Tag: vertical k

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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Skyrunning Quandary Fourteener Results

I managed to get my PR on the summer route of 14,265′ Quandary, a Colorado Fourteener. Here’s a short video I took that day for you to see what it’s like. At the beginning I share a brief teaser about another project I just started. At the end is a link for you to subscribe here for the newsletter. This will qualify you for a super sweet freebie I have planned to release shortly. Besides, I have a slew of great training tips to share with you that I know will help you achieve your goals faster and simpler. Check it out.


Video report on my Quandary PR’s last Saturday. Fun times making it. Don’t forget to click the “Sign Up” button at the end to qualify for a super freebie coming your way soon. I can hardly wait for this one.

Posted by Seven Summits Body on Saturday, July 11, 2015


Here are a few Quandary PR photos too:

Quandary East Ridge just below the summit
Quandary East Ridge just below the summit
Quandary Fourteener Summit
Quandary Fourteener Summit
Quandary Fourteener Summit
Quandary Fourteener Summit
Quandary Fourteener Summit
Quandary Fourteener Summit
Mountain Goats at 13,000' on East Ridge of Quandary Colorado Fourteener
Mountain Goats at 13,000′ on East Ridge of Quandary Colorado Fourteener
Overhead view of the trail around 11,800' on Quandary Colorado Fourteener
Overhead view of the trail around 11,800′ on Quandary Colorado Fourteener

Photos from my climb of the Emmons Ridge of Mount Rainier as a co-leader of a group climb. Successful summit of Columbia Crest (the summit of Mount Rainier) on June 20, 2015

Approaching 9,000' on the approach up the InterGlacier.
Approaching 9,000′ on the approach up the InterGlacier.
Camp Schurmann at the foot of the Corridor on the Emmons Glacier
Camp Schurmann at the foot of the Corridor on the Emmons Glacier
Clean water essential on a trip like this. PurifiCup in the tent at base camp on Rainier
Clean water essential on a trip like this. PurifiCup in the tent at base camp on Rainier
Goalzero Solar keeping my Suunto Ambit 2S and my Galaxy S4 both charged at base camp on Rainier
Goalzero Solar keeping my Suunto Ambit 2S and my Galaxy S4 both charged at base camp on Rainier
Summit of Columbia Crest on Mount Rainier at 9:28 AM on June 20, 2015
Summit of Columbia Crest on Mount Rainier at 9:28 AM on June 20, 2015

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