Posts

Redstreak Mountain Scramble

Image
After some time away from writing, and running due to injury, I decided my comeback should be something epic.  In 2016, I took my wife on a misadventure, that turned into what I would later learn is the saddle of Redstreak mountain.  We were not prepared for a long day, and it was very hot out, and did not have enough water or food for a 10+ hour day of hiking.  It was the first time I've been turned back on a mountain in a long time.  It stuck with me.

Queue two years later.  The failure of 2016 has hung around me like a fog.  I've climbed countless mountains, and ran countless trail ultramarathons.  I have not been back to avenge my failure....until now.

The following is a trail guide for Redstreak Mountain, and may not be suitable for all viewers.  Viewer discretion is advised.


 It was a balmy Tuesday night, when my buddy Tom and I decided to head out to Radium to climb Redstreak.  We'd been preparing for a while, by reading both of the trail reports online (A whole t…

Let's Get Dizzy: Pulse Endurance Race

Image
So this winter I'd been doing a lot of treadmill running (like A LOT of treadmill running).  I had developed several solid overuse injuries over the last season, and needed to let those heal while still stretching the legs.  Nothing does this better (or is more mind numbing) than a 60k on the treadmill.  Over the course of these countless hours binge watching Netflix while jogging on the hamster wheel, I decided I wanted to try a timed event, looped course.  This would give me a chance to get an early season 100 mile out of the way, and make sure my body was ready for another summer of suffering.

I selected the Pulse Endurance Run near Boise, Idaho.  It was a short 13 hour drive from where I live in Fernie, Britsh Columbia, and coincided nicely with some banked holidays I had to use or lose.  I signed up for the 48 hour event to make sure I would have enough time to get my miles in, packed my SUV with a bed and all the gear you would ever need for a Spring run, and headed out.


Yo…

The Carnivore Diet weeks 2&3

Greetings from the end of the internet!  If you'd like to find my first week write up, click HERE.  Or to find out why I'm attempting this diet, click HERE.

If you're reading this, I'll assume you are probably in the bathroom.  And, if you're on the carnivore diet, this probably happens once a week, and lasts for two hours, or happens every two hours (turns out constipation, and diarrhea are both side effects...who knew?).  I'll keep this quick.

After week one, I felt okay. I was on a rest week from training, and the lack of energy could pass and I'd be fine.  I also didn't need that much energy to continue at real life without any serious running.  Then......my big training block week hit.  It would be a 200km week of running.  I knew I'd have to increase calorie consumption.  I'd bought a lot of rib eye and pork chops.  I was ready, or so I thought.

The Sunday began with a 12.5km hill repeat workout.  I felt good, and it wasn't going to be…

Carnivore Diet week 1: Death to vegetables

Image
A week ago I began a four week plan to test out the Carnivore diet.  (The backstory can be found here).  This week was the perfect week to begin the experiment, as I was recovering from a 100 kilometer trail run (you can read about here) so my training block would be small and I could deal with the lack of carbs like a normal person...sleep and cry!

Before I begin, I need to mention there is no universal agreement on what is included in this diet.  Some people drink coffee, because it's good, others wont touch it as it came from a plant.  Some have high fat dairy (cream and cheese). Some even use honey (is it bee milk/poop, or is it a plant product? But cows eat grass...does that mean beef is a vegetable byproduct....am I going on a salad diet!!!  I digress).  Diets are like religions, everyone knows the correct way to do it, and everyone else is wrong. I'm setting out to keep it a little more chill, like everyone starting a new diet does.

Here we go.

Day 1
I finished my run t…

Mighty Quail Trail 100K

Image
'If it was easy, everyone would do it.  If it was fun, more people would do it.' -Thomas Coveney, English philosopher, kilometer 71 of the Mighty Quail 100K

It was probably August 13.  I was sitting in my chair, reclining after a successful Canadian Death Race, when a text message appeared on my phone.  It was from my buddy Tom Coveney.  It simply asked 'do you have any September races planned'?  I had the Lost Souls 100 miler at the beginning of the month, but then a 7 week break before Javalina in October.  I was intrigued, so Tom sent me the link to The Mighty Quail Trail.

Tom and I have a race history.  He has a knack for picking great (terribly awful/no one needed to ever run them) races, and earlier in the year got me to do Diez Vista 100k with him (great 50k loop, doing it twice?? That amounts to torture).  The Quail Trail was going to be much nicer, better scenery, hopefully not pouring rain, and....free beer at the end!!  Because I wanted to run an even 15 ul…