7November2015

UltraPed Mind/Body Double Desolation Challenge

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Fitness.

On Nov. 4-6 I took a second crack at finishing the UltraPed Mind/Body Double Desolation Challenge. After failing 6 weeks earlier, and knowing winter was coming right around the corner, I was determined to finish this time!

I had been planning to complete this route, since it was first announced. As part of the challenge (the Mind part) you needed to read or consume some selected works of Jack Kerouac from his time as a fire lookout on Desolation Peak. I ended up buying several books and reading them all. But I particularly enjoyed The Dharma Bums, which I carried as a paperback book with me on all my fastpacking trips throughout the summer. I also listened to the books on tape version of it on many of my short hikes or runs.

I gave myself 3-4 days to complete it. I had plenty of food, and will power. I planned for ~30 miles day… and I knew I could power through.

In the end, I finished in a rather “Pedestrian” time of 54:54:54. A distant last place to the other finisher… But as I learned from The Dharma Bums — “Comparisons are odious!” — and so I won’t compare my adventures to others… these are my adventures… these are my truth.

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The start of my UltraPedestrian Mind/Body Challenge - 90 miles, and 19k ft

A very low Ross Lake and peekaboo views of some of the North Cascades. Scenes from my run.

One of the many beautiful and peaceful waterfalls along the East Bank Trail around Ross Lake.

I made excellent time for the first 19 miles reaching the base of Desolation Peak in 4:24. I ran into a couple park rangers at the junction to Hozomeen, I told them my plans and they wished me luck. At this point I was planning on summiting Desolation and then descending and running to Deer Lick or Nightmare camp. Those plans changed after I realized what was waiting for me above.

As I was hiking up Desolation Trail I came around a switchback and saw this guy standing 10 feet away from me. He was the only large mammal I saw, other than the 2 park rangers! Apparently this guy is some kind of a celebrity, maybe because he was a 5×5/10 point, but as soon as I started pulling out my camera he took off. I didn’t even think I got a shot of him, but when I zoomed in on this clump of rocks, there he was.

The snow started at about 4,000 feet, I was in my running shorts, and Patagonia R1 hoody, and felt pretty comfortable, even though I was post holing up to my knee. When I got to Desolation Camp (5,000 ft), I decided I needed more layers, so I put on my tights and added my Montbell Plasma 1000 and my new Feathered Friends Ultralite Waterproof Jacket. Good thing I did because the snow was even deeper between the camp and the lookout. Thank goodness I’d done the route just 6 weeks early so I had some sense of the trail, because there was absolutely zero indication of any kind of a trail to the summit.

I made it to the lookout for my first time at about 8:30pm. It took me 4 hours to complete the 5 mile climb. My plans for the rest of the evening changed. One of the park rangers had asked me if I was going to camp at the lookout, at the time I said no, but now I was thinking eating a hot dinner and hunkering down in my bivvy would feel pretty nice.

My little hooptie of a shelter at Desolation lookout. It worked well enough, mostly because I have a great bivy so I was plenty warm in the snow and wind. I had visions of a beautiful starry night in the snow, but alas it was completely overcast.

Heading down in the morning was a little easier because I had my own tracks to follow, and, oh yeah, daylight.

View of Ross Lake from the Lightening Creek Trail heading toward Hozomeen.

I always love trails like this, there’s something about a collection of trees of all the same species sitting in a concentrated section like this. I always stop to soak it in.

Super creepy cabin in the woods near Deer Lick Camp.

Another section of trail. Something about the moss struck me.

They are serious about this Mushroom thing. It gets top billing and a larger font!

This explains our illegal immigrants problem. You call this a border? Canadians can just walk right in!!! Hozomeen Campground is entirely on US soil, yet the only road into it is from Canada.

Proof I made it to the border, half way point of the UltraPed Mind/Body Challenge.

Ross Lake at Hozomeen Campground with North Cascades in background. I stopped here for a hot meal, breakfast scramble and coffee, even though it was 4pm and about to get dark. I figured a couple of minutes of cooking and a belly full of hot food would make the 7 hours of hiking in the dark I had in front of me easier.

Peekaboo View of Mount Hozomeen. Just like Ray Smith (aka Jack Kerouac) in the “Dharma Bums” I was startled when I turned around to catch a glimpse of it out of the corner of my eye.

