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Blackfoot Ultra Recap

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Welcome back to the end of the internet.  I appreciate you taking the time to read this (instead of the shampoo bottle, or toilet paper packaging).  The following is a dramatic retelling of the events leading up to, and on, Saturday, May 27th, 2017.  Buckle up folks!

If you've read my last few posts, you know that the Blackfoot 100K was the end of my 3 race, 24 days of stupidity adventure, including the Evergreen Trail Trek Marathon, The Orcas Island 50 miler, and the Blackfoot Ultra.  Yes, I am not a smart man. So we will just say, I was not the freshest, sexiest version of myself going into this.
The Blackfoot and I go back to 2013, when a much more....Robust? version of myself bowed out at km 65.  This year, a much smaller version of that man wanted revenge, more than that silly rabbit wanted Trix.  I go into every race with multiple goals, ranging from my 'A' goal through to 'just finish the darn thing singing!'.  My 'A' goal was a sub 11 hour finish, …

Orcas Island 50 miler recap

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On May 10th I began my journey to Orcas Island in Washington State.  It had been a week since my second place finish at the Evergreen Trail Trek Marathon in Grande Prairie, and I was riding pretty high.  My legs had mostly recovered from the previous week, and my resting heart rate had almost returned to normal.  The only thing still bugging me was my hamstrings, and it wasn't bad, I was just 'aware' they existed and weren't happy with me.  In the 10 days between races, I ran about 60miles, mostly slow, with minimal elevation gain (maybe 2000ft for the week).

We checked into the beautiful Rosario Hotel on the Thursday afternoon, just in time for the wind and the rain (Pacific Northwest for the win?).  This weather pattern more or less continued for the next 48 hours, which I'm told was part of a larger 8 monthes of continuous rain this area enjoys.  For anyone who knows me, I'm pretty vocal about being a skinny dude that chills easy.  Rain and cold are my mort…

Evergreen Trail Trek Race Review

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The Evergreen Trail Trek is an evening trail marathon in the city of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

As I start, I'd like to say that I do NOT train for the full marathon distance.  I train for Ultra distances, and the race style is very different.  Ultras are run much slower, with a point to avoid 'red lining' (running at peak heart rate).  Marathons are much quicker!

This race began and ended at a horse race track, consisting of two half marathon loops.

The first 1.5 miles was run on ATV trails and dirt road.  I came out running a 6 minute mile pace as this terrain is not difficult, and kind of my bread and butter next to insane inclines.  I started in first, and kept it until the last 3 miles.  I'd like to add the first place guy followed directly behind me the entire first 23 miles (strategically smart) so this was an epic battle.

After the first 1.5miles, we hit the trails.  Basically sand hills that were relentless. The elevation profile looked flat..ish.  It …