Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jerry's Got MY Money!

Great, I went ahead and did it. I gave Jerry Dunn and the folks at the Black Hills 100 my money. You know what that means..... No more junk food, no more sleeping in. Oh, I'll be running the Black Hills 100 on June 25th, 2011. It'll be number 17, and as many of you "kind" souls have pointed out, can't stop on an odd number, have to do 18 to make it legal. Yeah, yeah, that one is planned too.
It's all about the Buckle! Black Hills 100 Baby!!

This training is going to be full of vortex-laden fun. My main man Greg V has already put down some hard earned $'s, he's in for Black Hills, he'll vortex it with me. Andy B is always up for some VA (vortex action!). If we can convince Star that she, unlike Dr. Frank (and only because I've seen him do it), can't run a marathon in her sleep, we may get her to Vortex as she gets ready to take on Iron Woman Canada.

I don't see myself really getting into the mountains before June, which is a shame, because as this elevation chart shows, the race is no gimme. We've got enough elevation and steep enough grades to make it a real struggle.

What the heck, I'm going for it. Goals, I don't have any time goals, I want to finish, and finish well. 24 is a dream goal, I haven't done a mountain course in a while. I can do it, but man, I'll have to get really fit. Regardless, it'll be a hoot man. I'm flying into Denver about a week early to see my buddy Chase and his awesome wife, Saralee. Chase will get my altitude and attitude right, he's good at that.

Watch it on You Tube, it's gonna Rock... and Roll

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Our Favorite Hobby

It's no wonder that every year when school starts I put on a few LB's. We have this kind of junk
in the faculty lounge almost every day. Usually I say, "No thank you." Matter of fact, I almost always say, "Thanks anyhow, but I'm doing this thing where I want to live."

What the heck is wrong with us in the US? Why do we do this to ourselves? Doughnuts? Cookies? And lots. Fast food? Fried Food. Guys, (me) it'll plain old kill you!
I'm going to say no to crap!
It's no coincidence that back in 2005 when I ran sub 24 at WS, which is much harder than running 21 at Umstead, I didn't eat ANY of that crap. I was dating an MD and she was the best cook, and she only cooked healthful stuff.
Any way, I'm getting back that healthy lifestyle. I'm running the Black Hill 100 in June and I'd like to do well. That means no doughnut, no overeating, and being cool.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I ran 10 easy miles on Sunday.

My shins seem to be healing nicely....... so far.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

And Then I Quit!

Ok, now that #16 is completed, I can dust off my golf clubs and get down to a real man's sport.... Golf!
That's right, I am quitting the running thing.... just as soon as I run two more 100's. I really want to try out the Black Hills 100's, the guys seems cool that run it, and the course looks fantastic. Yep, I want in on that inaugural run. Then I quit.....

Right after I do the Heartland 100. Spirit of the Prairie. Why Heartland, in Kansas? Well, they sport the coolest belt buckle I've seen. It's got a Buffalo on it! And Chase has done it, and Chase is my boy.
So, it's June 27, in South Dakota and October 8, in Kansas. Fun races, and to be honest, I want to see if these states actually exist. I mean I've always accepted they are real, but seeing is believing!

Monday, March 14, 2011

WTF? Really, Now?

You gotta be kidding me?
Since 1992 I've run more than 100 Marathons. Since 2001 I've run 16 100 mile races.
I've done 20 triathlons and a multitude of race between 5 and 30K. I've run at least 2000 miles every year since the year 2000.
Sure, now in 2011 for the first time I've got shin splints.
I'm taking the week off!

Friday, March 11, 2011

What the Johnny Ho?

What the Johnny Ho, Johnny Hey? What is this used for? I thought they stayed on on their own, and I didn't think you were supposed to repair them? I gotta get out more!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Trivial Live

Running 100 miles; Epic or Trivial?

Well, I don't know that, but I do know this...

My trivial prowess is slipping, no not my running, I'm having a perdy good stretch here. Starting with Umstead 2010, 21:12, then a finish at the very tough Pinhoti Trail 100. And of course the 22:21 and 9th place finish at the Rocky Muddy Slidey Roads 100 in Coto de Caza, CA.

My trivial trivia prowess is slipping. Jonny Docs, Davo and I used to be able to beat the whole bar by ourselves. We were 2-0. Well our last two efforts only produced silver efforts (silver is great for belt buckles and tableware, but it's no damn good in trivia or butt kicking contests!).

Anyway congrats to Jon, Davo, Morejon (by phone), Wendy (yeah, you're a Dahl!), Bradley (who knew China had the World's largest golf facility? Bradley did!), and me. It aint a victory but it's still $30 smackers to spend at Gators (on a Tuesday night, within the next 30 days...)

Anyway, it's back to the grindstone, the pursuit to master the trivia is of the utmost importance!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Andrea or the $2 Steak?

Yesterday on my way back from Ft. Lauderdale I stopped at a Winn Dixie, I don't usually stop there, but I was in need of some grub. While on my way back to the produce Aisle I went by a display of 80% off meat. I'm like, I don't eat a lot of red meat, but I could use a little protein if it's almost free.