View of Ross Lake from my second snowy climb of Desolation.

On my first climb of Desolation I followed the deer tracks because I couldn’t see the trail. When I returned the next day for my second climb, I discovered that the deer had followed my tracks.

I saw rabbit tracks all over the snow on Desolation. But this one made me laugh, did the bunny intentionally glissade down the hill?

Reaching the Desolation lookout the second time. The second time took 3:27, which was faster than the first. Having sunlight and my own tracks to follow helped. But the snow was even deeper the second time, especially between Desolation Camp and the lookout. As Ray Smith (aka Jack Kerouac) said in The Dharma Bums - “You can’t fall off a mountain.” I say, “Yeah, but you can fall down in knee deep snow.”

One of my favorite sections of the East Bank Trail is the catwalk between Rainbow Point and Devil’s Junction. It offers amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains. If only this joker hadn’t gotten in the shot!

Finally, the last bridge! 89.9 miles behind me and only a few hundred yards to go.

I made it! UltraPedestrian Mind/Body Challenge complete. 90 miles and 19k of climbing, total time 54:54:54. So far a half a dozen people have attempted this, two of us have finished (it took me two tries). I came in second place, or last place (depending on how you look at it). But as Japhy Ryder says in The Dharma Bums — “Comparisons are odious.”

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29September2015

UltraPed Wilderness Challenge: Easy Pass & Failed Mega Challenge

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Fitness.

On Sept. 23-27 I attempted to complete a 135 mile long “MegaChallenge” as part of the UltraPed Wilderness Challenge…
I succeeded in completing the first half: “The EasyPass Challenge”…
But then failed to complete the second half: “The UltraPed Mind/Body Double Desolation Challenge”…

When it was all said and done, I had simply run out of time for the food and time I’d scheduled away from home and work.
I was disappointed, but I learned a lot about myself on this adventure.

Here is my photo journal of my adventure!

Start of my UPWC Mega Challenge this weekend. Started at 8am Friday morning in a light drizzle.

Thunder creek was booming. Beautiful trail along here.

Thunder Creek from above at McAllister Camp. You get a good idea why it’s called Thunder Creek from here. There was a constant low rumble. It is a beautiful soundscape to match the view.

Bridge to nowhere. Scenes from my run along Fischer Creek Trail.

Really Big Trees - Fisher Creek Trail.

Fisher Creek Waterfall - Fisher Creek Trail.

Log Bridges - Fisher Creek Trail.

Black Mushrooms - Fisher Creek Trail.

Trail Sign - Fisher Creek Trail.

Mushrooms - Fisher Creek Trail.

Finishing Easy Pass - Easy Pass Trail - this was the finish the Thunder Creek/Easy Pass challenge. After finishing Easy Pass I than attempted to run to and complete the Mind/Body Challenge.

Scenes from my Run - As part of September’s Failed attempt at the UltraPed Mega Challenge after finishing Easy Pass I had to run along Hwy 20 for about 10 miles to connect back to trails that would get me to the Mind/Body Challenge.

Scenes from my Run - After running down Hwy 20 I finally found a trail head that was supposed to lead me to the Mind/Body Challenge route, the only problem was I had to ford this WAIST DEEP creek at sunset! It was quite an experience!

The Dharma Bums - As part of the UltraPed Mind/Body Challenge we had to read some work of Jack Kerouac that included his service as a fire lookout at Desolation Peak. I’ve carried this book around with me all summer on every fast packing trip and read as much of it as I could each night on the trail.

Ross Lake and East Bank Trail Catwalk

Lightening Creek from East Bank Trail suspension bridge

Deer on climb to Desolation Peak

Ross Lake from climb to Desolation Peak.

Marker at summit of Desolation Peak from 6 weeks ago.

This was my official DNF from The Mind/Body Challenge. To continue I would have gone left toward Hozomeen instead I headed straight back toward my car…. Another 30 miles back to my car!

East Bank Trail DNF - what more can I say, I wasn’t happy…

After getting back to the East Bank Trail head, I wasn’t done. I was still at least 15 miles from my car. My maps showed a connection to Panther Creek Trail that appears to cross Ruby Creek here. Was this log really the crossing?

Are you sure I need to cross this creek across the log? Really?!??

