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2012 Year In Review

Posted Dec 31 2012 2:49pm
I wasn't going to offer a post like this up... but I've really noticed a lot of my fellow ultra runners offering up a year in review post. There's nothing wrong with taking a look back, though in the past I've been accused of self-promotion and ego-stroking with posts of this type. Funny how times change. As the number of blogs in our sport has increased, so has the number of "Year in Review" posts. I personally believe in reflection as being a valuable tool in learning. This year, I felt, was rather lack-luster. A down year for sure; low miles, fewer races, a little more rest, huge life changes, another DNF, and a mind blowing Journey Run. So it's with all of that in mind that I offer up my 2012 Year In Review Post.

The warmest January I've ever experienced in my life as temperatures here in the Front Range hovered in the 60's all month. I'll never forget running the South Side 50K in South Boulder in shorts mid month. It was a busy month having run that Fat Ass, and my own Frozen Front Range Marathon. Through these two events, I finally started to meet folks in the area and really enjoy running with all of them. I bought a GoPro camera finally, and decided to really try and show folks the places that I run from my own point of View. And you can't forget the end of the month Streak.. what has become a January Tradition.
Sunny and warm in mid January
But it was freezing cold for Sanitarado

FebruaryI organized the Frozen Dead Guy 50K which featured a run from Nederland, CO back down to Boulder. It'll be a long time before I forget our group getting off course, bushwhacking through waist deep snow, scrambling up icy rock faces.. and finally making it back to Boulder on a gorgeous Colorado afternoon. I even enjoyed the opportunity to start guiding snowshoe adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park.
MarchI went down to Durango in March to participate in the Regional Association of Experiential Education Conference. I presented 3 workshops down there, the best and most well received was the one on how Ultra-Running can be used an an expeditionary learning tool. The High Line Canal 100K was my monthly winter Fat Ass, and running for so long on a flat old railroad bed proved to be tougher than most folks think. I was lucky to once again be enjoying an exceptionally warm day for that run where temps soared into the 70s.

AprilI enjoyed a night out, camping, in Buena Vista while I prepared to run in the Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler. A gorgeous race with ,ind blowing scenery, a fantastic course.. a bit difficult with tight cut-offs.. yet we finished. The green finally came back to the Front Range and I enjoyed the many out and back runs on the Mesa Trail with my new friends in the Colorado Mountain Ninjas.

MayWords could never describe, accurately, what I witnessed and experienced while running across the Grand Canyon. Quite simply the most amazing adventure I've ever embarked on.. and I can't wait to do it again in 2013.
JuneI went up to Wyoming and ran in the Big Horn 100 Miler. I left disappointed with a DNF, but am glad to have had the opportunity to run in such a gorgeous place. There are few places in this country that still make you feel like you're in the wild.. and gives you an appreciation for how big this place actually is. After the DNF, I enjoyed helping Jerry Armstrong produce a new Running Is Fun video for all to enjoy. I also finally reached the summit of Longs Peak, a mountain with such immense beauty and intrigue; yet one with hair raising sections that helped me decide later in the summer that I prefer not to hike it regularly.
Big Horn Mountains, WY 
My first 14er - Longs

JulyAnd then it got quiet. I released my latest documentary film "90 Percent" which speaks about the mental aspect of running Ultramarathons.

AugustIn August, I went up to Steamboat to run in the Mt. Werner Classic. A 50k that was old school ultrarunning, and a ton of fun. My performance was lack-luster but I made another new friend. Then, my whole life changed with the birth of my son, Carter.

September The Patriots had lost

OctoberI committed to returning to the Vermont 100 and revolutionizing the way I eat and care for my health. A sub-optimal check-up will do that to you. I managed to return to peak-bagging and bushwhacking here in the Front Range.. which has excited me greatly as well.
NovemberThe return to Fat Ass season started with a huge turnout in Boulder for The Brass Knuckle Shuffle. I was humbled with nearly 30 runners showing up to partake in my first winter event of the year.

DecemberIt's been back to running, my first month with over 100 training miles in a long time, and losing 10 pounds. Fat Ass season continued with the S is for Santa 50K+.. pleased with my 37 mile time of 8:10. I'm feeling better than ever, and a lackluster year is going out on a very high note. I'm looking forward to 2013 and all that it will bring. More time with my son, my return to the Vermont 100, running in the Grand Canyon again.. this time with 20+ friends. I'm excited. I'm also happy to have provided the ultra community with a new Fat Ass website, a database for every Fat Ass in America to remind us that Ultras used to be free. :)
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