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Quick Blog on the latest haps….

Last weekend was HUGE for DART-nuun and it’s team members. Cyril Jay-Rayon, Ryan VanGorder and Jen Segger won the Explore the West 24-hour adventure race in Southern Nevada. A race that Cyril, a very experienced adventure racer said “was the toughest 24 hour adventure race I’ve ever done”… not a real suprise knowing the race was put on by Team Sole’s Paul Romero and Karen Lundren. In Oregon DART-nuun team members Glenn Rogers and Aaron Rinn won the US 24-hour Rogaining National Championship – smoking the competition and clearing the course of all CheckPoints but one! Lastly, Krissy Moehl and I won the 8-hour US Rogaining National Championship.

THIS weekend RVG, Cyril, Seegs and I won the TRIOBA Sprint Adventure Race in Ellensburg, WA. The TRIOBA adventure races are the local Washington adventure series put on by the Yeager brothers. Great guys, great races = great training. This photo is DART-nuun Team Members Tyler Patterson, Jen Vangorder (1st place 2-person category), RVG, Cyril, Seegs and myself (1st place 4 person coed).

This week I actually get to taper for the NORBA Northwest 24-hour Solo Mtn Bike Championship. I can’t wait for it to be here. 24-hour mtn bike races are tough work, very very punishing on your body. My goal this year at Spokane is to at least beat the amount of laps I rode last year and break my personal record of 238 mtn bike miles in 24 hours – I figure if I can do that then I will place well. Last year this was the NORBA Nationals and I rode 17 laps, could have ridden 18 but I didn’t need to bother to secure 6th place. So as long as I get more than 18 laps this year I will consider it a success.

Some Basic Taper Principles I try to follow:

· 60-90% reduction in training volume
· Cyclists and runners reduce or even eliminate high-intensity effort
· Eliminate weight training
· Two days before the event take a rest day – no training at all
· The day before do some speed bursts during your easy level 1 session

Flipping through an old notebook today I found this quote I had written in it: “The limits you are living with right now, in every aspect of your existence, have been created by your mind.”