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Things I Don’t Understand About Biking

Things I Don't Understand About my Bike

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?

 

 

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Five For Friday: Five Reasons Why You Won’t Finish the Barkley Marathons

Five Reasons You Won't Finish the Barkley Marathons

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.

-laz

 

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Top 10 Activities to Pursue While Waiting on Barkley Updates

Top 10 Activities to Pursue While Waiting on Barkley Updates

The Barkley Marathons

10. Go for a run. There won’t be much word of runners until they return to camp. The fastest runners, who successfully stay on course, could be back in seven to nine hours. Others will return much later, maybe within the twelve hour cutoff, but probably not.

The Barkers do a good job of not giving out much information in the first day of the race. There could be someone Tweeting or FBing who may give out a name.  Don’t get frustrated when a runner is identifed as “Female Runner back at camp”.  As the attrition rate grows, it will become rather apparent who is still out on the course.

9. Read the race report for the first finisher of the Barkley, Mark Williams.  If you are a Barkley historian fan, you will see how some things have changed over the years.

8. Read an interview with Jared Campbell, the only three time Barkley finisher.

7. Listen to an interview with Rhonda Avery, the first blind competitor to enter the Barkley.  Read her blind runner guide  report.

6. Read “The Immortal Horizon” penned by Leslie Jamison, from the 2012 Barkley. This is the essay that Annika and Tim, producers of the documentary read and became intrigued by this train wreck of a race.

5. Watch some cool video from Jamil Coury’s 2015 attempt.

4. Read Parts One and Two of Heather Anderson’s 2015 Attempt. Anish, record holder of the  PCT,  AT, and Arizone Trail  Unsupported Fastest Known Time (FKT).

3. Listen to Dirt Dawg interview John Fegyversi on his 2012 Barkley finish,

2.  Watch The Barkley Marathons Documentary: The Race That Eats Its Young

1. BUY Frozen Ed Furtaw’s book “Tales From Out There” The History of the Barkley Marathons.

Is anyone back to camp yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frozen Head Bound


I am going to Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee! I’m psyched!

Frozen Head Bound Weekend

 

Why on earth am I going to visit a state park in Tennessee the first weekend of April? Is this a joke? Nope, it’s the Barkley Marathons.

Barkley Marathons The Race That Eats It Young

Barkley Movie

If you read my blog at all, you will have an inkling what the Barkley is. If not, go here or here. From my blog in 2011 “He’s been at the Barkley, completed two laps..he’s a Barkley runner some murmured trail talk, looking at the unassuming skinny runner ahead. Newby ultra runners are in awe. Then someone asks the question, “what is the Barkley?”

The Barkley is April Fool’s Weekend 2017.

My History with the Barkley

Hold on to your Manhood Bib Barkley

From my blog in 2012..”I am such a Barkley geek.

I’ve been fascinated by this race since I became an ultra runner.  When I had my podcast, in 2007, I had the pleasure of interviewing Laz and then Flying Brian Robinson after his course record….”

 

Weekend Off

Bad Things Barkley Biblt ended up being my four day weekend off work. I had several options on fun things to do. There is a Wilderness First Aid Course at Spruce Knob, West Virginia. I could learn something, hike the great trails.

Excuses To Go

Barkley BibBut I also wanted to attend the Barkley in person, at least once! See the famous yellow gate, go for a hike or two, maybe catch a glimpse of a runner at the Fire Tower.  I know folks that are part of the race, but I didn’t have a compelling reason, other than just hanging out.

Crewing

Bad Things Barkley Bib

I sent a few emails, seeing if any friends were in the race this year. Note: the list of runners is not made public. Runners may “out” themselves, such as Gary Robbins, Mike Wardian, Jamil Coury have declared.  Other runners keep it on the down low.

A friend of mine is in the race, and I am crewing for my friend! I don’t have permission at this time to say whether my friend is “Out” or not, so no names at this time.

Crewing Responsibilities

This might be the easiest crew job ever. I will only see my runner once a loop, when they return to camp. I will have soup, wraps, coffee, soda, ready to serve, first aid kit available. The idea is to do a quick turn around and get them back Out There. Then my day will be mine to hang out at the campground or go for a hike.

