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Jupiter Peak Steeplechase

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Feb 24, 2007



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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


None for now

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

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Miles:This week: 4.00 Month: 92.00 Year: 346.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 418.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 479.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 409.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 301.00
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 248.50
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Jogged out to get my morning newspaper, solely so I could be above AdamRW on the board.

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AM- 6 mi, 2 shooting stars.  I was so tired all day yesterday- slept through sunday school, took a nap before church, and still went to bed ~9:30.

PM- Trail run.  I only get one per week with my schedule, now, so I have to enjoy them.  Cody and I ran Green Canyon- 4 miles of singletrack, 1 mile road.  48:30 up (9:30 pace), 33:15 down (6:39 down).  The roles were reversed today- I never stopped for a bathroom break, and Cody had to stop five (5) times!  Granted, I've made him stop many more times than he has me throughout the years, but I can safely say I've never made him stop five times on one run.  It was funny- I kept laughing.  1:21:45 for the run (8:11 avg).

Adrenaline- 464, 800- 28

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AM- 5.5 miles on the back 9, 2 shooting stars.

PM- Big Workout.  I was very, very happy to see some clouds blow in around noon- the temp was around 80 deg when I ran, cloudy, a bit breezy.  The best running conditions I have had in the afternoon since May.  Did 3 miles warmup, then 2 tempo miles (2nd was 6:10 with Paul on the track).  Saw Cody pushing his kids.  Then Paul and I started the workout- 6x1mi at LT pace (~5:45) with 300m rest (1:30-1:40).  Repeats went 5:44, 5:46, 5:45, 5:44.  At this point, I had to go to the bathroom so had an extended break, and Paul headed home.  After the stop, I warmed up a bit then did my last two- 5:45, 5:44.  I'm not sure if it was because my legs cooled down a bit, because I was running without Paul, because of some lingering fatigue from Saturday, or why, but number 5 was tough and number 6 was darn hard.  My legs were pooped by the end- absolutely tired.  Nevertheless, I was happy with the workout- very consistent for all 6 repeats, right at the correct pace.  I did 1.5 miles cooldown on the track than jogged 2 miles home.  Saw James Barnes for a minute on the way- he is here with some of his cross country kids at a camp.  Very glad to be done, very tired.  Now 3 easy days to recover before what promises to be a good race on Saturday.  Total 15.5 miles, 1:49:11 (7:02 avg).  Dinner then sleep.

Adrenaline- 470, Tangent- 314

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AM- I got 6.5 hours of sleep last night, which is pretty good for me.  Actually woke up before 4 am and started my run a few minutes early.  6.5 miles at the golf course, 13 holes, 1 shooting star, 0 animals.

PM- 7.5 very slow, not so easy miles with the jogging stroller.  No time, but around 8:30 pace, I guess.  Fatigued from yesterday, still.

Adrenaline- 477, 768- 123

Question:  Which bear is best?

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AM- 6 miles, 4 shooting stars.  Warm.  My left eyelid started twitching last night.  I hoped it would be gone in the morning but it is still here.  Funny, yet annoying.

PM- 7 miles with the jogging stroller, Cody, and Paul.  7.25, actually, but I'll round down.  Naked.

767- 389

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PM- 6 easy miles with the stroller.  Good luck to everyone running a race tomorrow.


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Race: Jupiter Peak Steeplechase (16 Miles) 02:08:00, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
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Today was the race I had been looking forward to for a long time.  Bill Cobler was nice enough to let me crash at his place last night.  Woke up and did 2 easy miles with him, then drove to Park City.

The 16 mile race runs from the PC resort base to the top of Jupiter Peak, 3000' climb, and then back down.  It is mostly on singletrack with some on dirt service roads.  Nothing is flat.  I was hoping for a top 3 or top 5 finish, though that was in doubt at the start when I saw that the race was on the La Sportiva race series so a group of national class trail runners was there, led by the trail god Bernie Boettcher (http://www.mountainrunning.com/bios/spotlight/bboettcher.html).  He's a 2:33 marathoner who is proportionatly far-better on trails.

Race started out somewhat easy for me- I ran most of the way up between 5th to 10th place, just trying to save energy.  The last half mile climb is unrunnable and almost unwalkable- I figure it is about 30% grade for the last .25-.3 mile.  Ouch.  I probably could have pushed the pace a bit more on the runnable uphills, but didn't mind.  Hit the top in 1:12 at 7th place with 3 guys ~30 seconds ahead of me, 1 guy right behind me.  300 foot descent, then up another steep mountain that is just a few feet shorter than Jupiter, peaked at 1:21.  Ouch again.  Then at long last we hit the downhill.  I picked off the 3 guys in front of me within a mile or two.  Then we hit an aid station and all made a wrong turn- slowed me down about 30 seconds by the time I got back to the turn, though the other guys were real cool and waited so we got back in the same order.  From that point on one of the guys stayed within 5-15 seconds behind me, but I didn't see anyone else.  Pretty good singletrack the whole way down, running fast.  For some reason my chest tightened up around 1:40 and I had trouble breathing.  I slowed down for a few minutes and eventually got my breath back.  Ran down the rest of the singletrack, with a very painful last mile that had a number of momentum-sapping uphills.  Finished 4th place- Bernie won, then another La Sportiva guy, then one local guy 2 minutes ahead of me.  Top 3 places won shoes, then 4th and 5th won a fastpacking backpack. 

My time was 2:08:00, 8:00 pace exactly.  They changed the course this year, with the locals agreeing it was about 4 minutes slower than previously.  Accounting for that, my time this year would have won the race in 2006 and finished 2nd in 2005 and 2007 (only 30 seconds behind the winner).  Not too shabby.  I love trail races.  I was so pumped I rocked out to loud punk rock the whole drive home in my non-air conditioned car...

I'm pretty happy with the race.  Top 3 would have been nice, but getting beat by 2 national-class ringers isn't bad.  Plus I beat 4 or 5 other La Sportiva guys.  Only a few blisters.  Met some great guys, including one who had run the Striders WRC with us (Craig DeVries).  I figure this race indicates I am on pace for my attempt at winning the Mid Mountain Marathon in PC in a month, especially considering this week is my highest mileage in a year and no taper for this race.  Yeehaw.

As a side note, I received some nice compliments at different times after the race from the guys just behind me.  One of them told me that he had never seen anyone take off down the mountain and pull away as fast I did- he didn't believe it was possible.  Two other guys said similar things, both of them calling me a mountain goat.  Nice compliments.

I have a goal to run this race next year and get some of you other FRB road-slaves to join me for a FRB sweep.  Trails are so much better than roads! 

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