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Spider Mountain 9 hour night trail run race report.

When Trista realized she wouldn't be able to come down for Bandera, Tejas Trails said they were happy to transfer her registration to another upcoming Tejas Trails race. We looked at our options, and the two that might have worked, schedule-wise, were J&J (formerly Nueces) and this weird new race called Spider Mountain. After offering both things up as possibilities to Coach Kristen, she selected Spider Mountain. The only thing left was to select which event in particular at Spider Mountain to do. There's a group of set-distance events: 4, 8, and 12 miles. And then there's a group of timed events: 6 hours, 9 hours, and 12 hours. We figured it might make sense to do something like the 12 mile, then maybe also the 4 mile? Get some good distance in on the hills? Or maybe the 6 hour event, which would be much longer than we've trained up to, but a nice stretch.

Coach said we should do the 9 hour. Oh shit.

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Bandera 25k 2020 race report.

We had a plan! Trista and I would do the 25k trail race at Bandera. It would be great, tough training for Rockman! It would be be Trista's first time doing Bandera! It would be my first time actually running Bandera with someone else! It would .. actually be the first time Trista and I would do a running race of any kind together! (We've only ever done swimruns together, oddly! (I mean, and triathlons, but not TOGETHER together for those.))

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SwimRun NC 2019 race report.

SwimRun Lake James in 2018 might have been the first swimrun that we did, but SwimRun NC was the race that first got me interested in swimrun. One of the features of the race is that they get some AMAZING photographers to come out and take pictures of the course and of the race, and when I saw some of those pictures after SRNC 2017, I fell in love.

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Mellow trail half marathon 2019 race report.

So we signed up for Rockman 2020. In Norway. Between that and SwimRun NC in late October, I have a lot of hills on my dance card coming up. So the last two weekends, I've gone out to the Greenbelt and done Hill of Life repeats. Well, the first weekend I did 1. 1 repeat. Up and then down. The last weekend I went up, down, up, down, up about 2 minutes and then decided that was a dumb idea, so back down again.

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Casco Bay SwimRun 2019 race report.

The seed for this idea was planted on our way to the airport after SwimRun Georgia was called for lightning. We were bummed and talking about what other races we could do, and Trista mentioned Casco Bay. I had heard the name, but really knew nothing about it. Trista said it was supposed to be a great race, but said it was "the real deal": ocean swims, long distances, and a tough race, so we should probably only consider doing the short course. We agreed we were both potentially interested, and then flew home to our separate states.

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20th Anniversary European Bike Adventure: Frequently Asked Questions

This is a combination of things people have asked us, things we learned, and things we think might be helpful to others who might want to do such a tour in the future. If you have other questions, just let me know and we'll answer!

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20th Anniversary European Bike Adventure: Day 21+, Stockholm to Chicago to Austin

And so we awoke on our final day in order to begin our journey home. Our flight was at 10:20am, so I think we got up around 5am. Which wasn't a challenge, since that's when our bodies had been wanting to get up for several weeks now, due to time zone confusion and an excess of ambient light.

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