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Gemini Adventures

20 Dec 2010

Winter Thrills and Chills-Adventures in the Cold

Depending on where you live, and how you approach the season, winter can mean many things to endurance athletes. For some, trails remain open and accessible, for others, deep snow and deeper freezes change everything. This article will explore a few of the techniques and special pieces of equipment that can help make winter adventures safer and more fun. I can’t stand the treadmill. Sorry, I just can’t do it. And the thought of being sequestered to road running for […]

19 Dec 2010

Desert R.A.T.S. 2010 by Jeff Owsley

When one faces the epic challenge of Desert RATS, it helps to be prepared. The more unprepared one is, the greater the opportunity to learn. I felt like a kindergartener in the Ivy League. I benefited from RATS being so difficult that it attracts highly experienced and successful ultra running athletes. It was wonderful to be a grasshopper among master gurus. One of the most basic lessons I learned is you just have to accept where you are and make […]

18 Nov 2010

Wind River Crossing 2010

Dubois, WY – In the mid-1990s, I spent a few weeks mountaineering in Wyoming’s Wind River Range and was amazed by the range’s beauty, enhanced dramatically by its rugged remoteness. While there are no 14,000’ peaks in the Winds, it is considered one of the wildest, most heavily glaciated ranges in the continental United States. A few years later, I began running ultra-distance events and was particularly fond of running in wild places with minimal support. That’s when the idea […]

17 Nov 2010

Sleeplessness, Miller High Life, Full Moons and The Village People

I’ve run this 24 hour race at the Boulder Reservoir twice before. The last time I was here I was a few hours into it, big smile beaming on my face, running out in front with Ryan Cooper. Ryan turned to me and said “You know, we’re on a 148 mile pace.” I should have taken that as a warning and slowed down. Instead, I just kept smiling and running just as hard, and then a few more hours into […]

15 Mar 2010

Treadmill

Running on the treadmill is not something I look forward to…but for a variety of reasons, I spend more than a few miles per week on the treadmill. With the cold weather and short days, Reid asked me to share a few hints that may help you survive the treadmill and ultimately help you keep that winter base. 1. Write yourself a weekly mileage plan and stick to it. If weather, or child care, or odd running hours mean you […]