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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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. Continue reading “Product Review – Altra Lone Peak Neoshell”

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. Continue reading “First Impression – Altra Olympus 2.0”

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. Continue reading “Product Review – Spot Gen3”