Endurance Sports

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.

First marathon:
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.

Cross-country
 team:
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 iceage50mkraces 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.

 

Ultra 2 Ice Age Trail 50 – 1999
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.

Injury
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 2009 – 24 hour urban bike race39677_141815409170071_4843047_n
Over the next 15 years or so i biked a lot. To get around and for fun. My neighborhood in Milwaukee had a 24 hour bike race (ride) and i decided i would give it a try. I was not planning on doing the entire ride but ended up doing the just under 5 mile loop 46 times and decided at that moment i would train to try to win the next year

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 40086_1460741572554_3209719_na 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.

 

Injury
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.

 

Mountain biking10354688_801091556620077_1841350257743869029_n
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

 

Ironman distance
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 11949157_1080430311975238_2225050758222179677_nrunning 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.

 

10-24 hour and multi day workouts
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.
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