So I grabbed me a big old steak, it rang up $2, wow, what a deal!

When I got home, I'm thinking, a $2 steak, I better marinate it, all day, so I did.

Last night I char-grilled it as well as it could be grilled. And it was.............. Terrible! I never could cut into it! I started with a plastic knife, no dice! I went a regular steak knife, no dice! Than I went and got my sharpest bread knife, no dice! Finally I got my, can cut through a tin can, Swiss Army Knife, and viola! It cut the steak. I cut it up into small pieces and started eating.... After about 5 minutes trying to chew one piece, I gave up! I threw the steak away and pop in a pizza!

Hey, that steak was tough, but not as tough as our girl Andrea! She is tougher than a $2 steak! She conquered that GURR course when no other female could! She is rockin', she is rolling, she is the toughest thing on two-legs!!!

1st overall female! Course Record! Hung in through rain, mud, wind, vipers! Go girl, and she went!

Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Revalation #9

Wow! I wasn't foolin' around, I was very nervous about the Rocky Roads 100. You guys have to remember it was only two years ago when I finished Western States, not 9th, but Last, DFL!
16th 100 mile finish and 3rd top ten finish. I gotta tell you for most of the race I didn't see this coming.

5:30 am February 26, 2011, Coto de Caza, CA, Sports Complex:
It has rained most of the night and there is a steady rain now. I'm looking at running for 24 - 30 hours and I'm already soaked. A beautiful and young lady, Kylie, offers me a spot under her umbrella. I decline as it would be akin to closing the barn door after the horses got out, as my light jacket apparently isn't waterproof. The beautiful lady asks which race I'm running (besides the 100, there are 50, 26.2 and 13.1 mile races on the same day.) Well, if the course isn't too bad, I guess I'll do the 100. She seems relatively impressed. Wow, I'm hoping to do my first 50 soon. Where are you from she asks me. I'm from Tampa. She says, There's a 50 mile race there called the Fools run. How do you know about that? I ask. I have a friend out there who wants me to run it. Who? I inquire. Andrea Risi, do you know her? Know her? She's my bud! We agree that Andrea is the world's nicest person. That's kinda cool, travel 3000 miles to the foothills of the Saddleback Mountains on America's Pacific Coast and find someone who knows one of my greatest friends!
Kylie, she Rocks!

It's getting close to race time, so I slide under a near by canopy, the weather is starting to get to me. At about 6:15 the race director brings, my good friend Rob Cowan (if Andrea isn't the nicest person in the world than Rob is! He flew me out for the race and put me up in his awesome house. He and his lovely daughter Danielle, and his hubba-hubba, fantastic girlfriend Nicole, made me feel very much to home!) us to the starting line and and sent us on our way. The race quickly turned into the race for first and then the rest of us. Ben and Eric pulled way out in front of the field within 3 miles. As the race was 7 out and backs (6 were 15 mile totals, and the last was a merciful 10 mile to complete the 100 mile journey), we were able to keep track of the other runners progress. As I progressed to the 7.5 mile turn around I wasn't feeling great. Running on a muddy course in the steady rain didn't make me want to quit, I just felt so very sluggish. I felt like I had no speed. This feeling never did change.

Nothing spectacular happened in that first lap, except I had the recurring thought, how can I do this 6 more times? I realized that I couldn't do that out and back 6 more times; however, I knew I could do it once more, so I set out to do that. I took off on the second loop, this time using the excellent music that you all suggested for me. This worked much better. Also, the course had thinned out as the 1/2 marathoners were largely finished with the course, and the Marathon runners would no longer be sharing our same trail. With the music going and the rain letting up, this lap was much easier, but no faster than the first. I got into a better rhythm as far as knowing which hills to walk. Most of the course could be run, but I knew running too much would come back to haunt me later, so I walked when I thought I should.
Two down, five to go.

Mile 30 - 45 (hey, takes forever to read, try runnin' it!): I felt like crap! The music was saving me, but jeez, yuck, boo. Me, I felt sorry for myself, me! I'll never make it! I won't, I won't, I'm going to quit, well, I can't quit, still have the bracelet, gotta keep going, but I'm going to be a real crab apple! This attitude didn't come as a shock to me. Miles 30 - 40 are always my toughest. I've been out there forever with much longer than that to go!

Mile 45 - 60.
I know I'll keep going, but I'm not happy about it. My mood is lifted when I see the lovely Kylie again. I know she won't be able to, but what's the harm in asking? Hey Kylie, you want to run a lap with me? Well, I'm supposed to pace my friend Joselito, says Kylie. Ok, cool, well, I probably won't be running too much anyway. I get ready to head out and she says, you know if I can get Ted to run with Joselito I'll run with you, let me check. She made the deal! After a ten minute wait to change clothes, we are off and running! We spend the next 15 miles yapping and running. She tells me about befriending Andrea 6 years previously through an Ironman website. She says Andrea has offered to put her up if does come down for the Fools' run. I tell her that we're sold out, but I drop this on her, "I'm the race director, and I can probably get you in." Now, she's really thinking about it. Miles 45 - 60 sail by.

