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

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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The Right Tool for the Job

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You're doing it wrong, you need to go with __________.

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Joshua Tree Traverse

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I don’t recall how I stumbled upon the idea of running across Joshua Tree but I eventually ended up on a blog which described the trek and that’s when I got hooked.

Reading and rereading the blogs of all of the original participants, I began plotting my adventure online and then in person. After feeling like I had gathered enough information, I set my sails for Yucca Valley, CA which would be home base for my adventure. Arriving on Friday, we immediately acquired the second vehicle since this is a point to point run with a drive, or a long walk, back. We opted for driving.



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Joshua Tree Adventure

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When I choose a race, the destination is as important to me as the event itself.  But sometime this past year, I realized, I didn't have to participate in an event to go to cool places.  The transition from Ironman to ultrarunning has opened up a lot of possibilities for me.

Coming to the above conclusion, I started searching around to see where I wanted to go (read:  run).  I quickly compiled a list and near the top due to its geographic location, hours south of my home, Joshua Tree National Park.

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