Are you going to follow the Barkley this weekend? Check #BM100 for any updates!

National Puppy Day

It’s National Puppy Day!

National Puppy Day

There are ways to celebrate National Puppy Day, check them out here!

Post them if you got them! I got to experience 6 out our 8 dogs as puppies. Sandal and Tackle came to us as adults. I do have a picture of Sandal as a puppy.

Sandal Puppy

I can’t watch Marley and Me after having a yellow lab. Sandal was our loviest dog ever.

 

Tino as puppy

Tino 2004

Tino was such a sturdy little puppy.

Tino Puppy

Alice Puppy

Alice as a pup

Alice Puppy Bra

Yes that is a 50 dollar bra she is tugging on

Alice Grown Up

It’s amazing how cuteness can grow up to badassery.Jules Puppy

Jules did outgrow his initial resemblance to a possum.

Jules still a puppy

Tino Condi Puppy

Condi took no crap from her big brother.

Condi Puppy

Danny Zilla Puppy

Our first two original puppies, Rodan and Godzilla. Terrors of the house. The original “Bad Dogs”.  Nobody has lived up to their reputation since.

Danny Puppy
Tackle adult puppyTackle came to us as an adult. This is one of the first pics we have of him, closest to a puppy. I bet he was a cute big pup!
Tackle ZillaDo you have puppy pictures???

Celebrating the Last Day of Winter! Hike Report Senecaville Buckeye Trail

The Last Day of Winter The hike was organized as a point to point hike with a few vehicles staged for shuttling back. This location is in the Belle Valley Section of the Buckeye Trail, Points 16 thru 18 on the map.

BT HIkers on the Last Day of Winter

It was an awesome hike on the Buckeye Trail in the Belle Valley Section, by the Senecaville Dam. It was a 4.54 mile hike, mostly “off road” which means “on trail!”

Off road on the Buckeye Trail

Nice Day on the Buckeye Trail

Winter is still holding on with the lack of greenery, but the temperature was nice in the forties, good for hiking weather.Nature Day on the Buckeye TrailBlow down on the Buckeye TrailParts of this section need a little bit of work, as evidenced by this blow down about one mile into the section.Another uphill on the Buckeye TrailThere are some good hills on this section.
Fire Tower on the Buckeye TrailYou know if you are by a fire tower you’re on the highest point in the area at 1198 feet.

It would be hard to beat this view from this location.

Last hill on the Buckeye Trail

The last hill-really! The five kids on the hike were troopers.

A nice view from the last hill top.
End of Trail Buckeye Trail

Trail end here! We had shuttled vehicles so we could all thru hike the section.End of Trail Selfie

Did you get out for a hike or run on this last day of winter?

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Word A Day Challenge

I Survived My Journal a Word a Day Challenge!

Word A Day Challenge

After achieving my first #30 Days of Lists, I thought I would continue on with the art journalling as a new hobby. My idea for October was to randomly select a “word” for the day, and then journal around that.

Borders Word a Day Challenge

The only two days I made exception for was October 16-the hubs birthday, and the word was Ottobre-which is our last name, which means “October” in Italian, and October 31, which the word is of course, “Halloween”.

Word A Day Challenge

Overall, I enjoyed my thirty day challenge. I only got behind late in the month, where running/training took over more of the day than journalling.

Word A Day Challenge

How did I pick a word? I would reach behind me, on the bookshelf, select a book, and hit a word with a marker.

I did one pronoun, then chose only nouns. Adjectives, pronouns  were too hard.

Word A Day Challenge

The one fail? “Squalid”. Wasn’t up to journal that one.

Word A Day Challenge squalid

I generally used dictionary.com to look up the definition of the word.  Then I would consult Pinterest. This led me down several paths with some words that I didn’t really know about before.

Like “The map is not the territory”.

Word A Day Challenge

Map is Not the Territory Word a Day Challenge

Some words led immediately to association. Thing-I thought of Thing 1 and Thing 2, from Dr Seuss.  Then, of course “Thing” from the Adams Family and the vehicle!

Word A Day ChallengeHere are several examples of my work from the month!

Word A Day Challenge

Word A Day Challenge

Document Word a Day Challenge

Ever made a smash book? It’s my favorite form of scrapbooking/journalling!