Orcas Island 50k 2016

Orcas Island 50k 2016

The smiles were never forced and rarely forgotten, although once 18 miles were under my belt I found that they had to be at times forcefully remembered. Despite the hurt and blur of it all these middle miles were likely the most notable, because it was here I pushed through the drawl of weaknesses revealed. The incredible doses of elevation proved both climbing and falling to be strong suits of mine—I was even deemed Strider during this race as a result—resumed running, however, is where my legs turned to jello and fault was found.

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Home to hundreds of trails suitable to alpinists in training, the Columbia River Gorge offers easy to demanding challenges to residents of Portland and the PNW.


Exploring Oregon’s cascade volcanoes one north face at a time. The off season in particular yields stunning beauty, solitude and often untouched terrain, if not brutal conditions.


To summit the one hundred highest peaks of Oregon is a feat that few, three I believe, have ever accomplished. The sum total of their diversity is unparalleled in our nation.


 Wy'East as seen from Larch Mountain's summit during Monday's run. #runhighs  Five years is too long a leave from the heart of these fine mountains. #runhighs  Two Year Anniversary After a leisurely morning reading Katy and I ventured up East Zigzag mountain for a run, then drove Lolo Pass into Hood River to pick some amazing blueberries and get us some fine dinner in White Salmon. We cannot speak highly enough of the Wilinda U-Pick Blueberry farm. Both Will and Linda were fantastic people, too! Go get yourselves the most wonderfully sweet and tart blub's around while the getting is good! Also, they're half the price of Sauvie's.
 More Larch please. #runhighs  Nutrition, hydration, and a great pair of shoes. I have never felt so good the day after a long run, and to feel as such after the longest run to date makes it even better. Mt. Hood circumnavigation is officially checked off ... once. #runhighs #mthood  After nearly four years at the helm of Water Avenue's Roastery I decided to pack m'bags. It's been a good ride and I'm grateful for their trust and encouragement along the way. Thanks! @wateravecoffee #coffee #portlandcoffee #roaster #roastery #coffeeroaster #proaster
 From the trail to the ale, Oswald is a hit. The basil infusion is an added bonus.  Some nights are just more summer than others.  Hey, that's me! While looking for a way through traffic as Katy drives me home I noticed my accident. I've officially been hit by a car head on as a cyclist. It cracked my helmet and gave me a sizable bruise on my cheekbone as I flew over the stoned kids hood. Otherwise I'm in excellent condition considering the circumstances. My Raleigh Tamland on the other hand has seen better days. Wear your helmets kiddos.
 After traversing both on and off trail 26 miles of Oregon's most rugged wilderness I think it's safe to say I couldn't ask for better companions. This, of course, was already a known fact going into the run. #runhighs #cusickmountain #eaglecapwilderness  I'm taking a [hopefully very short] break from running due to what I believe is a mild case of peroneal tendinosis and am quite pleased with being back in the saddle of another Tamland. Larch is always a great training ride.  To the fallen.



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b : the encountering of risks <the spirit of adventure>
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience

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