Strength Training Survival Tactics

I am new to this whole ultra running thing, I’m even a little hesitant to call myself an ultra runner, yet. But I have learned one thing that I’m kind of loving. Apparently in ultra running (and maybe every other form of running?) there is an “off season”. A time to recoup from training plans, a time to run for fun or not at all, a time to eat an entire sheet cake because you’re a runner (maybe not a valid excuse, but I’d accept it) and a time to ramp up for the next onslaught of long training weeks, high mileage runs and “goal races”. In the past I’ve never really proclaimed an off season and I probably haven’t exactly earned this off season but that doesn’t mean I’m not avoiding anything remotely similar to a training plan while … [Click Here For the Full Story]

A Perfect Mix

This week will be the first week in many months that I’ve actually had a legitimate work week. You know, the standard kind where you go to work for 8+ hours a day for 5 days a week. My first one in months. I’m loving the “in months” part of that, not exactly head over heels for the week ahead of me. I’ve been blessed but now its time for the reality of adult life to kick in. Obviously this isn’t exactly part of the perfect mix… My perfect mix is a lot more fun than working and this past week I managed to get a little bit of everything Colorado has to offer in December. Backcountry powder. Corduroy runs. Rolling trails. Gorgeous sunsets. Incredible people. Cuddly cat. Splitboarding at Butler Gulch Early morning riding at Keystone Sunny trail runs … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Backcountry: Our First Time Skinning

A few months ago we purchased two Voile splitboards at a killer discount on The Clymb then spent another month researching all the other gear we’d need – skins, bindings, beacons, shovels, probes, trekking poles, etc. Uh, there is a lot that goes into splitboarding. With in-bounds/resort boarding you simply screw a pair of bindings to a board and you’re off. With splitboarding you have to pick out skins and potentially bindings. The skins need to be trimmed to fit your board which is nerve wrecking – I cut up $175 strips of sticky plush with the equivalent of a letter opener! Next you have to decide if you’re spending more money on splitboard specific bindings or if you’re going to rig up your in-bounds bindings to work. We did the latter. They work fine. Yea, this was all a … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Risking It – Weekend Snowboarding {Keystone}

Yesterday we decided to risk it…we made the drive up to Summit County on a Sunday. If you have ever driven into the mountains on a weekend you know exactly why we’ve been avoiding this for the past two years. Weekend traffic – combined with weekend lift lines – can be absolutely horrible! We figured an early start to the day during the early season would give us an advantage. Turns out this tactic worked out pretty darn well for us! We met Lynne at the Dino Lots at 7:15am and were parked at Keystone by 8:30am. Probably the earliest I’ve ever been in a resort parking lot! Cupcake! And the backside of Keystone…with SNOW! Turns out front row parking and perfectly groomed trails aren’t the only perk to arriving before the lifts start – Keystone was giving out cupcakes! … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Snowboarding…in October

This post is going to be a prime example of how NOT to humble brag…I’m just straight up bragging, nothing humble is going on here! Its October, we went snowboarding and we took photos just so we could tell the world how cool Colorado is! Somewhere under my layers is my beloved Columbia mid-weight baselayer. Seriously love that thing! The snow wasn’t perfect and the resort was barely open – only 4 worthy runs open – but we were decked out in our gear and strapped to our snowboards well before Thanksgiving! We went to Arapahoe Basin and they have actually been open since October 13th but we finally found the time to head up this past Monday. Its weird to think about snowboarding when Denver is still toasty warm…or randomly rainy. When we were at ABasin it was sunny … [Click Here For the Full Story]