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."

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Training Log and Bryce Canyon

    Updated Training Log For 2011
Jan-120 miles
Feb-129 miles
March-204 miles
April-69 miles (rib injury)
May-117 miles(rib injury)
June-79 miles (achillies and knee injuries)
July-195 miles (finally feeling good!)
August-196 miles
September-72 miles (lost 10 days in Italy)
October-138 miles and feeling good. Just stoopid busy at work.
November-126 miles
1445 miles for the year so far, compared with 1525 miles in 2010.
  I have to run 124 miles in December to match my total of 1569 miles from last year, and I plan on doing that, as well as cycling on my off days. That would be something, having missed 6 weeks this year with a rib injury. I did do a lot of cycling and swimming last year getting ready for Ironman Canada, and I know I was in better shape. So I plan to hit the bike again, do some weights, and try to get skinny again for next season. I've kind of let the 80/20 rule turn into the 50/50 rule with all the vacations this year. Last race of the year next weekend, the always fun Egg Nog Jog.
The first peek at Bryce Canyon from the Sunset Overlook.
  Anyhoo, onto Bryce Canyon. We first saw it two years ago when we ran the 50K Moab Xterra. I knew I had to show Bryce to Portage, and she finally got to see it.The canyon is about a three hour drive from St. George.
On the highway from St. George to Bryce Canyon. Somewhere near.....


Bryce Canyon International Airport
We spotted this shoe tree on the way into Bryce.

This "Little Deuce Coupe" has been parked here for a while.
Lonely Tree

Blue sky.

At the bottom, looking up.

Late afternoon

Rainbow Point, just over 9,000 feet.

Me and 'Tage

A snowplow we found on the trail
Tough Switchbacks

Careful, Meanie.


Good deal on some petrified wood, $1.30/lb.There are a couple of Rock stores just before the entrance.

Various quartzites, $1.90/lb.

Sculpture at the rock store

Scenic Overlook.

Portage gets a cool shot

Inspiration Point. Isn't that where Fonzie used to take his dates?

Some of the white rock at Bryce.

I think they call this "Fairyland".

"The Wall"

Lots of dead trees that don't seem to fall over.

Tree Hugger

Nice. The parking lot is at the top.

Some of the formations have names, this one is "Thor's Hammer"


We actually circumcised this whole area. It took us over 4 hours of hiking.
One last look. This is the switchback leading up to the parking lot.

Beautiful sunset on the drive home

We were all starving, and had a craving for steak. So we went to the Outback Steakhouse, and much to our surprise they had real beer!
The next day we went back to Zion (I already covered that) and so next up will be our last day in Utah. We drove the Ironman St. George course to see if we should do it in 2013. I'll let you know the answer in my next post.

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