Press conference with Travis Kauffman, the mountain lion dude. Wow, what a composed and cool guy! A one minute encounter with a cat would be horrific, and his went on for ten times that long…incredible! Life goals: Send kids off to college and run a ...
Press conference with Travis Kauffman, the mountain lion dude. Wow, what a composed and cool guy! A one minute encounter with a cat would be horrific, and his went on for tentimes that long…incredible!
I posted a new podcast yesterday where I go into a bit more depth with some hot MUT news stories and answer questions about my vision issue. Also, big thanks to those who reached out with translation help! I’ve got it figured out now. Much love.
Does an “uplifting” song translate to motivation on the trail? If so, science says you should be listening to this song by Queen. ( FWIW: I’m pretty sure that Freddie burned more calories in one live show than we burn in a 50 miler.)
This was an interesting one for sure. I’ve suffered in races before, but I don’t recall ever going into the depths like I did at this one and coming back with multiple strong sections in between… In fact, in these long events, with so many variables, most of them won’t go perfectly well–or even reasonably well. Far from it. But there is something empowering in knowing that you can survive–maybe even succeed–even when it seems like everything that can go wrong does.
Western States RD Craig Thornley tweeted yesterday that the race will award five ITRA points this year, down from six last year. Apparently it’s based on the distance between aid stations, but that hasn’t changed since last year. Not sure many people pay attention to the ITRA points.
I’m organizing a fatass in Southern California and Sunny asked what the race with the funny name was all about. I gave her the green light to say “fatass” and she’s said it 20 times this morning. Thinks she’s being suuuper naughty.
Justin’s This Week in Running lays down all the ultramarathon and trail results from the past week. Notable to me:
Uli Steidl is running Fourmidable next weekend! Wow, anxious to see how he does.
Camille’s Tarawera run was pretty damn impressive. She still struggles with technical terrain (as do I!), but if it’s relatively smooth, she’s nearly unbeatable by anyone.
Black Canyon next weekend is looking like a great lineup. YiOu Want, Kaci, some Cowboys, Dakota, Max…whew. Giddy. Up.
Non ultramarathon/trail news: Jamaican 3,000m runner Kimoy Campbell collapsed at the Millrose Games over the weekend and according to a recent announcement for his family, is currently sedated in the hospital “letting his body rest.” Kemoy is the current national record holder for the 3k and 10k. Best wishes to him and his family.
Ethan Newberry is jumping into the race director business with a brutal event in Washington called Tiger Claw. More info here. His Patreon supporters (including moi) got an early chance to register…all others can get in tomorrow morning at 7am PST.
Mike Wardian set a new Guiness World Record for his 10 marathons time. Still waiting for an official mark, but 10 marathons in 10 days with an average time under three hours is incredible. And they were done with crazy travel. And with minimal recovery. And Mike is 44 years old. Truly an outlier in a sport full of outliers.