Race Report: Ford Ironman Arizona 2008

Race Report: Ford Ironman Arizona 2008

Someone once told me that races are nothing more than an event where you can show off how hard you have trained, and I think that an Ironman triathlon represents this more than any other type of event. The more I am involved in endurance sports — my past is in soccer and more traditional sports — the more I appreciate the work ethic it takes to be good at these events. You can’t fake it, and you can’t walk up to the start line and gut it out. It may not be your day even if you are well trained, but it will never be your day if you are not.

12 hours + 26.2 miles = ?

12 hours + 26.2 miles = ?

I’m likely in over my head this weekend: At 1 p.m. this afternoon I’m heading to North Dakota to race in the state’s first-ever adventure race, the 12-hour Extreme North Dakota Adventure Race. (It’s an event being put together by my Great Plains yoga buddies, Jason Magnus and Sam Salwei of YogaSlackers.com fame.) Then, on Sunday morning, I’ll toe the line at the Twin Cities Marathon to run 26.2 miles through my home town of Minneapolis. Ouch.

Inov-8 Race Pro 12 Pack

Inov-8 Race Pro 12 Pack

Inov-8’s new Race Pro 12 is an “elite lightweight hydration pack” made for trail running, cycling, adventure racing, and other off-trail excursions where speed is goal No. 1. Indeed, this pack weighs less than a pound when empty (15.5 ounces), and includes a minimal feature set: There’s about 12 liters of capacity in the main compartment; a large stretch mesh pocket on back; hip-belt pockets; reflective piping for nighttime visibility; and a nice harness system that hugs when you run. Oh, and did I mention the horizontal hydration bladder. . .

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