As I prepare for the Marji Gesick 100 trail race, I share tips that may be helpful to other racers, especially since many of the IRONBULL Ultra Trail racers are competing in their first trail and/or ultra.
It’s taken nearly a decade, countless hours of design and building, weeks of saving milk jugs, and wheelbarrows of neighbors’ apples, but we have finally have our own fresh apple cider. Yum!
Our family loves garden fresh produce. In fact, so much it became a “problem” with our children ruining their appetite for supper!
This is my first ultra since having a family and with it has come many changes, particularly shifting my priorities in life. Here’s a sampling of how my training has evolved.
It all began with homemade pickles. Now my family has canned everything from beet greens to venison to grape jelly. Last year we canned 337 quarts of food. Now my husband won’t even touch a store-bought pickle, unless you count him pulling it out of a restaurant burger - homemade is that good.
Most people would consider a weekend B&B trip to be lounging in PJs while sipping coffee, but our B&B was a little different. To us, B&B is for all the berries and biking we enjoy each trip to the Keweenaw Peninsula.
I reminiscence about being intimidated the first time experiencing the Woodson YMCA triathlon and share stories of others including several that have overcome significant obstacles just to toe the start line.
Over the next two weeks I will be at races, but not racing. I’ve now experienced Wausau 24 bike race through many lenses: volunteer, crew, racer, and now sponsor. Coming back each time has brought new experiences as well as people to experience it with.
The Pop Tart from the Rib Mountain Adventure Challenge serves another noble purpose as fuel midway through a long training run in preparation for the Marji Gesick 100.
Recently, I traveled to Bend, Oregon for a family vacation, and of course, to gain inspiration for IRONBULL and ideas we can bring to Wausau.