I really enjoy endurance sports. Primarily long-distance running and biking.
Over the last 25 years I have enjoyed running on the cross-country team in high school and Collage, running marathons, ultra marathons, triathlon and long-distance bike rides and races. I did my first non competition marathon at 17 and have been enjoying distance events ever since. Unfortunately I was not always the smartest runner and injured my knee by age 22. This basically stopped me from running until about age 38 when i was able to pick it up again. Lucky i was able to bike and do elliptical workouts at the gym with much less stress and enjoy these just as much.
my first marathon was at 17 and took place in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. I simply expanded on my normal 18 mile run. It was a Saturday morning in the spring and I started early. It was not easy and i did walk about a mile of it near the end. I do not remember the time but it was over 4 hours. I also remember having to go to Tennis practice in the afternoon. That was not an easy practice.
In college I ran for the cross-country team and enjoyed it. I was not the best on the team but was on varsity my freshman and sophomore years (the only two years I ran on the team) and I did help the team make it to the national championships my sophomore year.Training for ultras:
I decided to race in the local 50 mile ultra marathon my junior year of college. It was at the time the largest race of its kind with about 400-500 participants. It was also on trails that I already trained on earn my university so it was great. These were my trials and i loved them. I first learned about this race after hiking on the trails while the race was going on and decided that i would try to run it the next year. It was the ice age trail 50 mile race. I started training my junior year by running a marathon or more each week the entire semester on Saturday mornings. I also did one 12 mile run each week around Wednesday, took one day off of running and one day where i swam and lifted weights. I also ran one 50 mile practice around a track. I still have the paper i used to track laps. 3 running and one walking over the entire 9 hours it took me.
Ultra 1 Ice Age Trail 50 – 1998
my first ultra was a lot of fun. I was one of the youngest runners and found out that ultra races are more popular for older runners. not 21 year olds. I also had plenty of training could have gone a bit faster. yes I was sore and tiered but it was not as bad as expected.
the next year i ran again but with much less training. Same race, a bit warmer of a day and about the same time as the year before.
I continued to run over the next summer and fall but ended up getting injured in the winter. Unfortunately running was such an important part of my life that i continued to run on a week knee and eventually it hurt too much. This was the end of my running for the forseeable future. Luckily i could still bike and that became one of the ways i used up my extra energy.
RW24 2010 – 24 hour urban bike race
The next year i was fully trained with a number of 100 and 150 mile rides under my belt and a full year of training. I did great and ended up tying for second place. I was winning must of the race but ended up with 4 flat tires and a broken bike that forced me to change from my road bike to an old mountain bike for the last 4 or so hours. I had a blast but was definitely disappointed with the outcome non the less. And i also did the entire race in a red tutu.
It seems that after this my knee pain from the earlier bike injury came back and i had to stop long distance riding again. I still used my bike to get around but no more long distance rides for me.
I moved to Colorado and fell in love with mountain biking. My knee had been feeling better and my good friend convinced me to get a mountain bike and give the trails a try. I feel in love instantly. I am lucky to live near a beautiful bike trail that allows me to get to the foothills near boulder colorado without getting on a street. How lucky am i to be this close to world-class mountain biking. Over the next few summers i biked hundreds of miles on these trails. I did do one 85 mile mountain bike ride over about
At some point i decided i wanted to do an iron man. It had always been a dream of mine but i know i could not as running was out of the questions. I had been biking a lot as well as working out on the elliptical machine without a problem but running was not something i had tried. Well, i tried it out on the treadmill and was fine. I Must have
strengthened my legs enough and was able to do it. So of course i started running marathons to see if i could, and i could. Slow but i still could. And this opened me up to doing an iron man. Of course swimming was something else i had not done for years but luckily my apartment complex has a lap pool so I used this for practice. On a saturday in september i woke up early to try my first Ironman distance event. I did not follow the swim, bike, run but was just trying to get the distances in under the 17 hour time limit. I did it in 16:45 but that is more do to the fact that i did not push myself to go faster.
After the iron man i wanted to try a 100 mile run. In training for this i did a number of 10 to 24 hours workouts that consisted of walking, running, elliptical, biking. I was not going for distance but just wanted to be moving the entire time. I decided to would try to do a 100 mile walk run but after about 35 miles my blisters were too bad to make it possible. I ended up turning this into a 3 day 75 mile walk/run 120 mile bike ride (outdoors in January) and 3 hour rowing machine. I basically went until i could not go any longer. About 12 hours a day for three days. This was much harder than the Ironman but i still did not complete my goal of a 100 mile run/walk. This is something i would still like to do.