Product Review – Altra Olympus 2.0

Altra Olympus 2.0

After a long Utah winter that saw me unexpectedly putting hundreds of miles on my Altra Lone Peak Neoshell, the weather finally changed and I’ve been able to get a full lifetime out of my Altra Olympus 2.0.  If you haven’t had a chance, feel free to check out my first impressions of the Altra Olympus 2.0 and then come back here for the full review.

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Gorge Waterfalls 100k Race Report

In front of Wahkena Falls

Late last year, some friends in one of my local running groups, Wasatch Mountain Wranglers, signed up for the Rainshadow Running Gorge Waterfalls 100k and posted in our Facebook group.  Caught up in the subsequent fervor, and with my eye on wanting to qualify for Western States, I jumped at the chance and signed up!  The race ended up selling out in less than a day, so I’m really glad I made the decision before it was too late.

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Product Review – Mio Link Heart Rate Wristband

Mio Link

Photo credit: Mio Global

I’d been eyeing the Mio Link Optical Heart Rate Monitor for a few months having seen the Mio technology (which was developed in conjunction with Philips) slowly show up directly integrated in to more and more watches like the Garmin Forerunner 225 and TomTom Cardio, so about 6 months ago I decided to pull the trigger and order one.

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Automatically Syncing your GPS Watch to Strava

Strava Logo

Did you get a new GPS watch over the holidays and wonder how you could automatically link your data to your Strava account without having to manually enter it?  Are you tired of importing and exporting GPX, TCX, and FIT files? Did you even know that it was possible to automatically upload your data to Strava?

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Product Review – Altra Lone Peak Neoshell

Altra Lone Peak Neoshell

Altra Lone Peak Neoshell (Photo Credit: Altra)

The Lone Peak Neoshell is Altra’s winter specific shoe, and is based on the popular Lone Peak 2.0. While they may both be zero drop, have the same foot shaped toe box, look (mostly) identical, be built on the same last, and share the same name; the Neoshell is distinctly different thanks to a partnership with Polartec. The Neoshell upper is built from a proprietary material provided by Polartec that makes the Neoshell waterproof.

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2015 Running Year In Review

2015 Year In Review

I always enjoy looking back at my year of running on the last day of the year and seeing what I accomplished (or didn’t), seeing if I met my goals, and just re-living some of my running memories (highs and lows) as I review my log data.  

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First Impression – Altra Olympus 2.0

Altra Olympus 2.0

Altra Olympus 2.0

I haven’t been shy in the past, around anyone that will listen, about the previous generations of the Altra Olympus (the 1.0 and 1.5) and my general opinion of those versions of the shoe is that while they are meant to be a hybrid road/trail shoe, they are too heavy for the road and have really terrible traction for the trail, so they just aren’t really good for either.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Strava

Strava Logo

Most of us are familiar with Strava as a tool to track our activities and the fastest of us can claim bragging rights for KOMs, QOMs, and CRs but did you know for the rest of us, there are some pretty cool features you may not even know exist?

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Product Review – Spot Gen3

Spot Gen3 (Photo Credit: Spot)

Spot Gen3 (Photo Credit: Spot)

Being an ultra runner living in Utah means a lot of my running and mountain biking adventures occur in the mountains and in remote locations that have poor or no cellular reception.  I also tend to run/ride alone quite often, and lately, those runs and rides have been getting longer and longer.  For the sake of my family, I started looking around at various options in the event that there was some type of emergency, and I stumbled upon the Spot Gen3.

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Mt Hood 50k Race Report

Mt Hood 50k

Mt Hood 50k

I initially entered the lottery for the Mt. Hood 50 miler but was not lucky enough to be one of the 200 people accepted, and to add insult to injury, I was about 180 deep on the wait list (meaning my name was picked 380th or so).  

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