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10: Licking Orange Slices

Your hosts take a deeper look at the gear that carried them through the Broken Arrow Skyrace and what food they love eating at aid stations. We answer the question how important mental strength is during a long race and how cool it would’ve been if Mathias’ iPhone had any juice left for some music on the last few miles of the race.

We also dive into some Western States coverage from last weekend and try to find the story beyond the top ten finishers and how the current coverage favors the pros.

This episode of SINGLETRACK is brought to you by Kevin Hayward’s Statefarm agency in Lacey, WA. Stop by his office, reach out to him on social media and shoot him an email at kevin@laceywainsurance.com. Thank you for supporting the show.…

3 weeks ago
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9: Road Trip to Broken Arrow Skyrace

This is our very very special Road Trip episode. Douglas and I wanted to capture the thrill and the essence of our road trip all the way from Olympia to Squaw Valley by Lake Tahoe where we finally got to run the Broken Arrow Skyrace.
There’s a lot in this episode, a detailed breakdown of Douglas and Mathias’s races and some choco tacos.

4 weeks ago
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8: Attack of Gravity

Almost road trip time! Your hosts are discussing plans for their trip down to Tahoe for the Broken Arrow Sky Race. Doug also gives a detailed play-by-play of his recent crash on the trails where he tripped downhills and fell flat on his face. Glad he’s okay! This is a great time to remind everyone of the importance of bringing your “10 Essentials” and proper protection when heading onto the trails. Be safe out there, guys!

SHOWNOTES:
• Doug’s run on Strava

• Trail Running 10 Essentials with Gary Robbins.

• Ten Essentials on The Outdoor Society:

• REM: All the way to Reno
• Skyrunning in the USA

• Doug’s nervous face heading to the South Kaibab trailhead at 5am to begin our R2R2R attempt last year.…

1 month ago
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7: Please don’t take me to a Lake

With less than two weeks to their first big race of the season Douglas and Mathias compare final notes and training runs thus far. When will tapering begin, what are their plans for nutrition on race day, and what shoes will they be wearing?
Also: A first look at some planned adventures in the mountains once the final snow is melted and they are fully recovered from their race in Tahoe.

2 months ago
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6: ‘It levels up a bit and then it drops down again’

Douglas takes a road trip to Badlands National Park and Mathias wakes up early to run up Mt. Rose, twice – finally. Training for Broken Arrow is going well for the both of them and they are pushing themselves to keep up their mileage and elevation goals. Mathias bought new shoes – thank you REI anniversary sale, and Douglas has holes in his running socks.

Shownotes:
Badlands National Park

Mt. Rose

Mt. Rose full trail description in our 52 Olympic Peninsula Hikes guide book.

Scarpa Spin Mathias’ new running shoe

Mathias’ favorite everyday running socks

2 months ago
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5: Complaining about Californians

Hungry as always Mathias and Douglas continue to dig into their training routine leading up to their next big race: Broken Arrow Skyrace at Lake Tahoe. They discuss diners in middle America, the best use of poles while attacking hills and why trail running is vastly superior to city marathons.

Shownotes:
• Best poles for trail running: Black Diamond Distance Z Trekking Poles
• Beast of Big Creek Trail Race report
• Logan Pass at Glacier National Park

2 months ago