Year: 2015

Kiddie Kross – Cyclocross at Barnes Park

With her older brothers to compete with, our 8 year old gave it a shot. One lap around the full course. Here we see her feet pumping furiously through the sand pit. Afterward she shook several ounces of sand out of her keen sandals. Will she continue in later years?
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Cyclocross Jr. Mens 11+ Photo

Our 12 year old took part in the race at Barnes Park on Nov. 7. Here’s a shot of him approaching the barriers. I look forward to him racing for FFKR as well next year.


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Cyclocross Action Photo

Coming around the bend in Barnes Park near the finish line in one of the early laps. Racing in the Jr. Men 15-17 category. Flickr Album

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Flagstaff VK Tshirt Reveal

Got my shirt from the Flagstaff VK a couple weeks ago, but it took a while to get around to making this box opening video. Well, envelope opening. So here you go, my Flagstaff Skyrace Tshirt out of the wrapper.

Flagstaff VK Bib #432
Flagstaff VK Bib #432

When I registered on that Friday morning they told me there was some confusion in the shirt order and that they would be available for pickup at the store in Flagstaff at 3 PM, about 3 hours after the run. I had to get back home for a cyclocross race the next morning, so it would be really difficult to make that pickup and then get home much before 2 AM.

Flagstaff VK Starting line at the bottom of the Arizona Snow Bowl
Flagstaff VK Starting line at the bottom of the Arizona Snow Bowl

After the run they handed me a commemorative glass and said the shirts were even slower than expected, so they might not be available until 7 PM. I asked if they could mail it, and she said sure. So I took off for home. About a week later the shirt arrived and sat at my desk while I adjusted to my new job in my new office with my new training schedule.

Flagstaff VK finish line at the top of the Arizona Snow Bowl Lifts
Flagstaff VK finish line at the top of the Arizona Snow Bowl Lifts

Here it is, and along with it, my new training main goal.

 

Flagstaff VK Tshirt RevealGot my shirt from the Flagstaff VK (Vertical Kilometer). Gotta get my train on, hey?

Posted by Seven Summits Body on Sunday, November 8, 2015

Vertical K Training: Video on the hill

Training along the flanks of Mount Mahogany outside Pleasant Grove UT. This is a branch of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail with a fork up a Strava Segment titled “Green Monster” which I hadn’t been able to find. This time there was no question and I scurried up to the fork where the segment ended. Logically since it was a T intersection to a relatively flat trail. There were grades of 40% plus on this one.

Altra Zero Drop Olympus 1.5. Not enough miles for a real review
Altra Zero Drop Olympus 1.5. Not enough miles for a real review

I have a relatively new pair of Altra Running Mens Olympus 1.5 which I’ve been breaking in. First thoughts? The medial support is a little much. The toe rocker was disturbing in the store but hardly noticeable on the trail. If I start running on pavement before running on the trail I don’t like the feel, but if I start running on pavement after running on the trail it’s all good. More later, since I don’t have all that many miles on them yet.

Skyrunning training with Black Diamond carbon fiber Z-poles
Skyrunning training with Black Diamond carbon fiber Z-poles

After my nearly 2 mile approach, after the descent some time was spent looking for a shortcut. Grove Creek Canyon seemed to be a lot closer than the Timpanogos Park parking area, so next time that will be the starting point. There was a great steep hill at the fork in the BST (Bonneville Shoreline Trail) so I did a sprint up that for some great fun. The top was a perfect setting for some pics and video.

Posted by Seven Summits Body on Saturday, September 19, 2015

Strava showed some of my usual middle of the pack mixed with top results. The key for the Vertical K will be in how long I can keep up what speed. I’ll do a few more posts next week as the date gets closer. Stay in the loop.

Strava Stats for my Saturday Vertical K Training Run
Strava Stats for my Saturday Vertical K Training Run

Vertical K Announcement

Announcement Video from Facebook: Vertical K Coming Up

Posted by Seven Summits Body on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Vertical K Stats:

  • 1000 Meters Ascent = 1 Vertical Kilometer = 3,300′ of vertical gain
  • 5 Kilometers of distance or less = 3.1 miles or less
  • 48:00 minutes = typical elite athlete time
  • Quandary = Vertical K

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