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Running Towards Uncertainty: Leadville 100

“One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.” ~ Henry Ford This summer, I embarked on an attempt to complete the Grand Slam of Ultra Running: 1) Western States 100, 2) Vermont 100, 3) Leadville 100, and 4) Wasatch 100. I made it 40 miles into[…]

Living Dreams: 2017 Western States 100 Race Report

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~ John Muir I lived one of my long-time dreams as I climbed the snowy[…]

Be A Diesel: On the Eve of the Western States Endurance Run

As I sit here in the “before time,” just a few days before my first Western States 100, my thoughts and feelings are somewhat in a state of disarray. On the one hand, I have sincere and deep gratitude for being able to move about the earth under my own power. On the other hand, I can’t[…]

Take 3: Vermont 100 Race Report

“A teachable spirit and a humbleness to admit your ignorance or mistake will save you a lot of pain. However, if you’re a person who knows it all, you’ve got a lot of heavy-hearted experiences coming your way” ~ Ron Carpenter Jr.  This race report begins with my preparation for the race and learning from the mistakes[…]

Go Back a Little to Leap Further: Infinitus Not Quite 72

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever met someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” ~Chris Hardwick  Let me start my[…]

The Right Mental Attitude: 2015 Florida Double Anvil Race Report

  We arrived in Tampa, Florida for the USA Ultra Triathlon Florida Double Anvil on Wednesday, March 4th. My parents were already checked in to the hotel and in our room they had left a card, which read: “May the sun bring you new energy by day,  May the moon softly restore you by night, […]

Endless Reserves: Florida Double Ironman (Anvil) Race Report

Twenty-seven athletes, representing 6 different countries, started the Florida Double Ironman (Anvil) Triathlon. Twenty-two of those athletes finished within the 36 hour time limit. With the support of my crew – Maria, my parents, and sister-in-law Tiffany – I was among those 22 athletes to cross the finish line after a 4.8 mile swim, a 224[…]

Peaks Ultra 50 Race Report: Hardest Race Yet

Saturday morning, I woke up at 3:25 a.m. to the glare of headlights as athletes began arriving for the Peaks Ultra Challenge in Pittsfield, Vermont. The back of our Subaru was my makeshift hotel for the previous night. I had dropped Maria off in Lake Placid so she could get her training in, and then[…]

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