventurous Life” will be up and operational (with any luck and a bit of investment dollars!) by summer 09. Hopefully, some or all of you will be available to be guides and instructors. I also hope to have a “Master Staff” of real experts such as Thomas, Don Mann, Ian Adamson etc to do a few weeks and teach US a bit more as well.

I’ll get more info out to all of you, but I’m hoping this will give us a chance to maybe make a few dollars by doing what we love.

Hope all is going well with you, and I’d love to hear how training is going… please post if you get a chance!

Best to all, and there may be a few other little tidbits of news in the next couple of weeks… 🙂



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the Sahara Race begins

DEAN KARNAZES is in 3rd place as I write. He’s attempting to finish all 4 Deserts in one year:

Gobi March
Atacama Crossing (which he won)
Sahara Race
Last Desert (Antarctica)

The best link is an interview with Dean before the start of the Sahara. If he survives this one, he’s only got Antarctica left on the calendar.

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Touching the Void – Mt Adams

On Rick’s hiking blog: found alive on Mt Adams

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

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music is a legal drug

Karageorghis says that listening to music while running may not only improve their outlook on exercise, but even improve endurance levels by more than 15 percent. He is about to publish his findings in the US Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, detailing how he found that when listening to tracks from Madonna to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, most runners found the exercise more pleasurable than usual, even those on the verge of collapsing on the treadmill. In general, they ran further and for longer.

“Think of music as a legal drug,” Karageorghis explains …

A Trail Runner’s Blog

Product Idea – The Mountain Hardwear© T-Shirt with iPod Headphone Cord Guides

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A great, chilly workout!

First of all, thanks to Rick for his work in developing the “new look” for our site! It looks very professional! Great job, Rick!

With winter definitely in the air, Jeni and Dave took advantage of a clear afternoon to go out and hammer up a few hills.

We left FARTquarters at about 1:30, with a long workout planned, and a few extra layers on our backpacks… it was about 43 degrees when we left, and we knew it would be a bit cooler up on top of the mountains. It has been hanging around 10 or 15 degrees cooler than normal this past week, and with darkness coming at about 6:00, it was a concern.

We headed up for Chilco, and practiced our towing up the mountain. Jeni hadn’t had much chance for any long rides in the past couple of weeks, and we were both starting back in on developing our aerobic base again, so while we kept the pace solid, but weren’t trying to set any records. I think she had “forgotten” how “fun” the first 7 miles up the hill are!

One of the interesting things we discovered is that there are both good and bad about knowing a good climb well: The good news is you know what’s coming, the bad is, yes, you guessed it; you know what’s coming, and the mountain never seems to get any shorter.

Once over the top, we raced down the far side to the Chilco trailhead, parked the bikes, unhooked our trekking poles and “jiked” up to the North Chilco summit; about 2 miles stright up. We made great time up, actually running longer and steeper portions than in the past. The method of bungeeing our poles to our bike cross bars is great, and will become a “mandatory” technique for racing next year, I think… they make such a difference on the hills, and by using the bike instead of a pack, they don’t take up space or time.

We paused briefly at the top for a quick snack and to enjoy the marvelous scenery (Rick has photos posted of our hike up there earlier this summer) and headed down. The temp was in the mid 30s, I would say, as all of the puddles along the way were frozen over! If there had been any rain, it for sure would have been snow.

We headed back up to the Chilco saddle, and then hit the Bernard Peak road, climbing up for an additional 45 minutes or so, including the first hill, which is a monster.

After summitting both peaks, we headed down on the Bernard Peak single track as the sun started to dip to the horizon.

Now, it really started getting chilly, and Jeni was pretty happy Dave had thrown in an extra pair of ski gloves in his pack! The temp was probably about 29 or 30.

This track is NARROW, being maybe 12 inches wide in spots, with the mountain on one side, and the cliff on the other, and the descent wasn’t without incident: Jeni took her first ever “header” as her bike hit a root and stopped dead, launching her over the top onto (luckliy!) a pine needle-covered, soft part of the path.

Not to be outdone, Dave hit a tight switchback, was leaning the wrong way, tried to step on a log to save himself, didn’t, and flipped off sideways, down a hill, into a creek, landing, with some authority, on a couple of logs on his back and head, bike on top. It was actually fairly fortuitious that I was wearing a pack, which certainly cushioned the blow, and a helmet, as my head hit one of the trees with an audible thunk.

After climbing back out of the ditch, we finished our trek, arriving back exactly as darkness hit! Perfect timing!

We sat in a (very hot!) hottub to relax, had some dinner and hit the hay.

Sunday morning dawned clear and “brisk,” to say the least: it was about 22 degrees at breakfast. It warmed up to about 30 or so, and we headed out to run the Loop, and then finished it up by biking the Loop right after.

All in all, it was an enjoyable couple of workouts, and we’re looking forward to the weather warming up a bit later this week back in to the 60s, which is normal, so we can get a couple more good days in before the snow flies.

Hope everyone is getting in some quality time, no matter how small, and enjoying the autumn. Keep it up, everyone! I’d love to see how you’re doing, so please take a moment and post what you’re doing… it’s motivational for all of us!

Good Training to all!

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new look for the site

Recognize the photos of the team in the new header?

Here’s the OLD header photo for the historical record:

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7-12 days of 18hrs paddling

The Adventure Blog linked to a new long distance river race.

I’ve always wanted to do the comparatively easy Whitehorse to Dawson “float”.

Lake Labarge

Lake Labarge

Do you really want to do this? Whitehorse to the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton Highway

1000 Miles / 1600 Km

7 to 12 days of 18 hours solid paddling

At least one member from each team must have completed the Yukon River Quest, or have equivalent adventure racing and wilderness experience, to be eligible to enter this race.


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