So about 5+ months ago, just as I started a new job and ran an “off-the-couch” Way2Cool 50k in the same week, I hatched an idea that in order for me to get back to my old ultra running shape and weight, I should sign up for a next big life challenge: a 100 mile race! But there are so many 100 mile races (100+ worldwide) and what is a guy who’s had the nickname “Russian Bear” for over 16 years to do? Oh. Right. Bear 100. Duh. Done. Problem solved. Right? RIGHT? Oh crap. I’m signed up.
And true to my nature of signing up for stuff first, worrying about said stuff later (see Ironman before learning swimming; see 1st 50 miler before learning what 10,000+ feet of climb really meant; etc) turns out Bear 100 is one of the toughest 100 milers in the world. What with the 22,000 feet of climbing at up to 9,000 feet elevations and that less then 1/3 of the race field finishes before 30 hours (for comparison Western States 100 has a 30 hour cut off) and what not. Soooo I better get cracking on training for this.
Luckily for me I happen to have a secret weapon in my corner: the biggest bad @$$ of all bad @$$es when it comes to ultra running … Karl “The Speedgoat” Meltzer, as my coach. Karl has won more 100 mile races (32) than most people have had thoughts about running and up until recently held the record for the fastest time in running the Appalachian Trail. So having someone who has a little bit of an insane running streak in him, as my coach and in my corner, has […]