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10/16 Friday Night - Sunset to Sunrise 40 Miler

Planning to push out from Paradise Park around 5:30pm for a HURT double.  If you are doing Peacock Flats as a training run, then this is a good build.  If you are racing Peacock Flats, think twice.

Not planning to drop supplies around except at Paradise Park.  Working on nutrition and slow pace endurance, so expect 12 hours.  For sunrise, we can grab breakfast and then start our Saturday off right!

Call if interested.  Paul 808-497-3911

H.U.R.T. 100 Drop Date Fast Approaching

Aloha Runners,

The November 1, 2009 drop date to assure a $50.00 refund is fast approaching. For those of you who are injured or not able to participate in H.U.R.T. 10, or if you would like to be removed from the wait list please notify PJ

To date there has been no movement on the wait list, however this may change with the upcoming deadline. 

Good luck to all of you in your training.

John, Jeff & PJ

Matt Stevens at the Chicago Marathon

You can follow Matt's progress at today's Chicago Marathon here. As of this writing, Matt has passed the 10K mark in 00:35:02, on track for a sub 2:30 finishing time!

Update: Matt's split half-way:   01:14:37 - still on target!

Update: Matt's struggling a little, but it still looks like a new PR for him - 2:07:26 at 35K!

Matt crosses the line in 2:38:42, 165th place overall! Congratulations!!

NEW ! Peacock 54 "Relay !"

Aloha Athletes !

In addition to the gut-busting Peacock 54, we now have the only-half-gut-busting Peacock 54 option: The Peacock 54 Relay. It's all Gordon's fault, so give him all the grief...I'm totally innocent...like I always am. So, now all of you who have used the excuse "I wasn't able to train enough" (excuse #4) have no excuse...just find another runner as a relay partner, that can handle 27 miles of Peacock, and you're all set. Just keep in mind that the Peacock 54 solo runners get more bang for their $10 entry fee...54 miles for $10, while you only get 27 miles for your $10 (sorry, both you and your relay partner pay $10 each). Plan on having the first-leg runner at the start line at Dillingham Airfield parking lot at 5:30 am, for a 6 am start and calculate their finish time. Just plan on having the 2nd-leg runner at the start/finish in time to meet your runner...you know the drill. La-dee-da ! Too much fun ! Plus, you get to see all the pain and suffering first-hand from the solo runners, especially during the 2nd loop. You may thank Gordon at the end.

Don & especially Gordon

Saturday Training 10-10-09 "Peacock again...again"

Aloha Athletes !

Well, we're almost there, with only 2 Saturday's before the Peacock 54 race on October 24, 2009. If you're not quite there training-wise, it's likely you won't be quite there training-wise on race day. Oh well...so it goes. You may have to tough it out a bit. It builds character.

So, as has been the case the past several weeks, Cheryl, Silver Buckle ET, Batman, Robin, Joker and Wonder Woman will likely (since I don't know for sure) be at the bottom of Long Road at 4:00 am (yawn), and the Old Guys will be at the Dillingham Airfield Parking lot somewhere between 7:30 am and 8 am. As you see, you have options. Hope to see you there.  D

Injury Contemplation

I came down the Kealia Trail last Saturday morning convinced that I was done. I had 38 miles on my feet and was ready to call it a day, and more importantly my quads were telling me they didn't like me very much.  But when I got to the bottom I let the morning crowd con me into going back up.  Actually they would have let me go home, but I was too macho to admit I was quiting so I followed them back up.  I finished the day with almost 54 miles on my feet. 

It felt good.  However by Monday my right knee was giving me a bit of a problem.  Nothing serious but I skipped my Monday run, and it put me even on where I would have been if I had taken it easy on Saturday and done the Monday.  It set me to thinking about listening to one's body, and I was reminded of an old post I made last year when we lost a few people to injury.  I pulled out the old post and reread it.  It applies to us all, beginner, intermediate, and old trail 'pro' .   I post it again in the hopes that it reminds us all that we are made of flesh (muscle, tendon, ligaments) and bone; all tissues that respond to our demands or mistreatment as the case may be. 

We are now entering the long haul of Peacocks and HURT.  The answers for most of us lie in the simple phrase 'Time on Feet."  It doesn't matter how fast you do a Peacock loop, what matters is how many you can do.  And often the amount of time on feet depends on the long term development curve of your own body. It can not be short cut without increasing the possibility of injury.   

Here is that old post: 

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Peacock Photos, Running, MTB, and More Biking and Running


Here is another link to the correct photo album from Johnny Landeza

Sounds like the gang had a great training weekend up Peacock way. For those of you who couldn't make it or are unfamiliar with Peacock, Wily Woo posted some great photos on Facebook. Click here to see them. By the way, where do you get the plate of food up Peacock way? I don't recall any restaurants up there.

