Zion Canyon 2011

Zion Canyon 2011
Zion Revisited 2011

How To Approach an Ultra or Ironman

Jordan Rapp quote sums it up!

This Jordan Rapp quote sums it up.
"It's about the process. It doesn't matter what you do tomorrow and it doesn't matter what you did yesterday. It's about today, and making today count. That's especially true in training, but it's the same mentality that I carry into racing. Focus on the task at hand, not on the finish line, or the next part of the race, but what it is that is right there in front of you in the moment."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

That's Better. And West Coast Observations.

 Well I am now up to 56K running in January, and starting to feel stronger out there. We even fit in a bike ride and a couple of swims. I have a couple of new routes, I used Map My Run to see the elevation and distance.Ignore the times, I start the thing up and then remember something I forgot and don't start running for a while. Mostly I'm running 5:30-6minute K's, can't push it just yet.
This is a double loop, I thought it was about 10k. Turns out it's 8k. DOH.

This is the "Dave's Lookout run. I figured it was about 10k. It's 8.67K. DOH.

Elevation for the double loop. I figured it would look like this.

Elevation for Dave's Lookout. Remember, these are meters people. I think that's about 1,000 ft in regular measurements, but I'm a little rusty on converting. But it sure felt like more than that....
 So, I have already set 2 FKT's out here. An FKT is a "Fastest Known Time". My two are
1) 49:50- My front door to Dave's Lookout, back to Andover,out the Golf Club Road, past the mailbox and home.
2) 46:28- My front door to Fairwinds, Double Loop-past the mailbox and home. That one might stand for a while.

Some observations from our 2+ months out here on the "Left Coast". I always thought this was where all the Hippies retired, but I was wrong. There are old Hippies here, but they seem to be on the smaller surounding "Gulf Islands", such as Saltspring and Hornby Islands.
Other things;
People here are really friendly, even the people who work in the stores and restaurants. Even the people at the Post Office.That still surprises us. Kinda like being in Tennessee, without the accents.
 A lot of people here burn their garbage. The whole household garbage/recycling shtick is so convoluted that people here just burn stuff. Especially "Up Island", which is anywhere north of Victoria.
 Nobody picks up their dog's poop. It is everywhere. Watch your step! In fairness, they do let their dogs drive them home from parties.
 People here say "Hey", instead of the standard Canadian "Eh". i.e.-"It's pretty cold out, hey"?
 Drugstores here are huge and you can buy anything in them.They're like a Best Buy,Shoppers Drug Mart and Zellers rolled into one.
 It's been 6˚C almost every day this month.That's pretty normal for January.

How did he work the stick without an opposable thumb?
   Soooooo, two good weeks of running, we are definitely looking for some races on the Island, but it looks like me might hafta hit the mainland for an Ultra. Gary Robbins has one in Squamish.  He just set a course record at the 100 mile H.U.R.T. in Hawaii, and he's from Newfoundland. Hey, maybe Ellie Greenwood and Tracy Garneau will be there?I know someone famous who will be running, Dora, who was recently featured in Canadian Running Magazine because of her strange "Caveman" diet.Pages 62-63.
  Or maybe I should just try to get to February without hurting myself.
People Shop In Scooters. This one is rain-proofed.


  1. i want a scooter !!!

    stoopid digger!!!

  2. That is a sweet scooter, I must admit. There's a healthy resale market here for when the owners die....