This is what waited for me on the other side of that log… Is this really the trail?!? After Bushwacking through this for about an hour I finally gave up and decided that I wasn’t going to find Panther Creek Trail. I ended up checking the map and finding a different trail that would get me 8 miles closer to my car.

Peekaboo views of Ross Dam from Happy Panther Trail

Happy Panther Trail

Happy Panther Trail dumped me back onto Hwy 20 where I had 5 more miles of asphalt before I’d get back to my car. At least the views were nice.

Finally back to my car! –

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2September2015

UltraPed Wilderness Challenge - Chinook Pass - Dad & Daughter Adventure

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Fitness.

Gear for dad & daughter adventure! 3 day FastPack as part of the UltraPed Wilderness Challenge

Packed and ready to go!

Starting out our UltraPed Wilderness Challenge, at Chinook Pass in the rain. We were prepared for 3 days of hiking in the rain, but luckily the rain stopped after about 30 minutes, and we had dry hiking for the next 30 miles.

PCT Selfie as part of the UPWC Chinook Pass loop. The rain stopped, but the gray skies and clouds blocked most of the views, but we didn’t care, we still found the beauty in the scenes from the trail.

About halfway done with day one 7+ miles into our hike we were feeling confident and laughing our way to Laughingwater Creek Trail.

Marmots!! Our first real critters on the PCT. This family was hanging out in the rock castle enjoying the cool drizzle.

The Invisible Marmot - at least we assume he was trying to look invisible to us. He froze as soon as he saw us come around the corner.

We came from there! 10+ miles into day one and we’re still smiling. We had passed several PCT thru-hikers heading the other way, but hadn’t gotten up the courage to really talk to them. Most of them seemed really focused on putting one foot in front of the other.

Two Lake/One Lake valley and meadow from PCT. The clouds broke enough for us to get some blue skies and territorial views.

A last little break on the PCT. After 12 miles on the PCT we were turning off to head toward Three Lakes camp. We had just met “Bear Snacks” and “Clawhammer” two PCT hikers who’d been on the trail since April 5th and 7th. He chatted with them for several minutes, they weren’t liking the rain, but I was pretty happy we’d been mostly dry so far today. They were impressed we were doing 30 miles in 3 days and admitted that was faster than they were traveling.

End of the PCT line for us on this hike. It was fun while it lasted, but we were turning off here, and we’d have another couple miles to get to our camp for the night.

Enjoying hot cocoa and beef pho for dinner on day one. The Three Lakes camp was perfect!

Our tents were the perfect shelter from the rain… And the pinecones that Sasquatch kept throwing at us!!

Fortunately for us, the Sasquatch that lives near Three Lakes hasn’t figured out the bear pole yet, so he didn’t get any of our s’mores supplies!!

We had to sign the hiker log at the Ranger Patrol Cabin before heading out for day two!

We felt it was important to warn the other hikers of the pinecone throwing Sasquatch!

A marshy meadow that leads to Panther Creek along the Laughingwater Creek Trail

Laughingwater Creek Trail

Laughingwater Creek Trail Selfie

One of the many waterfalls we passed or crossed along our hike. Laughingwater Creek Trail

Hot Springs!! We took a detour off of the official UltraPed Wilderness Challenge route to sleep over at the Ohanapecosh Campground. They have a hot springs. The sign clearly says not to drink the water!!

Our camp site at Ohanapecosh Campground. Things of note: definitely not a back country camp, see that RV in the background? Also note I had to hang our food bag in the only nearby tree. The camp was supposed to have food storage lockers, but apparently since most people just keep their food in their cars, the lockers are non-functioning. I left my bag on the ground next to our picnic table for a couple minutes and a rodent got to it and chewed through a ziplock bag and got to one of my Kind bars. After we hung out food we saw a rabbit running around looking for more of our food.

The upside to a “front country” camp is that they have fire rings, and will sell you dry bundles of firewood, and with that… You get S’mores!

Obligatory camp fire shot… Starting a fire is a lot easier when you’ve got a fire starter and dry bundled fire wood.

Starting day three, crossing the Ohanapecosh River to head up the Eastside Trail

Waterfall Selfie at Silver Falls

Big Tree Selfie at The Grove of the Patriarchs

The Grove of the Patriarchs

The Grove of the Patriarchs

Ohanapecosh River Falls from Eastside Trail

Trail “lunch break” selfie. We finally made it to Deer Creek, and we took a long break for lunch. Good thing, because we had no idea what was waiting for us up the trail… 3 miles with about 2000 feet of climbing.

