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June

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Sierra to the Sea

Kudos to the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) for hosting the 30th Annual Sierra to the Sea Bike Tour this past week—a 450 mile/7-day ride across our beautiful state. About 120 riders plus staff enjoyed an impressive 7-day route from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco on some of the most scenic and historic backroads our state has on offer. Each day of tough riding wound through little known towns, up memorable climbs and with views that remind us why we spend so much money to live in this state. I felt giddy, like a kid at Christmas each time we headed down yet another stretch of backroad I had never ridden. After sitting in a frigid river or swimming […]

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Category: Adventure

29

July

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Ocean to Mountains to Ocean—Quickly

After helping some open water swimmers get psyched about the ocean on Saturday, I headed up for a quick/big hike in Yosemite. Leaving the Valley early morning I headed up the John Muir Trail to top out in the afternoon in Tuolumne Meadows. I loved the huge/tough push, the heady granite visuals and pristine mountain lakes. Rugged hiking up high never gets easier—given that I have not been doing much hiking specifically, I could really feel the effort in my feet about 6 hours in. Yet the allure for it all just seems to continually deepen. From the ocean, then in close to triple digit heat in the mountains while pushing hard amidst the granite waves, it was sweetly pleasurable to […]

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Category: Adventure

20

April

4

The Good News About Getting Out of Shape

A month in Bhutan with no bike, a running injury and a lot of excuses, left me back in CA in the worst shape that I can remember. Even if I am not training for an event or big (or small) adventure, I always train—for life. I enjoy swimming, biking, running, hiking, strength training and yoga while mixing in a couple other activities as desired. My body likes to cross train and even after all these years, I thrive on my activity time each day. So though I’m approaching 55, I haven’t known what it feels like to be in my 50’s and be totally out of shape. Now I know that it really really sucks. What I have known […]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

24

February

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Know Yourself

Just did a, very enjoyable, 4:30 AM (Bhutan time) podcast interview for Science of Ultra Podcast about Dirty Inspirations and one particular moment popped out (I’ll let you know when the interview is live). Shawn asked me if there was one overarching aspect that I’ve learned in all my years of endurance racing that has served me the most and that I can share with other ultra athletes (and that happens to speak to everyone!) My response: Know yourself. Know your strengths, be honest about your challenges, admit, accept and work with, your shortcomings. Know your mind and how to train it, know your physical needs, and define what your intensions are at the start line of every race. Ask […]

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Category: Bhutan

20

January

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Dirty Inspirations—Teaser #2—Afraid of Fear

NOTE: Leading into my book launch on January 26th, I thought it would be fun to post a few chapter ‘teasers’ to give you a tiny taste whats in store for you. I’ll chat more on how and why this all came about at my book launch and signing at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Feb. 3rd at 7:00 PM. You can pre-order the book at this link. See you then! In the meantime… enjoy… From: #2 Afraid of Fear The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. —Joseph Campbell “In the crisp predawn sky, the air was as still as a coiled snake, ready to strike. The only audible sound was the constructive whoosh of our five paddle blades simultaneously […]

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Category: Adventure

28

May

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Considering Pain, For Big Satisfaction in Endurance Sport

pain |pān| noun: physical suffering or discomfort, mental suffering or distress In general, pain has a distinct reputation for being the unpleasant bad guy or even the herd of elephants in the room. Both whom most humans instinctively avoid at all turns. Unless you’re an endurance athlete. In a world increasingly designed to promote comfort, endurance athletes willfully choose to participate in (and pay large sums of money for) endeavors that will invoke pain and discomfort for sometimes very long periods of time. With some upcoming writing on this topic and extended ‘personal projects’ looming, I have gleefully repondered this theme while spending lots of hours on the trails. What we find out quickly as endurance athletes is that pain […]

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Category: Inspiration