Whatever it takes

  In Newtonian mechanics, momentum can be defined as the product of the mass and velocity of an object. Another definition that sometimes underlies my search for motivation after a period of time off from the run is “the impetus gained by an object in motion”. The search for motivation I sometimes wring hands over…

September Rising – Tahoe 200 and the dissolution of vex

…out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men as sea and sky surround and sustain a ship. The shock of the real. For a little while we are again able to see, as the child sees, a…

On Going Low to Get High, Tahoe 200

“The mountains plunge into the earth and reach into the sky. Endurance is never a linear decline. Endurance is trusting that a high will follow your low. Endurance is wisdom, too, that your high is temporary.”  Jen Shelton, about her adventure on the Sierra High Route “Hey, want a beer?”. Her high pitched slightly slurred…

The Monster is Inside of Us. Tahoe 200

“Stick them with the pointy end” was the actual phrase that popped into my head while climbing up and out of Homeward Ski Resort and the start of one of the most difficult foot races in the U.S. – an epic 200 mile journey over rocky mountains bordering the beautiful deep blue glacial waters of…

Skypilot And the Wild Kingdom – A Mt. Whitney Day Hike

Why not? Jim is an engineer at one of the companies I put in a lot of time at. About a month ago he asked about my past experience climbing Mt. Whitney, which I tackled 24 years ago with a good friend. Excited to share stories of time spent and the challenge of higher elevation, we…

The Road To Higher Ground – Bishop High Sierra 100K

AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE One of the things I enjoy about endurance racing is putting myself through the emotional ringer, almost in complete self-deprecation…overcoming the second-guessing and nagging self-doubt, even lamenting the outcome before race day. When things go normally, meaning life just drops your silly meticulous plans in the shredder, it just seems natural to fret. That’s…

Rio Del Lago 100.

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” – John Muir It started off innocently enough. I signed up for RDL100 after my epic fail at States just to qualify for next year’s lottery and to try to get…

23 Miles To ALT – WS100

  A manifesto. I will admit to anyone who bothers to listen that I romanticize running. I am a loudmouth about it. When I first discovered the concept, it was amazing. I wanted to shout – “hey! I ran four miles, this is incredible!”, before four became eight, and so on. If faith can be…

Come ICE and FIRE. Western States 100

“What they had done, what they had seen, heard, felt, feared – the places, the sounds, the colors, the cold, the darkness, the emptiness, the bleakness, the beauty. ‘Til they died, this stream of memory would set them apart, if imperceptibly to anyone but themselves, from everyone else. For they had crossed the mountains… “  …