Treadmill Sled Pulls

I’m currently training for a pretty brutal 80 mile winter ultra. The weather conditions can vary significantly from year to year, but it’s always snowy and miserably cold. Last year it was negative 12F at the start and dropped even colder over night. Given the extreme conditions, everyone has to carry 20-30 pounds worth of emergency supplies just in case things don’t go as planned.

The tough part about training for this kind of race is that it’s not all that convenient to routinely drag 30 pounds of stuff behind you on training runs. This year in Minneapolis, it’s been an unseasonably warm start to Winter, so even at just 5 weeks out from the event, we haven’t had enough snow to get in a practice run with my sled. I don’t have a tire either and have no desire to add a giant tire to my already overflowing apartment, so my outdoor options for sled pulling are non-existent. So, I had to figure out a way to train for an 80 mile sled pulling race while indoors.

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World's Toughest Mudder: Fitness Vs Toughness

Just how important is your running ability in an event like this? Do you need to run a blistering fast 5k if you want hope to put up 50+ miles in WTM, or is toughness all you need? I set out to answer this question by analyzing self-reported running times from a sampling of WTM athletes. I polled athletes to investigate the correlation between running ability at various distances and WTM performance. Effort was made to get accurate and recent race results or honest best-effort estimations based on recent training sessions. If you’re interested in the computations or how I acquired the data, see the “about the data” section at the end of the analysis.

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Fitness Tips From Bali: Part 1

I really do love traveling - seeing new places, immersing myself in different cultures, and stepping outside of my comfort zone. But as with any adventure, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Some aspects of travel are challenging.

I knew at the beginning of the trip that I’d have to do a totally different workout regimen if I wanted to maintain my fitness during my month away from home. And boy did it work!

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