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Make your GPS watch last longer: Five techniques

By Andrew Skurka / November 8, 2015 / 24 Comments

Here is the situation: 1. The battery life of my GPS sport watch is, say, X hours. 2. The duration of my run, ride, or hike is expected to be greater than X. This is unlikely to be the case for the longest of long training efforts, since even entry-level GPS watches last 8-10 hours. But…

Battery life comparison: GPS sport watches

By Andrew Skurka / November 3, 2015 / 40 Comments

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…

Long-term Review: SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger

By Andrew Skurka / October 6, 2015 / 46 Comments

My mother has requested only once that I buy an outdoor product. It wasn’t an uber warm sleeping bag, a highly engineered stove, or a rain jacket that was guaranteed to keep me dry. No, it was a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. She was not shy about her motivations. While a messenger would allow me…

GPS watch settings & displays for an ultra marathon

By Andrew Skurka / September 29, 2015 / 32 Comments

Prior to Run Rabbit Run 100, I wanted to tweak the recording settings and display fields on my Suunto Ambit GPS Watch + Heart Rate Monitor to be more optimized for an ultra marathon race. I found few recommendations online, so to fill that void I will share my decisions here. Other GPS watches like the…

Notes for next time: Pacing, gear, intakes, and crewing

By Andrew Skurka / September 22, 2015 / 18 Comments

That I’m already talking about a “next time” is a good indication that I was pleased with my Run Rabbit Run 100 performance and that my recovery has been relatively mild. I have no specific plans yet, but I think it’s apparent that I do relatively better in races that are longer and have more…

TNF 50 Mile Race Report: Reflections on pacing, nutrition, training, and a lot more

By Andrew Skurka / December 8, 2014 / 14 Comments

It almost certainly will not be another four years until I race again. But overtime my recollection of The North Face 50 Mile Championship will change: I’ll forget the finer details, and my reflections will be influenced by future developments and conversations. So my race report is meant to be as instructive to me as…

Gear List — The North Face 50 Mile Championship

By Andrew Skurka / December 3, 2014 / 2 Comments

The North Face 50 Mile Championship is now just three days away. I began thinking about the clothing, footwear, and equipment that I would use months ago, giving me ample time to obtain, test, and familiarize myself with different options during my ultra running training. And now that I have a good sense for race…

20% off coupon for Ultimate Direction, through June 26 only

By Andrew Skurka / June 18, 2014 / 3 Comments

When Buzz Burrell became the Brand Manager at Ultimate Direction in early-2012, the brand was dead. No longer, much thanks to a brilliant product and marketing story: the Signature Series running vests. They’re now de facto mandatory equipment in the ultrarunning scene, and I see them regularly on Boulder’s foothills trails, too. Nice work, Buzz!…