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A third-place smooch at 8:15 AM after racing (and crewing) for the previous 20 hours, through the night

Getting after it again: 2015 Year in Review

Fifteen months ago, my bitterness reached its peak. The cause was obvious: for four consecutive years, starting with 2011, I had worked too much and adventured too little. Essentially, I had stopped being me. During the first two years, I wasn’t bothered. My work — mostly guiding, speaking, and writing — was novel and challenging, […]

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The first 40k and last 15k are smothered in volcanic ash, which has the consistency of sand. It saps push-off power and fills shoes.

An unofficial Racer’s Guide to Vulcano Ultra Trail

This is my final post about Vulcano Ultra Trail. I’ve already written a race report and created a travel guide. In this post, I’d like to share more details about the race. Do I recommend Vulcano Ultra Trail? Not every ultra marathon matches the interests, skills, and strengths of every runner. For example, pure runners who dabble […]

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The fantastic omelette at Cassis in downtown Puerto Varas. Lunch and dinner food and service was apparently not as worthy.

Travel Guide & Tips for Chile & Vulcano Ultra Trail

A considerable amount of logistical preparation is involved with any international trip to Chile and any ultra marathon. Vulcano Ultra Trail was both, which made it an especially big effort. With this travel guide, I hope to make VUT logistically easier for you. It’s based primarily on my experience in Chile, with some additional input from […]

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Battery life comparison: GPS sport watches

What are the most important considerations when deciding which GPS sport watch to buy? Features, fit, and price — most definitely. But don’t overlook battery life, especially if your workouts, competitions, or adventures often exceed the duration of a long workday, as is the case with ultra marathons, Ironmans, expedition adventure races, 24-hour mountain bike […]

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