Mile 60 -75.
As we pull in to mile 60 Kylie asks if I want her to run another lap with me. Heck yes! Would you, could you, will you? Yes, yes, and heck yes! Now, I'm rejuvenated. After some uniform changes, we take off again. We get all the way around, the rain came again a bit, and the course has a bit more mud on it, but I don't care because what a bonus. I thought I'd be trudging all by myself and I have this great company with me. What a blessing! Mile 75 comes way to fast.
Mile 75 - 90.
Ok, I have 25 to go. I cannot do 25 by myself at this point, but I can run 2.5 to the next aid station. If I have to do that ten times, so be it! I drop off a Kylie, thank you Kylie! She tells me after she gets some rest if she feels well and if I want her she'll run the last 10 with me. I say, well, I'll want you, but I'm going to be awhile on this loop, maybe 4 hours (I'd been averaging about 3:15) and she may be over the whole experience by then. So I give her a hug and waste very little time and head back out for what I know will be a miserable loop. I put my music back on and Beethoven's 9th comes on almost immediately. This music couldn't have come at a better time. It inspires me. And I actually take off running. I run a few of the hills I had been walking up. Thanks Ludwig! I actually pass a few people, but after the turn around my energy wanes and I'm sure I've taken almost 4 hours for the loop. Nonetheless, I did make it to mile 90 without hurting myself, and I absolutely know I can run 1o more miles. The last question is, can I make it within 24 hours and receive that Silver buckle I want so badly?

Mile 90 - 100!
When I pull in to mile 90 two things help my spirits soar. 1- I finished the loop in about 3:20 leaving me a full 4 hours to run 10 miles to get my silver buckle. I am not feeling that badly, I know I can do this. I hold the emotions in-check because knowing you CAN do something isn't the same as doing it. 2- I was Kylie and she asks, "Do you want company?" Hell yes! (sorry kids, but I didn't say heck, I wasn't thinking heck, I was ecstatic! Kylie was going to get me through! Another word on Kylie. Obviously she is a tremendous athlete, but her only ultra had been a 50K, and she had never run farther than 33 miles. She had already run 30 with me, and even after a 3:20 break, she was willing to go another 10 for her longest run ever! What a pleasant surprise, what an Angel! We take off, and it's all I can do not to sprint out of there. I tell her, just make sure we do this in under 4 hours, I want silver. Silver, silver!! Hi-ho Silver!

On our way out, right before the turn around, which is now at mile 5 instead of mile 7.5, a mighty treat that is! we pass a gentleman I'd been gaining on for about 30 miles. I don't know where I am in the field. I wasn't even going to try math. I do know no one has passed me since a guy in a yellow shirt passed me around mile 30. While I don't know what place I'm in, I do think there is an outside chance that I can finish in the top 10 if I pass one more person. While I haven't been fast, I've been steady and I haven't had stomach issues (I only threw up once and it cost me no time, I was able to turn my head to the side and just keep running. I didn't even have to put my hands on my knees, it was a clean execution of cookie tossing!), and unlike Pinhoti, I had not bathroom issues either. Now, with 5 miles to go and feeling ok I knew I just had to keep going for my silver buckle, but now I couldn't let the dude I'd just passed pass me back! Nope, gotta keep running! So, I hauled down the hill at the turn around and ran up the next hill. before too long Kylie's watch announced that only 4 to go. I wanted to run more and faster but my stomach would only let me run so fast and I knew if my stomach revolted 24 was no longer guaranteed. Approaching mile 3 I see the yellow shirt that had passed me around mile 30. I cruised up to him, told him great race. Less than 3 to go, and I took off. Now, I had two guys to keep behind me, and also a chance at the top ten.

Mile 2.5 came. The last aid station, I didn't stop. Kylie had to use the facilities there, but she had stopped at all of them and had NO problem catching right back up. She's the fastest Port-a-let in the West that one!

Mile 99 and it's my 14th time by Southfork, A huge Citrus plantation named after the ranch on Dallas. Then 1/2 mile. Then, wait, is that the turn? It is. Come on Kylie! Come on Andy! There we go, we slog up the hill. We hit the right onto the final trail only a few yards...... 22:21! I'm finished! I find Rob and give him a hug. Great Job Rob! I introduce him to Kylie, he's like, "Wow no wonder you ran so fast!" Thanks bud. By the way, what place did I finish? Let's see, 1,2,3, looks like..... 8th male and 9th overall. GREAT! Those two I passed in the last 5 miles put me in the top 10! Keep on truckin! Don't Quit. Wow.
Western States 2009 - DFL
Pinhoti 2010- 26+ hours
Am I done? Can I still break 24?
No I'm not done! 22:21! Yay me! I aint dead yet!
What's next? Probably Black Hills 100 in Sturgis, SD. Then maybe I'll retire!