Dewey Creek Falls on the Eastside Trail

Wow! We made it! 2000ft in 3 miles was a lot more climbing than we’d seen on the rest of the loop. It was our slowest 3 miles for sure, taking 2 hours. But we did get to see a herd of about a dozen elk!

Stop taking my picture dad!! Less than half a mile to go! Tipsoo Lake

Tipsoo Lake

So close!!! Back on the PCT and about 1/10th of a mile back to the car!

We did it!! 50km in 3 days! We completed the UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge Chinook Pass Loop

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18July2015

UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge - Graves Creek Loop

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Run.

The UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge

What exactly is The UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge? Well, it’s kind of like a virtual race, where each participant must complete some or all of a set of predetermined routes. They must declare their intention ahead of time (”call their shot”), they must register (for a nominal fee to have some skin in the game), and once completed they must provide proof of their completion. But above all else… they must have fun… serious Type 2 Fun!

As part of my preparation for my upcoming Fastpack around Mt. Rainier on the Wonderland Trail, I thought doing a 2 day version (with only 2/3rds the distance made sense.) Cousin Rob, who was planning to also do the Wonderland with me, called me up and said… we need to get out and do an overnight… I said: “Let’s do Graves Creek… it looks perfect!” (Notice I said Rob “WAS” planning on doing Wonderland with me… well, after the Graves Creek Loop, he has realized he’s not ready for 3 days of 30+ miles a day…. but more on that below.)

This is the description of the loop on the UPWC site…

Route #1, chosen by Rainshadow Running Race Director James Varner, is the Graves Creek/Enchanted Valley Loop. This route is about 55 miles and has three big climbs and approximately 15,000ft of elevation gain.

Something you need to know about James Varner… James Varner designs some of the hardest ultramarathons in the country. There’s a saying in the ultra-community… “There are miles… and then there are Varner miles…” - Varner miles are always hard.

When Ras UltraPed first announced the loop he described it as:

The Graves Creek-Enchanted Valley Loop is about 55 miles and has three big climbs and about 15,000ft of elevation gain. It is a great mix of everything that makes the Olympics so amazing, big trees, dense forest, steep trails, river valleys, high open ridges, fun single track, and good odds of seeing bear, elk and other animals. This is a remote route with no road crossings and very few people. There are creek and river fords that have possibility of being dangerous at high water, there are a few sections like Graves Creek, Sundown Lake and Six Ridge Trails that get little use and even less maintenance. Excellent navigation skills are essential especially on Six Ridge Trail where the trail itself often disappears in meadows. Expect this route to take a lot longer than a 50 miler would normally take. And I would recommend doing the loop counter clockwise to get the most difficult navigating done first and before it gets dark.

After a couple of other brave souls had ventured out to tackle this route, many complained that the trail was very very very hard to follow. James was unfazed:

“you would think that when I say a trail is hard to follow folks would listen…” - James Varner

Our Plan

After seeing the early reports of 60 miles, not 55 miles… Rob and I decided a 2 day 30 miles per day plan made the most sense. The good news is, there was a well appropriated camp at the 30 mile point. Camp Home Sweet Home had a privy, bear wire, and water… what more could we want for our overnight?

My Gear
My Gear

My fast pack gear… weighs in at 13.6lbs without water. If I’ve got all my water containers full (3L) I add another 6lbs rounding out at just under 20lbs total.

Some of the things in my pack include:

  • Food and stove, bear hanging kit.
  • Clothing
  • First aid and toiletries
  • Maps, Compass, Knife
  • Shelter & Rain gear combo
  • Bivvy Sack, Sleeping Pad, and Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking poles.
  • Solar Charger - note: this was a waste and I will not ever bring it again.

My Gear Packed
My Gear Packed!

Getting to the Trailhead
We left Seattle at 5am. It took us about 3.5 hours to reach the entrance to the park at Lake Quinault. After stopping to self-register at the ranger station, we made it to the trailhead about 9am. After some last minute bio breaks and final touches to our gear we were ready to roll at 9:11am.

