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."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I Am Stoopid Stoopid Stoopid

  So I was out in the ravine with the Captain a couple of days ago, and it was wet and muddy. Slicker than cat-shit on a linoleum floor. So he's cruising along, having no problem with traction, but I may as well have been in my curling shoes. What's he wearing? Either the Crosslites or some Adidas trail shoes that he's been wearing forever. What am I wearing? My favourite new barefoot shoe, the New Balance Minimus !
  So the Captain says, "Were you wearing those when you slipped on the log and cracked your ribs like an idiot trail running noob" ?
  Why yes I was, Captain. And then it hit me. I have gotten so used to the grip of the Crosslite and the Inov-8 212's, that I took it for granted that it was safe to run over that stoopid wet log. But it wasn't true!
 Look at this.
My "Go To" shoes. From top to bottom, the INOV-8 212's, the NB Minimusus, the Crosslites.
Can you see the difference? I can't see the difference. So lets have a closer look.
One of these things is not like the others......
On the left, La Sportiva Crosslites. Lugs a'plenty. On the right, INOV-8 212's. Wicked grip in the mud, I swear they have Teflon˚ coating to let the mud fall off. Look at that tread.Lug city, that's where we're headed. In the middle, we have the cause of my injury. I have heard Tony Krupicka designed these, but I can only conclude they don't have clay or slippery logs in Colorado.Or maybe he just did the uppers and had nothing to do with the treads (which are made by Vibram). Those little disc thingys got covered over  with mud right away and I was an accident waiting to happen. If it's a dry trail, good shoe. If it's wet,  keep it in the closet.
Have you hugged your Crosslites (or 212's) today?
Anyhow, I am getting my 1st tattoo tomorrow, then Saturday is carb day back at M:Burger. Next run, Phlox 25K. Stoopid ribs.


  1. Yup...I hug my Crosslites daily. On my 15th pair and love 'em.

    Totally know what you mean about taking the traction for granted...wore the new Quantum today, didn't have the traction I was used to and almost bit it a couple of times in our Ontario mud.

    FYI...the upper on the new Crosslite 2.0 is more durable, though they are slightly softer in the midsole, more stable in the heel and wider...but lighter. The original Crosslite still be available and not being replaced.

    If you like minimalist shoes, you might like the new La Sportiva Xcountry. Basically a stripped down Crosslite...very, very nice and it has the upper of the Crosslite 2.0.

    Good luck with the tattoo.

  2. Thanks, Derrick, I have not seen the new Xcountry but will definitely check them out.I rememeber starting a race and looking down at my crosslites thinking they were not going to make it, then getting a few more months out of them afterwards.
    I want to get 5 tattoos, but one at a time. Got to catch up with Kendra.....

  3. you'll need more than 5 digger . . .

  4. I haven't seen you for a while.... how many?