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Count on the crew?

Had a good run on a misty, cool morning. Listened to Dirt Dawg's podcast just prior to his Burning River 100 attempt in Ohio.  Dawg talked quite a bit about his extensive crew for the effort - technology guy for web  posting, nutrition crew chief, etc. Yikes.  My best 100 mile runs were totally solo.  I used to arrive at the Mohican 100, leave one drop bag at Covered Bridge and another at Rock Point, and run.  Crews can be good, but they can also create a dangerous dependence for the runner.

I can recall the Superior Trail 100 in 1993.  I went to that race fat, and dropped at 45. Had no business being there. My brother (pictured above, after finishing the Mohican 100 in 2002) on the other hand, was well trained.  He relied on a couple to help him crew, and they eventually got tired and went back to the motel to sleep! Left my brother hanging at the 80+ mile aid station.  No crew and he ran out of gas.  To this day I blame his DNF on the breakdown in crew/runner dynamics.  If you can, go it alone.

Dawg gave 'ol master competitor another nice shout-out; I had sent an email regarding his post on running in North Carolina.  We both love the pain of them thar' hills!

Rode the mountain bike at Kerr Scott Dam again yesterday.  Damp and muddy but all good, bike is better with front suspension adjusted and bottom bracket greased and tightened.  I rode at a casual pace, grabbed a mid-range gear off the middle chainring and stayed there most all day.  A bit of advice: 29ers are cool, and the big diameter wheels do roll over the rough terrain really well.  But I'd shy away from the hardtail.  This 53-year-old back of mine doesn't like to take the hits and a rear shock would soak up much of that.

If you're looking for a training routine, here's a rundown of my schedule:

Monday am:  90 minute run on Boone area greenway and surrounding trails.
Monday pm:  Bistro Roca group bike ride up out of Blowing Rock onto parkway and home.  30 miles.

Tuesday am:  90 minute run to top of Appalachian State University campus, then two loops of trail system near solar windmill.
Tuesday pm:  Eastside Ramblers group ride, various loops 25-30 miles.

Wednesday am:  Repeat 90 minute greenway run.
Wednesday pm:  Lay around and watch Netflix

Thursday am:  Repeat 90 minute campus loop and trails.
Thursday pm:  Group ride out of Valle Crucis; time trial 12 miles out and back, climb on way out, haul the mail on the way back.

Friday am:  Repeat 90 minute greenway run.
Friday pm:  Lay around and watch Netlfix.

Saturday am:  "Off" day; take commuter bike and ride with Watagua Leisure Cycling group...10-15 easy miles.

Sunday:  Go to Kerr Scott Dam after church for  two hour mountain bike ride, out and back on Overmountain Victory Trail with Shiner's Run loop on return.

It's a good program.  Of course, there's always room for more.  Hope to step it up and get serious soon.


  1. Given my DNF maybe it is time to go back to just depending on myself to get to that finish line.


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