• broken arrow skyrace,  gear,  vertical k

    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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  • vk training

    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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  • broken arrow skyrace,  vertical k,  vk training

    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 skyrace,  vertical k

    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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  • Blog

    Week Straight Out of Heck

    So here I am, after what seems like a rest week. Last week we did some trailer camping with the whole family in Yellowstone National Park over the Memorial Day Holiday. Didn’t get any running in, which I expected. This week I led a NICA Utah Mountain Bike League Coach Training workshop and we had a high school graduation. I had to work around my teen racer’s training schedule. We had company and enjoyed late nights and eating out some. That made it difficult to get in my normal 4 AM training sessions, and even the evening sessions were very difficult to slip in between other stuff. Zwift was taunting…

  • stryd,  zwift cycling

    Broken Arrow Simulation

    This morning I was planning on running with an evening ride. That was to interface nicely with a family member who was behind in their training and needed to start riding by 4:30 to get it done and off to their day commitments on time. Broken Arrow VK Simulation I decided to try a Broken Arrow simulation and set the Stryd app to 24% and thus the treadmill to 24%, and walked at about a 230+ Watt average power for 70:00 minutes. I managed to get in 2.8 miles, 3550′ of elevation gain, so right about spot on for the Broken Arrow VK. It was tough, and I’m sure it…