Zion Canyon 2011

Zion Canyon 2011
Zion Revisited 2011

How To Approach an Ultra or Ironman

Jordan Rapp quote sums it up!

This Jordan Rapp quote sums it up.
"It's about the process. It doesn't matter what you do tomorrow and it doesn't matter what you did yesterday. It's about today, and making today count. That's especially true in training, but it's the same mentality that I carry into racing. Focus on the task at hand, not on the finish line, or the next part of the race, but what it is that is right there in front of you in the moment."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Paleo Eating and Ultra Running. Can it be Done? Yes and No.

Still not much going on, just eating,sleeping,working, and ramping up the mileage. Spring is trying to break out, but it was -8˚C this morning. We had a good thaw last week, the river rose about 3 feet with all the snow melt runoff, you can see how high it got on the icicles before receding.
Those are big icicles, that gap is 3' or so.
  So the whole "Paleo-Ultra" thing is a bit confusing for some people. I eat paleo, except for runs more than 90 minutes, when I will suck back a gel every half hour or so. I find 90 minutes is about as long as I can go before running out of gas.I HATE crashing, or bonking,as some call it. That is no fun, especially when you are running with a group that just laughs at you and will leave you in the middle of the woods while continuing on their merry way. And you can be certain the next morning you will receive 10-12 emails entitled "KABOOM!"
  So what have the Digger's been eating recently? Check this out. Wednesday, I made baked chicken and baby back baby back baby back ribs,

Lots of leftovers
And on Sunday night, I made a spectacular primal meatloaf from a recipe we stole from a guest on "The Barefoot Contessa"( Portage's favourite cooking show). The guest Ina had on( Kevin Penner) is known for the best meatloaf in New York.

One lb. ground beef,one lb. ground pork, one lb. ground veal, all organic. a tablespoon each of thyme, parsley and chives. A tablespoon of salt, pepper to taste. Some cayenne or diced jalapeno if you like it spicy.Add some whipping cream if it's too dry, but that's unlikely.
Saute a large onion and 3 stalks of celery in some coconut oil or butter until soft.Add this to the meat.

Mix it all evenly together and make it into a loaf shape. Bake it at 350˚F for about 50 minutes. Check it with a meat thermometer.
This is the "gravy".2 cups of beef broth,8-10 cloves of roasted garlic and that's at least 3 tbsp's of butter floating in there. Maybe more. Simmer and reduce for 10-15 minutes. Spoon it over the loaf just before serving.
Roasted broccoli and zucchini for the side dish.
So here's the finished product.
That's Nice Looking, and it's Primal
More leftovers for lunch
Someone asked me what a Golden Poo was. Here is a photo of the white fanged terror herself. Looks can be deceiving, she goes all "Cujo" whenever anyone dares to walk past the house."Guard those leftovers, Coal!"
And Finally, here's a couple of shots I hope I won't be seeing again soon, even though they're very picturesque;

Breaking the trail............
I'm Guessing a  Mountain Biker Got Wet!
I'm still ahead of last years mileage, with the Pennsylvania 50k coming up in less than 4 weeks. First race of 2011.Sweet.Hopefully the snow will be all gone.
January 2010-Ran 70 miles    January 2011-Ran 120 miles
February 2010-Ran 120 miles   February 2011-Ran 129 miles


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