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    Broken Arrow Sky Race VK

    Just finished a “B” race – Broken Arrow Skyrun VK Friday 21st. Set a PR of 1:16:02. Previous best was at the 2015 Flagstaff Sky Race VK at 1:32:37. Had a few years off from various injuries, returned to running training this past January and Stryd was essential to that process. Here’s the Power Center data from Suunto narrowed down to the race itself. There was a bit of standing around up front waiting for the gun and then the hike out to the tram for the descent that are not in this segment. If the race were a week later I’d have been an AG Placer. 🙂 Now I…

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    My Gear Spread Pics for the Broken Arrow VK

    I’m sure you’ve seen them on Instagram and Facebook, etc, but it’s common for runners to post pics of all their stuff laid out or being packed, with all the cool kid hashtags. I took some pics, but they aren’t really all laid out and I didn’t do all the cool kid hashtags. Here’s my suitcase almost packed, and a few other baggies I’ll be putting into my personal item carry on. I’ll be carrying on this suitcase too, as I don’t want to pay the exorbitant fees for checked luggage. Though I guess technically I have airline points that would earn me a freebie checked bag. That being said,…

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    What even is training for a VK all about?

    Quoted long-form from this article: The sport of VK running is relatively unheard of in Australia. It’s a Euro thing that is quickly gaining traction as trail and Skyrunning grows around the world. The International Skyrunning Federation defines it as follows: “Races with 1,000 m vertical climb over variable terrain with a substantial incline, not exceeding five kilometres in length.” The shortest VK in the world, which incidentally is also the fastest, is in Fully, Switzerland. It’s 1.9 km in length, with an average incline of 52% Essentially, vertical Kilometers are all about super steep mountains where an athlete has to maintain a steady state at close to maximum exertion…

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    Getting Excited for Broken Arrow Sky Race VK in Squaw Valley

    I was thrilled to find out that much of the ridge will be clear of snow, except for a few of the usual spots for the Vertical Kilometer (VK) race on Friday June 21 2019. The organizers posted a video of the famous Stairway to Heaven section of the course, showing a little bit of snow to be traversed at the base of the stairs. Check out their video: VID_20190612_150104647_3 from Broken Arrow Skyrace on Vimeo. So much fun watching that, right?My wife said “That looks a lot like you” and I replied “only my thighs are thicker…” Here is a shot of the advanced weather report for you. Just…

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    Broken Arrow VK Course Updates for June 14

    The Broken Arrow Sky Race organizers have posted on their Facebook: VK drop bags will be available on top of Squaw Peak (at the finish line). It’s helpful to pack a warm layer here so you can hang out and cheer on the other finishers…. but please note that these bags have to be left at the registration tents no later than 830am! Remember … you’ll be cruising down to High Camp (another mile) from the top of the peak too. I was curious about the descent, and that sort-of a little-bit answers it. 6/14/19 Course Update from Broken Arrow Skyrace on Vimeo. And then a bit more on the…

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    Testing Stryd Suunto Steady Power Trail Run

    Jun 1 2019 did a 7.2 mile trail run testing out the Stryd and Suunto 9 Baro connection. I had to keep my eyes on the watch since it won’t announce out of zone power but it wasn’t too bad. I was shooting for around 200 watts and hit 202 Normalized Power (from Training Peaks analysis). Stryd on iPad makes this cool little video that I edited in Vegas Video. Check out the zoom in on the power readout. Powered by WPeMatico

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