Starting Out
Starting Out

We started out with high spirits… we were prepared, we have banged out 50kms before… honestly, I think we’d forgotten that others had come before us and taken 21 hours, 27 hours, and 30 hours to complete the route in a single push. Somehow we imagined this would be tough, but not ridiculous.

As we synchronized our watches, and started heading down the trail at 9:11am, we figured we’d have a long climb up Graves Creek to Sundown Lake, but

Done with the first climb.
Done with the first climb.

Tomfoolery at McGravey Lake
Brad taking the plunge. And then Rob getting plungy.

Done with the major navigation portion… we thought.
Done with the major navigation portion... we thought.

Finally done with Six Ridge Trail!
Finally done with Six Ridge Trail!

Goofing around at Camp Pleasant.
Goofing around at Camp Pleasant.

Finally some easy trails…
Finally some easy trails...

Bear Bait at Two Bear Camp
Bear Bait at Two Bear Camp

Top of First Divide
Top of First Divide

Happy to be done climbing for today!
Happy to be done climbing for today!

What? I have to do it all over again?!
What? I have to do it all over again?!

Time to cowboy up!
Time to cowboy up!

That’s the spirit!
That's the spirit!

One last climb… I promise!
One last climb... I promise!

Marmot Lake — not to the top yet!
Marmot Lake -- not to the top yet!

Finally done climbing!
Finally done climbing!

If you thought the climb was bad… wait till the descent!
If you thought the climb was bad... wait till the descent!

Llamas??
Llamas??

Finally Done - We were toasted!
Finally Done - We were toasted!

Proof & Links to the GPS Data…

One of the rules of the UltraPed Wilderness Challenge is that you need to prove you actually did the course. Part of our proof is the photographic evidence. You can’t get to those signs without hiking up to them.

But we also have GPS data. We had a couple of different devices with us tracking our progress along the way. None of these devices seemed to give us credible real time results. We got to the point where we just ignored the pace and mileage info we were getting from our watches, and only focused on our feet and the clock.

  • Here’s a link to the original data that from my Garmin Epix watch (notice it said we went 44 miles, but includes a massive error with us 10 miles off course for a couple samples).
  • Here’s a link to the data from my Spot GPS Beacon. It’s missing the first couple miles as it was apparently not sending tracking data at that time.
  • Here’s a link to the “cleaned up” version of the Garmin data, but somehow cleaning it up made Garmin think we went 70 miles.

The Route
Graves Creek Loop - Topo

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 07/18/2015
  • Time: 09:11:00
  • Total Time: 1 days 9:33:33.00
  • Calories: 4080
  • Distance: 60 miles
  • Average Pace: 33:31.17/mile
  • Ascent: 20,000 ft
  • Descent: 20,000 ft

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7January2015

2015 Goals/Races

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Fitness.

My goals for 2015 are to get stronger at long distance events particularly 50 mile ultramarathons. I’ve signed up for and Ironman race, four 50 Milers, as well as several 50km races. I’m also outfitting myself with some ultra-lightweight camping gear for fast packing. My hope is to eventually do a Wonderland Trail fast pack attempt in 48 hours.

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19August2014

Upper Body Strength Set

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Strength Training.

Quick set with dumbbells after my spin.

Workout:

  • Type: Strength Training
  • Date: 08/19/2014
  • Time: 23:55:00
  • Total Time: 00:15:00.00
  • Calories: 85

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19August2014

Hard 40 mins on CompuTrainer & PowerCranks

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Cycle.

Didn’t make it a full hour, but going hard on the independent pedal PowerCranks is much harder than normal pedals. So… I give myself a pass on my 1 hour requirement.

That said, I did walk to lunch, and I also did some quick upper body strength training too.

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 08/19/2014
  • Time: 23:30:00
  • Total Time: 00:40:00.00
  • Calories: 466
  • Distance: 15 miles
  • Average Speed: 22.5 mph
  • Max Speed: 30 mph
  • Average Power: 160
  • Max Power: 360

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19August2014

Walk to lunch

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Walk.

No… this doesn’t count as my exercise for the day. But it is exercise!

Workout:

  • Type: Walk
  • Date: 08/19/2014
  • Time: 12:00:00
  • Total Time: 00:20:00.00
  • Calories: 67
  • Distance: 1 miles
  • Average Pace: 20:00/mile

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18August2014

Ten Miler to Store

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Run.

