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Barkley Interviews and Reports

Post Barkley 2017 Interviews

Barkley Interviews and Reports

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!

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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!

Take A Break

Take a Break

I have returned from my longest vacation break ever, 18 days off work. Most of that was spent out of the country in New Zealand.  Take a break in New Zealand I’m so glad I was able to take a break.

Running

I ran and DNF’d my swan song race,  the TUM 62K.  Tarawera Falls KimbaBeing under trained and overweight and not being in any sort of a running mindset did not help me power through the race. The knee hurting and leg cramps after about 15K didn’t help either. Perhaps I will write a race report sometime. This break helped me come back as “not a runner”.  It was more of a clean break.

Social Media

I was very happy to be away from the vitriol and negativity spewing from the interwebs. We did not use our phones in NZ (we did have internet access in the evenings) and I really did not miss picking up my phone and looking at it too many times in one day!

Clean Break as new Me= Kimba 2.0

While I was running the TUM several times my thoughts went to “I used to be able to bomb downhills” ” I used to be able to do that”.  That was one of the things I had to put out of my head. I’m no longer that person, no longer that runner. I might WISH to be, but it is not going to happen.  next chapterIt’s time for me to EMBRACE the new Me. As Popeye says “I am what I am”.

New Focus

The Guidebook for biking the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Trail was waiting for me when I returned home. I immediately picked it up and got intrigued with starting to plan out this new adventure.

New Free Time

Socrates Quote

I’m no longer experiencing “guilt” for not being out there running. I have oodles of time back.  I’m looking forward to more mini adventures-exploring areas around Ohio, hiking, trail time, volunteering, work on my gardens and my home.  I have a small barn that I intend to turn into a writing retreat.New project

Adventures Out of my Comfort Zone

Adventures outside my Comfort Zone

There are adventures out there outside of my comfort zone! I know, I would like to try almost anything. But there are some activities I won’t consider-well maybe I did consider but thought better of it.

Everest

Everest fascinates me. I’ve read many books written about ascents and accidents. I even watched the movie (I don’t think it was very factual.) Everest is too cold, too high, and too expensive. Mount Everest Outside the Comfort Zone I’ve been at 14,000 feet, I can’t imagine hanging out at Everest Base Camp at 17,000 feet and then climbing up to the top of the world.

Spelunking

I do have a bit of claustrophobia. I was actually fine when I went in the underground gold mine in Silverton, but it was brightly lit and the environment was controlled. But squeezing through small spaces in the dark?

Spelunking

Photo courtesy of David A. Riggs


 Where you could get stuck? Oh, no thank you.

Shark Cage

Who ever thought it would be a good idea to get in the water with great white sharks? Did nobody see Jaws? Or that You tube clip from when the shark proved greater than the cage?

I would rather go cave spelunking.

Body/Fitness Competitions

This is perhaps more of a challenge than an adventure, but I’m sure it feels like an adventure to the men and women of muscle building/fitness competitions when they are up on stage competing.  

I do not have the mental fortitude to faithfully stick to a regimented diet and work out schedule for months on end to get to their final goal.  My hat is off to them!

What adventure is clearly outside your comfort zone? Hit me up, I might get ideas for further adventures!

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