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After several of the locals, mostly Ryan Welts and Adam Wilcox, had suggested that I would really enjoy the Tripyramid loop, I found some time to head up on August 10th...I’m finally getting around to posting some runs from this past summer!
The team headed out with some friends this past Sunday. We hiked the fun Seven Hills Trail in Southern Harriman State Park. The trail is about 6.5 miles point to point, and has roughly 1,500 feet of elevation gain.
This video is about Ben's FKT attempt on the Breakneck Ridge, down Beacon Mountain and back. Date was Saturday, November 22nd, 2014.
I thought I might be done with winning Escarpment. I had lost the past two years, was approaching 40, and the competition certainly wasn’t getting any easier. For this year, I was in the UK the week before the race to attend a conference and I ran the Snowdon mountain race the weekend prior to Escarpment.
By Joe Azze
This is a great exercise for anyone to include in their training, whether an athlete or someone looking for general health. It can be used to aid in recovery from a long run, hike or ride, or as a rehabilitative exercise for someone who may be battling Plantar Fasciitis and recurrent ankle sprains. Oh, and if you wear high heels often, this is a must for you!
Wahoo Fitness is a company that focuses on using the devices you already own, such as your iPhone or Android Device, to track and record all of your training data. With the powerful phones we have today, the Wahoo Fitness App is able to record your GPS track, distance, heart rate, elevation profile, wattage, cadence and much more.
By Joe Azze
Each year we look forward to November because of the changes that it brings. Cold weather slowly moves in with the winds, trees become barer by the day and the chance of snow increases each week. Okay, so we like the winter and the snow that it brings, however, it's still Fall, which is a great time of year to reflect on your year up to this point.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Snowdon race, it is the biggest mountain race in the UK. Snowdon Mountain is the highest peak in Wales at 3,560 feet. That is not that high, but it certainly feels higher when you are up top.
By Ben Nephew
After I posted the photos from this hike, Joe asked me to write something about the trip to give an example of what you can do with your kids in terms of hiking. Both Steph (my wife) and I are obviously big fans of getting outside with the kids as much as possible...
By Joe Azze
The kettlebell swing is a movement that all athletes should include in their training and is for anyone looking to increase their general fitness and functional strength. Training with kettlebells (KB) focuses on muscle integration and not isolation. You are training and conditioning the body as a whole. Everything from your cardiorespiratory to grip strength will be challenged.
I heard about the Vermont 50 back in the spring from several of my Mountain Peak Fitness / Campmor teammates. Joe Azze was doing the 50 mile bike and Jules Moore the 50 mile run. I had not run a 50 mile race in 2 years so I wanted to give it a go. My obstacle though was my new baby daughter.
The first time I participated in this race was in 2011 on my mountain bike with Philip my fiancées uncle. That Vermont year blew my mind of how though this course was and the challenge of mountain biking. Despite my lack of experience and getting my ass kicked with a steel toe boot, I had a blast!
Race entry and lottery season is an exciting time of year on the Mountain Peak Fitness trail running team. This year I was the only one selected to run the Wasatch Front “100 miles of heaven and hell” Endurance Run. Luckily 4 of my teammates had experienced the 2013 Wasatch 100, giving me a good network of people to lean-on for advice during the months leading up to race day.
My EPIC weekend (yes it qualifies) started on Saturday night as I left my house for Vermont at around 7:45 pm. I rolled up to the hotel at around midnight. I “slept” till around 4 am and then headed for the race.
It all started back in March of this year during a trip to Colorado to see fellow teammates Phil Germakian and Adam Mayer. We got a chance to see the film on Scott Jaime’s FKT of the Colorado Trail. The short movie was absolutely exhilarating and gave me encouragement to even begin thinking about signing up for the Run Rabbit Run 100.
By Joe Azze
With the off season fast approaching for many, the most important thing an athlete can do at this time of year is re-evaluate their rest & recovery (R&R). Look back and reflect on your achievements as well as the races or workouts that didn't exactly go as planned. Ask yourself, could you have done better with your rest & preparation?
By Ben Nephew
In 1958, Chris Goetze broke the 31 year-old record for the Mahoosuc Traverse by over two hours, running the rugged 29 mile route with over 10k of climb in 8:06:30. Late last week, Ryan Welts emailed a few of us to see if anyone was interested in joining him for a hard run over the traverse.
By Joe Azze
Your Threshold is simply the hardest possible effort you can sustain for 60 minutes straight. Your average heart rate, power and pace for this effort is your threshold. To do a 60 minute all out effort is extremely challenging and is not necessary. A shorter 20 minute test can be done to establish your threshold.
Mile for mile the Telluride Mountain Run is the toughest race I’ve ever ran and might be the toughest race around. TMR is filled with big mountains, minimal support and a group of 50 adventure seeking athletes. I learned about this race after not being selected in the Hardrock 100 lottery and jumped at the opportunity to experience the San Juan Mountains.
I haven’t been racing many races under 3 hrs in quite a while other than a few snowshoe races, and when I got invited to run the most competitive mountain race in the UK, the Snowdon International Mountain Race, I thought it might be a good idea...
The inaugural Eastern States 100 brought 162 hardy runners to the start line to traverse some of the most challenging terrain on the East Coast. Runners would experience the most scenic and challenging views on the East that would include the Black Forest Trail, Western Rim Trail, the Donut Hole Trail, T Squared Trail, Long Branch Trail, the Tiadaghton Trail, and a few others that comprise the 100 mile loop.