Late night, long day of work… this is exactly where I would have slacked off and just stretched for 20 minutes or spun on the bike in the garage for 30 minutes. Nope… I’m not doing that anymore.

I said - 1 hour hard effort minimum. Ok, how about 10 miles of hills? How about I also stop at the store and pick up some new fuel ideas for my upcoming Ironman?

I ended up running the old course I used to train for Silverman, which includes two long uphill sections and two long downhill sections. I stopped by the new PCC to pick up some individual squeeze packs of various organic nut butters. I am going to try these for my fuel for long workouts.

The plan:

  • For workouts under 4 hours: water only, no fuel.
  • For workouts over 4 hours: ~200 cals mostly fat every 2 hours. These nut butter packs should be perfect.
I will be slightly breaking my nutrition plan with a couple of these different brands/packs because they have some sugar in them. (Sugar, Honey, or Agave). But in this case, they are ~8% total carbs… so it will still be pretty consistent with my overall macronutrient target. Plus if I’m basically taking on ~3g of sugar every hour on a long workout, I’m consuming far less than the typical sports gel product. I had considered eating dried dates instead. They’d be “more natural” and “not processed” but actually they’d have far more sugar in them. Anyway, we’ll see how well these fuels work on my next long workout. This weekend I’ll be doing 100miles on the bike and a 50+12 brick, both will be good chances to try these out.

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 08/18/2014
  • Time: 20:45:00
  • Total Time: 1:30:00.00
  • Calories: 912
  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Average Pace: 8:59.73/mile
  • Max Pace: 8:17.93/mile
  • Ascent: 620 ft
  • Descent: 620 ft

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18August2014

69 Days to Ironman

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Fitness.

Just over two months to go till my next big race. The Beach 2 Battleship Iron distance race in North Carolina. It’s time to get serious about my training and my nutrition.

Between now and race day I will be adhering to the “Whole30″ nutrition plan… technically, I started yesterday, so we’ll call it Whole70. Whole 30 basically means: no processed foods, no sugar, no seed oils, no dairy, no grains, no alcohol, very low carbohydrate. You might call it paleo, but it’s really not about trying to eat like a caveman. It’s focused on avoiding foods that have scientifically proven adverse effects.

Last year, I did a Whole57 before my Ironman, and I came into race day feeling the most nutritionally prepared I’d ever been. I ended up having a bad race day (but not related to my pre-race nutrition)… This year I’m looking forward to giving this nutrition plan a fair showing at my Ironman.

I also need to get focused on some training fundamentals. I’ve been so ┬ábusy with work, I’ve allowed it to obliterate any true long distance training. I need to dedicate to getting in solid workouts every day… no more walking to lunch or stretching for 20 minutes and calling it a workout. If I only have one workout in the day, I need to make it a hard effort workout. But I also need to wake up early and get in a quality run or swim.

Most importantly, I need to start using my weekend for long workouts. No more easy 50 miles on the bike and calling it a quality workout. I need to do AT LEAST 100 miles on the bike one day a week, and I need to do AT LEAST 300 miles total for the week.

I also need to get my bricks in… If I do a 50 miler on the bike, I will follow it up with a 12 miler or more run.

Race day nutrition… I need to trust my body and stop trying to cram so many carbs into my system on race day. I think this is what blew up my Ironman last year (I was drinking the course provided Gatorade…) and my White River 50 miler (I drank Vitamin Water [carbs] and a Coke [carbs] in the first half…) This is silly, I’ve been training on mostly water… I need to trust that my body can do the long efforts with fewer calories… and I definitely need to not eat a bunch of carbs!!! This is a big point of the low carb diet… and when I still with it, I get results.

I will be testing out eating Nut Butter (Justin’s Almond Butter, and Justin’s Hazelnut Chocolate) on my long efforts. I need to do my long efforts testing my race day nutrition… 80 mostly fat calories per hour — NO MORE and LITTLE OR NO CARBS!!!

That’s my plan.

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About Brad

Me in 2002 - 200lbsThis is my fitness blog. Some people who knew me a long time ago may wonder, what the heck I'm doing writing a blog about fitness. Many of them wouldn't imagine that I'd have anything to do with fitness. You see, up until age 34, I treated my body very poorly. I sat around at home, at work, at play. I ate junk food and lots of it. And the result was what you'd expect 5'4" and 200 lbs with 36% body fat. (more...)