Category: Blog

Building The Garden

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 This has been a lot of work. Today was the day that the garden was built to actually support usage, although tomorrow probably begins the process of enhancing, repairing, and modifying. Here are the specs: Main garden is 30′ by 12′ with four mounds about 1′ high and 18″ wide Garden […]

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Grandma’s Marathon Bike-Run Double

Trip Plan: Bike the Grandma’s Marathon course in reverse, from the finish line to the start line. Drop the bike, change to running gear and run the Grandma’s Marathon course back. Start Time: Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 6:09am GPS Data: Bike 26.4 miles Run 26.6 miles Time: Bike: 1:12:55 Transition: 0:03:00 Run: 3:29:46 Total […]

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Frozen 4 Hour Race Report

Race Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 – 9am There was excitement at the start line for the four hour loop race. I don’t think many people had done a fixed time winter trail run before. It was my birthday. I think that might have been a first for me, too, racing on my birthday. Either […]

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Vasaloppet 42k Classic Race Report

Race Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 10:00am I felt somehow calm at the start line, despite the fact that it was really crazy… I was about to begin a really long ski, a ski race in fact, with many others around me, after less than a month of learning and training!? What else but […]

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Northwoods Winter Marathon Race Report

Race Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 – 9:30am After very challenging conditions one year prior, I was certain by race week that the trail surface at this year’s Northwoods would be prime. All it takes is one day to totally destroy or totally repair the trails in winter but the forecast looked prime and things […]

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Buzz Ryan Road Winter Camping

Trip Plan: Ski pulk to Buzz Ryan Campsites in the Boulder Lake Management Area. Winter camp two nights in the hot tent and explore the area on fat skis. Date: December 20-22, 2019 GPS Data: Ski pulk 2 miles Ski 14.5 miles Ski pulk 1.8 miles Day 1 – Friday, December 20, 2019 My dream […]

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Ultimate Wildman Challenge Race Report

Wild Duluth 100k Race Day: Saturday, October 19 – 6am Terribly Tough 10k Race Day: Sunday, October 20 – 9:30am I had a pit in my stomach in the dark, headlamp shining, as I stood with 80 other runners at the start line of the Wild Duluth 100k. Sure, I was a bit nervous. 100 […]

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Rossini Road Adventure Duathlon

Trip Plan: Drive to Superior Hiking Trail Rossini Road Trailhead, run ~38 miles back to my house (.3 miles off the SHT), grab my bike and take a road/gravel route ~36 miles back to my car. Start Time: Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 7:55am GPS Data: Run 38.5 miles Bike 34.5 miles Time: Run 7:52:08 […]

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Brewhouse Triathlon Race Report

Race Date: Sunday, August 4, 2019 – 8:30am I strolled up to the race venue at beautiful Island Lake outside of Duluth with a bit more than an hour before race time. It was nervewracking to feel late! I felt confident in my abilities to win this race for the 8th time and just wanted […]

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St. Louis River Paddle-Portage-Bike

Trip Plan: Drive to Chamber’s Grove Park, paddle on St. Louis River out the Aerial Lift Bridge to Leif Erickson Park via Lake Superior. Portage my paddleboard up 7 blocks to the shed at my house. Bike from my house back to my minivan via Skyline Parkway and Mission Creek Boulevard. Start Time: Friday, August […]

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Grandma’s Marathon Race Report

Race Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 7:45am At the start line, lined up next to my friends Ian and Kyle way up front, I said “let’s get that three hour boys”. Then the moment where you know the start is imminent, then air horns through the microphone and the huge mass lurches forward. Nobody […]

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Apostle Islands Inline Marathon Race Report

Race Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 – 8:30am Inline skating is a fun way to race. I was super excited to race a marathon, 26.2 miles, on skates, and had a pretty laid-back attitude towards Apostle Islands Inline Marathon up to race week. I actually got some good training in, felt pretty confident that I […]

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