Mike Muench continues to amaze me. Running all night up at Peacock and his upcoming 60 hour weekend. Go Mike go! Maybe that should be run Mike run!

While I have not been running up at Peacock much, I have been riding my mountain bike up there quite a bit. I am not convinced riding up there is any easier than running it. Even Barbi had some good laughs reading Mike's Ode to the Road as it feels the same biking (or worse) biking up the long paved road.

Speaking of biking--a couple of things. We spent some time this weekend out at the 24 hour mtb race out at Kualoa. We didn't race it, just used it as a good excuse to get onto Kualoa property to ride and train for XTERRA. However I do want to mention a couple of things. One, the mountain bike community here knows how to ride long and throw a party. It was really fun. While there was some pretty good partying going on, the riders who were racing, were putting down the hammer. I was impressed by the first place all men's team 40oz of Freedom. They were ripping off loops for 24 hours. 40ozs
H.U.R.T. runner and biking maniac (and I say that with all respect), Maurico Puerto rode something like 27 loops (135 miles I think) solo on a (pink) single speed bike. UNREAL dude!

Ladies Equally impressive were some of the ladies who rode all night long and put up big miles.

We fed a big bunch of riders breakfast burritos this morning. Just like at the Nuuanu aid station, they were a hit. This is Barbi's secret method of recruiting volunteers.

Finally I want to mention something, the Furnace Creek 508 took place. It is a 508 mile bike race put on by Adventure Corps, the same people who put on Badwater. I am not sure the exact route but it covers some of the same hot roads that Badwater does.

Charlie Engle who is signed up for the HURT 100 finished in 4th place overall. He won what is known as the Death Valley Cup which is a combined time for both Badwater and the Furnace Creek 508, setting a new record by 1 hour and 20 minutes. If you don't know much about Charlie, you can learn more here.


Looking into the Future: HURT Training Kick-off 11/5-11/8

The Peacock 54, in three weeks, marks the end of the Trail Series and the beginning of HURT training. The period after Peacocks is is often a time when the few courageous recover from the 54 and mull over their training schedules for the next couple of months. It is also that time when those who did not run Peacock try and convince themselves that it is really time to get out on the trails and ‘get ready’ for the HURT.  It is often a time of confusion for many runners.  It’s sad to see this happen each year.


In an effort to provide some initiative and reason for HURT training I have decided to offer everyone, local and mainland runners alike, an opportunity to get out on the HURT trails and train.  On November 5-8 I will stock the stashes, offer a T-shirt to those who make it, and, as an added incentive, throw a BBQ the following Saturday, November 14th , after morning training of course.  It will be a golden opportunity to start ‘getting ready’.  For those not running the HURT this year it is an chance to test oneself over the course and prepare.


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Chris Waddell, paraplegic athlete, summits 19,340 ft. Kilimanjaro. Amazing!

A few days ago, Waddell became the first paraplegic to summit Kilimanjaro on his own power.  You can ask my wife Lesley, Don Fallis, or me: this is a big, tough mountain to make it up on two feet, let alone Waddell's method.  Check out his blog, which is supposed to have video of his ascent and descent sometime soon.  (http://one-revolution.com/blog/)  He also tells a story in his blog about how his team brought over a prosthetic for a Tanzanian guide who had previously lost a leg in a climbing accident.  This man has now summitted twice using the prosthetic. I find these two feats remarkable and super motivating!

aloha, Matt

click here for 2 min. CBS story with video; thanks for finding this, Bob.


Ode to the Road

Something to turn those friday night dreams pleasant.....tomorrow's reality.

I headed out toward Dillingham before the Friday afternoon rush hour fouled the roads and brought the flow of traffic to a standstill. Made it there in less than an hour and with surprisingly easy driving.

Moving along the bottom of long road by 4:10, I was hoofing it up the quickly sloping road with an extra gallon of water on my back. The going was slow, very slow at first, and the longer and higher the trudge the heavier that extra gallon became. If you have not had the pleasure of doing long road I have to tell you that the first mile is pretty flat, and the 1 mile marker sits at the base of a large tree that marks the first real steep. But the road is wide and smooth asphalt making it just a 'dig-in and do it' kind of up. Farther up, at the 1.5 mile marker the road moves through a gate and becomes narrower, older, and rougher, as it turns into the first valley. There the trees get a little taller at the sides of the road offering small patches of shade in the afternoon sun, false promises of relief from the humid warmth that rises off the old asphalt and the heat of the late afternoon sun. Moving toward the back of the valley the road hair-pins and heads up once again on the first of a long succession of switchbacks.

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