22 January 2011

4 Ways To Finish Your First 100 Mile Run

1.  Run consistently for two years

2.  Eat and drink during the race

3.  Set your pace for the entire race, not just the first 50 miles

4.  Get a "hired gun" to pace you for the entire 100 miles
Me pacing Tim W (him in orange) leaving Twin Lakes about mile 60 at Leadville 100 2010.  He ended up 6th overall in 19:19!

Number 4 is what I'll be doing at Vermont 100 this July; pacing a strong 63 year old runner in his first 100 mile race.  Being over 60, he's eligible for a pacer the entire distance but I went ahead and registered for the race myself, so I won't feel guilty utilizing all the aid station goodies AND will earn a 100 mile buckle!  We're shooting for sub 24 hours...

The down side is that I have to drop out of Tahoe Rim Trail 100 on July 8th, HOWEVER, I'm in the lottery for Hardrock... Dilemma.  TRT I can live without and do any year.  Hardrock is a race that doesn't suit my strengths but is an epic event that I want to be able to say, "Yeah, I did Hardrock.  It sucked.  I loved it."

Strangely, I'm comfortable with the notion of running Hardrock and then pacing at Vermont the next weekend.  TRT and then VT would be difficult because I'd be full throttle racing at TRT (read: beating the core of hell out of my body).  Hardrock, for someone like myself, is not as punishing.  Yes, it's beyond words harder than TRT but doesn't rip up muscle fibers and connective tissue like running solid over 100 miles.  Many folks would beg to differ but I know how badly I feel after a hard, runnable 50 miler.  Bear 100 was less punishing overall to my body than was Deadman Peaks 50 miler (54 miles actually).  Also, Vermont will be at John's pace, which, even at 24 hours is more of a mental test than physical test for my body.  Yeah, it's hard!  I'll be too busy focusing on John's vital stats (food intake, hydrating, electrolytes, pacing, effort, positive mental focus, perception...etc).  Focusing all my attention on Tim W. pacing him at Leadville for the last 50 miles took away most of the sissy cribbing (self whining) on my own aches and pain.  Accomplishing something for yourself is sweet but being a part of another person's journey and achievement is a fulfilling, rich satisfaction that you have to experience to understand.

Note:  After thinking about it, the likely scenario will be that I do the Bighorn 100 (June 18) in place of a possible Hardrock entry, thus giving 100% to my Vermont duties.

I also have an option to add ANOTHER event to my nutty schedule, just a 50k in April.  This year will be an adventure.

20 January 2011

5 Ways To Increase Traffic To Your Blog

1. Have a post title that is a short, numbered list of "how to..."
2. Write boring comments on others' blogs and include your blog url in the comment.
3. Troll around in some forums.
4. Use a bunch of "hot ticket" words in the body of posts ("hot babe", "sexy car", "Elvis", etc.).
5. Beg people to include your blog on their blog lists.

OR...

You could just write interesting things.

Tomorrow:  "4 Ways To Win A 100 Mile Running Event"

12 January 2011

The Common Suit of Thoughts

Time.  Structure.  Spiraling.  Creativity.  Order.  Pattern.  Paradigm.  Follow.  Coincidence.  Inward.  Outward.  Meeting.  Similarity.  Separation.  Individualism.  Inversion.  Solitude.  Solipsism (and "reverse solipsism", which another wacko [who's a visual artist now living in Chicago] and I coined and developed late one night in college).

This is an exercise I've used since I was eight.  Of course the words and meanings have evolved over time.  It's the way I keep language and words corralled in my mind and invite new ones in.  It's a way to break writer's block.  It's a way to process new information.  It's a way to stretch the mostly linear routine of daily life.  Walt Whitman would spiral thoughts from particular, microscopic views to expansive, infinitival journeys, then back to the particular (particle-istic).

Try the exercise (game).  Start with a word and then add words that come to mind, then think about the "common suit" of the words.  Think about where your mind was before you began.  Where did your thoughts go during the exercise.  What are you thinking when you finish?  Have your thoughts spiraled from the mundane outward to another time, forward and backward, and then back to now, what you're doing now?

The now.

So, got out with GZ yesterday for a bitterly cold run along Boulder Creek Path, beginning at the eastern end at Arapahoe and turning around at the mountains and back.  Good effort for me.  Happy to get together with George so early in the year and hope we get to run together more regularly.  I added on a bit at home, mostly just to loosen up since I just hopped in the car right when we finished the run.  I couldn't feel my hands or face until after I took a hot shower.  McDavid sent me a new recovery suit (tights and shirt) that they designed and hand made just for me to try, so I put them on last night and wrote some feedback on fit and the graduated compression and where the stitching placement might work better.  Overall, I like the new design and fit of the recovery tights and am looking forward to the new calf sleeves they're working on next!

Bit of a scratchy throat and minor cold the last couple days and the frigid air while running doesn't help.  I'm looking forward to the PP50k this Saturday to test where I am in my training.  I want to hit the Cool Trail Run 50k (34 miler) on Feb 12 firing on all cylinders and am giddy about racing again.

Dropped back off of facebook.  I found it more aggravating than entertaining.  So, if you notice I'm not your friend any longer, have no fear.  We're still friends.  We just don't share our boring, daily rituals with one another for the rest of the world to see.

02 January 2011

"Hello, Mr. Scorsese?"

So, up at 530am on a Sunday morning to head over to Denver for a live segment on Channel 9 with Jennifer Ryan.  Got there early and just sort of hung out looking around the sets and stressing about doing something stupid on air (like developing turrets syndrome or something).

Jen was fun to be around and made it much easier.  I can talk in front of a room full of people but stick a camera in my face and, "uh, duh, mmm..."

It was all over faster than yanking a tooth out and I actually wished it would've lasted longer.

Afterward, I met Scott down where the rich folks live and we had a nice run of (I'm guessing) around 10 miles at most.  The most exciting part of the conversation was Scott mentioning we should run the FKT (fastest known time for readers like my mom) on the 66 mile High Line Canal Trail.  I was just thinking the exact same thing two days ago when we planned to meet.

Anywho, without further adieu, here's the segment (my part starts at about the 4 min mark):