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The trials and tribulations of an elite level age-group triathlete.

2015 Tahoe Rim Trail 100

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I wanted to get into Western States but as everyone knows, making it through the lottery is nearly impossible with only one ticket.  I had a 4% chance and although I remained optimistic, I had a backup plan already in place -- the Tahoe Rim Trail 100.  That's probably not the best way to pick a hundred and in fact, some sound advice from someone I've forgotten -- when you're choosing a hundred, you better love what you choose. 

I didn't love it but after doing the training runs, I was amazed by the beauty and scared by the level of difficulty.  I can't say I ever made it to LOVE but by the start of the race, I was definitely in deep LIKE.  The video of the belt buckle really got me hooked on the idea so by the time I hit the starting line, I wanted to be there.

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Adventures for the Adventurer

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With the Rim to Rim to Rim trip still on my mind, I'm reprocessing and parsing the conversations we had along our journey.  I'm not sure if this was said during our trip or if it was said in the wake of our trip but John had made a comment about "Adventures for the Adventurer".  That line has been stuck in my head ever since he said it because it feels like my mantra.



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Rim to Rim to Rim

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Rarely do I use the word 'epic' because I feel like it's overused and I believe it should be used for the truly monumental feats. I think you do something really, really cool, you do it with friends and you walk away thinking – “that was pretty epic”. And that's the only way I would describe this past weekend. EPIC.

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Ohlone Regional Wilderness

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I frequently complain about living in California but there is one thing for certain, we are very fortunate to live in an area which provides us with an abundance of opportunities to play outdoors. I've lived all over the valley, in this specific area for about ten years, and yet I'm still uncovering new places to explore.

Two weekends ago, I trekked up to the top of Mission Peak with some new friends. I'd been eyeing that hill for quite some time since there's a trail system closer to my house leading up that way. After exploring the top last weekend, I decided to connect the pieces. Using Google, I mapped the points and it claimed it was 14.4 miles one direction. 28 miles round trip is about what I had in mind -- it seemed perfect.



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Mission Peak

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Prepping for a race I've got coming up in July, I've been exploring trails with lots and lots of elevation gain. After doing what almost seems like an exhaustive investigation of the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness over the last month or so, I've been looking for other areas to explore.

And then something funny happened, I did the most unusual thing one could imagine, I met someone from social media. I know you're confused -- let me spell it out for you.



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