Revisiting the Kettlebell Swing “The Exercise Everyone Should be Doing”

Revisiting the Kettlebell Swing “The Exercise Everyone Should be Doing”

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.

Len Huffman’s 2014 Vermont 50 Mile Race Report “Balancing Family Life & Ultrarunning”

Len Huffman’s 2014 Vermont 50 Mile Race Report “Balancing Family Life & Ultrarunning”

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.

Jules Moore's 2014 Vermont 50 Mile Race Report "1st Time Mountain Biker, 2nd Time Ultra Runner"

Jules Moore's 2014 Vermont 50 Mile Race Report "1st Time Mountain Biker, 2nd Time Ultra Runner"

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!

Adam Mayer’s 2014 Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report

Adam Mayer’s 2014 Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report

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.

Jim Jansen’s 2014 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile Race Report!

Jim Jansen’s 2014 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile Race Report!

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.

Rest & Recovery, Balancing Training & Life

Rest & Recovery, Balancing Training & Life

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?

Power & Heart Rate Threshold Testing For Running & Cycling

Power & Heart Rate Threshold Testing For Running & Cycling

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.

Adam Mayer's 2014 Telluride Mountain Run Race Report

Adam Mayer's 2014 Telluride Mountain Run Race Report

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.

Jennifer Brunet's 2014 Eastern States 100 Mile Race Report

Jennifer Brunet's 2014 Eastern States 100 Mile Race Report

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.

Pearl Izumi E:Motion Road Shoes Review

Pearl Izumi E:Motion Road Shoes Review

By MPF Athlete, Len Huffman
I am what companies call brand loyal. When I find a product that I like and it works for me I tend to stick with it. I am like this with my running shoes. I started my running days in Pearl Izumi's. I loved them. I had 4 or 5 pairs, same model (shines). I ran my best marathon in Synco Fuels. Unfortunately Pearl Izumi stopped making the ones I liked and the models they replaced them with just didn’t feel the same.

Len Huffman's Race Report from the 2014 Escarpment Trail Run

Len Huffman's Race Report from the 2014 Escarpment Trail Run

The 2014 Escarpment Trail Run was held on July 27th. This was my second running of the race, which has been happening since 1977. Held in the Catskills Mountains, it a grueling 18 mile trek up and over 3 peaks on trails littered with roots & rocks. I was excited to try to best last years time of 4 hours 20 minutes. My goal was 4 hours.

Harry Hamilton's 2014 Bighorn Trail 100 Mile Race Report "An adventure that had it all"

Harry Hamilton's 2014 Bighorn Trail 100 Mile Race Report "An adventure that had it all"

As advertised the Wild and Scenic Bighorn 100 is probably the most scenic trail run that I have ever participated in. The terrain and views were beautiful. The mountains were picturesque and their stone faces were amazing.  That is saying a lot from a guy who usually only focuses in the trail and where my feet strike.

Ben Nephew, 2014 Manitou’s Revenge 54 Mile Ultra, Race Report

Ben Nephew, 2014 Manitou’s Revenge 54 Mile Ultra, Race Report

To really understand this race you have to know the trails, or at least get a good description of the course.  If you can’t experience the trails in person, I think photos or video do a better job than any sort of written description, at least as far as my writing skills are concerned.  Luckily, we have great pics and video from the race thanks to Joe.