2014 Season Plans
This is my first blog post in a long time. What can I say? After Leadville in 2011 my wife and I decided it was time to get back to the mountains we both love. I found a job with a new employer and we moved back to Reno in October of 2011. Since then I’ve doubled down on the ultra-training. It got busy and this fell by the wayside.
I’m still working with Paul Dewitt (2003 and 2004 Leadville 100 champion) and I’ve started to see some good results. Training for ultra-marathons is really a long-term prospect. You just can’t build significant endurance overnight. That being said, last year was one of my best with multiple 50 mile and 50 km finishes, as well as an incredible double crossing of the Grand Canyon in 13 hours. I even managed to take 41st overall at the TRT 50 miler last year in some brutal hot conditions. I made an attempt my third Leadville buckle but had a string of unfortunate issues during the race and ended up dropping at mile 75. I am stoked to be starting a new year!
It’s been three years since I’ve last run for the Children’s Tumor Foundation as well. You can go here (http://ctf.kintera.org/nfechooseyourownevent2014/appert) to donate to my fundraising efforts if you’d like to support a great cause. Really, every little bit helps so if you can spare $5 I would really appreciate it. This year the goal race is the Tahoe 200 mile run. This run starts and finishes in Incline Village, Nevada and is mostly single track trail through the Sierra Nevada mountains. I’ll have to climb about 40,000 feet and I have 100 hours to finish. It is running time meaning that the clock doesn’t stop if I stop to sleep. It should be awesome!
Here is the race schedule leading up to the Tahoe 200 to get me ready for the race (I may drop some of the marathons and just do long runs at home):
Feb 1: Death Valley Marathon, Death Valley, CA
-This race sounds tough but it is really just an out and back on the road to Stovepipe Springs from Furnace creek.
Feb 22: Fourmidable 50k, Auburn, CA
-Really tough 32 mile race all around the American River Canyon in California. The name comes from the four big climbs during the race.
March 22: Modesto Marathon, Modesto, CA
-Just a regular road marathon to keep the legs from getting slow.
April 4th: Zion 100km, Virgin, UT
-Really tough 64 mile course near Zion National Park in Utah. The trails are supposed to be super technical. Should be fun!
May 5th: Salton Sea Run (81m), Salton Sea, CA
-This is a tough, almost all uphill, team run in CA. I will be running this with two friends. This is not a relay! We have to stay together the whole race.
May 17th: Silver State 50m, Reno, NV
-Super hilly hometown race. John Trent does an amazing job as the RD for this run. You start in the city of Reno, run up and over Peavine Mountain, do a big loop through California and then head back down to Reno.
June 14th: Bryce Canyon 50m, St Georges, UT
-A whole group of runners I know are heading out to Utah for this race. Should be a lot of fun.
July 19th: Tahoe Rim Trail 50m, Carson City, NV
-This will be my 5th time running this event. I love it! Their tagline is “A glimpse of heaven, a taste of hell” and it’s accurate. The scenery is amazing but the course is brutal tough with 12,000 feet of climbing at altitudes up to 9,000 feet.
Aug 2nd: Canadian Death Race 125km, Grand Cache, Alberta, CA
-This is a Western States qualifier so I’m stoked for it! The race is about 77 miles and has 17,000 feet of climbing.
Sep 4th: Tahoe 200 Mile Endurance Run, Incline Village, NV
-This is the main event! I’m excited for this run! It is on the trails I train on and it will be incredibly tough but also amazingly beautiful!