I am off today to Yellow Springs Ohio, to attend my first Buckeye Trail Fest!
What is Buckeye Trail Fest?
The Buckeye Trail Fest is the annual meeting and celebration of the Blue Blazed Trail that winds around the state of Ohio. There are hikes, bird watching, work shops, talks scheduled for attendees. It is a very nice schedule of events, I have had to choose between favorites that are happening at the same time! A nice problem to have!
I’ve Lost My Voice!
The high tree pollen count has smote me. It started on Tuesday, at work, my voice getting huskier and huskier as the day went on. Wednesday, I had practically no voice at all, just a soft rasp. Great! I’m going to Buckeye Trail Fest to meet and talk to new people! Talking being the key word here!
Today, the voice is a bit better. I am hoping the tree pollen in Yellow Springs will be a bit more advanced than my home area, and my allergies clear up a bit. I’m prepared to bring sharpie pen and notebook and write big notes to people if needed!
What I Hope to Accomplish at Trail Fest
I want to hike in some new areas to me. I want to attend some work shops in order to learn more about the Buckeye Trail, camping, photography. I want to get some good ideas for future writings from other hikers, such as “what has been the biggest mistake you’ve made hiking” “best piece of gear” “best advice” “favorite section of the Buckeye Trail” so you may see whip out my little notebook when we’re talking-if I have a voice!
I plan on writing a Trail Fest Report next week, stay tuned for that!
Are you attending Buckeye Trail Fest? Come on over to Yellow Springs!
Post Barkley 2017 Interviews
Just in case you did not get enough of #BM100 this year, the interviews and reports have begun trickling out of tired runners everywhere.
Audio and Video
Guillame Arthus Video of his Loop One
Jamil Coury Video of his 2017 Barkley
CBC Radio with Gary Robbins
Ultrarunner Podcast with John Kelly
Bob Babbitt chats with John Kelly
The Intelligent Racer Podcast with John Kelly
John Kelly on Sports Center!
Barkley Interview with John Kelly on Pacers Running
Talk Ultra chats with Mike Wardian
Canadian Running Magazine talks with John Kelly on the Shake Out Podcast. The next two episodes of the Shakeout Podcast are with Gary Robbins.
East Coast Trail Runner Podcast with John Kelly
Amazing 8 minutes, all in French, but watch it!
Ginger Runner Live with John Kelly
Citius Mag Podcast with Jamil Coury and Mike Wardian experiences
Southeastern Trail Runner Podcast talks with John Kelly
Bad Boy Running Podcast with John Kelly interview
The Printed Word
Race Report by Brandon Staponovich
Race Report by Mikael Heerman
Print interview with John Kelly by Run Washington
A short note from Benoit Laval
Kat’s Loop One
John Kelly’s own report on I Run Far
Crew Report from Joe Kelly!
Seth Wolpin’s Race Report
Arthus Guillame’s Report
Any others posted out there? Let me know, I would like to add to my list!
It’s World Malbec Day! Fill a glass of lovely Argentinian wine and celebrate!
Malbec is one of our favorite varietal. It’s a strong red wine mainly produced in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The Malbec grape is from France, where it was used more as a blending grape in a Bordeaux wine. It found a great home in the higher altitudes of Argentina.
We have found great bottles of Malbec Wine under twenty AND under ten dollars. Hit your wine store on the way home to take the Moan out of Monday and celebrate World Malbec Day today!
Do you have a favorite Malbec?
This could be a long laundry list of things I don’t understand about bikes and biking. Where to begin?
How to install water bottle and bike kit? Where do I carry the tire inflator and spare stuff? I don’t see how this fits on the bike.
What is the best way to fix a flat? I’ve only changed the tires twice. Both at home, not on the road.
How often do I need to clean my bike and oil the chain?
When do I need to replace the brake pads? Am I breaking too much going downhills?
What is a power meter and do I need one? Is a power meter the same thing as a bike computer? Do I need a bike computer? How will it help me?
How do I know what kind of brakes I have? When do I need to replace the brake lines?
Why do my brakes squeak? Should they squeak?
How often should you replace your helmet? I do know to replace after a crash. I haven’t crashed. I think my helmet is about five years old.
Got any answers for me?
1. You’re Not Lucky Enough
Luck plays a factor. It was unlucky that the New River was unpassable in 2000 when Blake Wood had a good chance at finishing Loop Five. It was lucky that it was cold enough in 2017 that the cold temperatures woke up John Kelly from an unplanned nap and he finished five loops. It was bad luck that sleep deprivation led to a wrong turn for Gary Robbins.
2.You’re Not Fast Enough
Don’t worry, most runners are not fast enough. You may have won marathons, finished Nolans 14, set FKTs-the course terrain is so difficult that it is hard to get in within the time constraints on a loop.
3. You cannot Use a Compass and Map
It has been said that there is no course at the Barkley which is false. There is a course you must follow. The course is not marked, hence the course description and the master map. You do get to take your own map that you copied. A compass might help you in the fog and dark. You have no map or compass skills? You fail.
You didn’t do your homework
In many emails on the Barkley List, finishers and veterans have given the advice to read race reports. Read Frozen Ed’s book. Study the map. (The map is available to all from the Frozen Head State Park .) Memorize the map. One Barker this year was impressive. She had done extensive studying of the map and potential places for the books. That is a confidence builder!
4. You didn’t look up the term hubris
Hubris: excessive pride or self confidence; (in Greek tragedy) excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis. Sophie Spiedel wrote a nice blog post about the Barkley and hubris. What is the fine line of confidence versus over confidence at The Barkley?
5. Just kidding nobody is supposed to finish the Barkley Marathons
bottom line on barkley;
it is not reasonable.
but if you are in this thing to find your limits….
they are to be found “out there”.
probably not nearly as far “out there’ as you would like to think.