Hi all, I thought of tapping into the collective wisdom of the HURT population to get some suggestions and/or advice on good running hydration backpacks and vests. Also where to get said packs. Thank you all for your opinions, Mark Speck.
HURT 100 Training Shirts and HURT Trail Series Shirts will be available for purchase at the Pre Race Meeting for the 2012 HURT 100 Ultra held on Friday. There will be a limited amount of sizes and colors there, so if you want to be sure and get exactly what you want, please preorder at http://missionpositivefilms.com/store/hurtproducts.html .
Also, there is a 15% discount available for all HURT participants and supporters for any of the DVD's or Books ( not the shirts ) ordered through the website or purchased at the PreRace meeting. Just use discount code HURT2012 at checkout. That discount will be available through Monday, January 16th, 2012.
Please note that Credit Card payments will not available at the meeting, only cash or checks. If you want to pay be Credit Card, please preorder on the website, and choose " Pick Up at the Meeting " for the shipping choice.
I have corresponded with all the Trail Series RDs recently, and everyone replied indicating the missing tables and coolers were not in their possession. We know the stuff is out there somewhere (three orange drink coolers, two big white Costco tables, and one shorter white Costco table).
RDs, please think of anyone and everyone involved with your races that might have helped take these items away from one of the races. I suspect someone took the items and stored them somewhere obscure, and just forgot about them.
We do need these for HURT 100, but I would like to have them back to get them cleaned up and inventoried ASAP.
Please help out and check with all of your volunteers, and in the back of your garage, under your house, in your storage lockers, trunks, closets, behind the refrigerator, etc.
Anyone with a good plan on how we can keep track of the race supplies as it moves from one RD and one race to another during the year, I am open for suggestion!!!
Please reply to PJ at hurtpals at aol dot com. Many mahalos.
The goal is far beyond the horizon, the task is before us.
The Ultra season is suddenly upon us. We are finally looking at some longer competitive races. Jeff Huff has roused himself out of his ‘other world’ and come forth like Punxsutawney Phil, to once again act as the wigged Mercury messenger of the running god to mortal runners and proclaimed the annual commencement of the HURT rites of passage. A herd of ‘trail runners’ has heard his call and now contemplates the very edges of ultra running while all those weathered guys and gals who have been helping at races and basically standing around looking bored finally grab their mudders and begin getting ‘out there’ for longer training runs and actually preparing to run the next few races.
Training distances will subtly increase, the ritual of the ‘stash’ and its unspoken ceremonies will intensify again, and the brief love affair with speed will give way to an understanding that time on the trails is what really counts. Night runs will no longer be mythical adventures talked about over the goodies table, and newbies will find themselves totally disoriented running along dark muddy jungley trails on moonless rainy nights wondering if the graying older runners who have talked them into this insane adventure with promises of ‘great fun’, and who now coax them onward with assurances of ‘almost there’, are completely mad or actually intent on luring them to the Ultrarunner heiau of Kukukinimamaonui tucked in cold dark wet ravine along a forbidding ridge above Nu’uanu where they will be sacrificed to the always hungry god amid the droning chants of ‘’Aole makou e ho’ohikiwale kela!‘ ..’We don’t want it to be easy’ .. not that we need to request this of the god.
I just learned of this great deal and wanted to pass it on. I go back and forth between using technology like this and not using it. I also realize there are lots of competitive products and review sites out there.
I learned of this most recent deal from DC Rainmaker and a Twitter post he made. His site is chocked full of reviews on products like this and other athlete related items. Much of what he reviews is focused on triathletes but we can all learn from this.
If you want to read his in-depth review of the Timex Global Trainer, click here. I learned from him that the Timex has the same chip set in it that the popular Garmin GPS units have.
Please take a look at DC's site as he has reviews of other products as well and again, they are almost always extremely in-depth and well done.
In any case, click here for the Amazon link. There is a $50 saving at check-out that gets the price down to the $119.
I needed to shop for some new trail shoes and did what I usually do, I asked what other runners have been wearing. I was looking at just general trail shoes, not race specific or even hundred-mile specific. Just something comfortable that I could wear on the trails for runs leading up to say, Triple Trek distance (50k).
I sent an email out and got back a few responses. One shoe popped out, Brooks Cascadia’s. I have worn many different brands of shoes and am not wedded to any brand. Salomon, Adidas, Saucony, Montrail, Vasque, and LaSportiva are just a few of the brands i have worn.
I have become more familiar and aware of the Brook’s brand through talking with and reading the Frayed Laces blog of Laura K. Laura has become a Brooks poster child of some sort and I say that only in pure envy, as she gets all kinds of goodies and I think has even traveled for Brooks to some events. Enough on that for now.
So with a desire to get some new trail shoes, I found myself in a certain part of the island last week and stopped by a running store in that area. I walked in and though I did not see the owner I was met by a young man and I asked him if they had Brooks Cascadia’s. He asked what size and I responded back, I am not sure, I have never worn them but lets start with a 11-1/2. He went to the stock room and came back and said all they have is size 11. I tried it on and immediately knew it was too small. The man took the shoes and disappeared. I walked up to the other trail shoes on display and they had a few other nice looking shoes. Some I was not familiar with and one in particular was really nice and light. I believe it was Inov8. Unfortunately the young man never came back to ask me if I would like to try on anything else or to discuss and suggest any of the other models. So, what did I do? I walked out and so did my $100 for new trail shoes.
At sunset on May 19, 2010, ultrarunning legend Mike Muench and I will begin our journey across the island of Hawai'i. The Big Island Traverse (BIT) is an approximate - 160 mile, unsupported fastpack traversing the island from sea -level on the southeastern shore, beginning at Holei Sea Arch; ascend Mauna Loa (13,677 feet) and Mauna Kea (13,796 feet); and eventually descend to sea-level on the northwestern shore, ending at Pu'ukohola Heiau and Spencer Beach Park.
The Big Island Traverse begins at ~sea-level and ascends through coastal plain, desert, rainforest, sub-alpine and alpine zones and will cover a wide variety of terrain including: dirt, asphalt, and concrete roads and highways; single-track trail consisting of soil, grass, cinder, sand, and seemingly endless miles of razor sharp `a`a and undulating pahoehoe lava flows.
Multiple environmental hazards exist with extremes of weather and temperature, varying from hot and dry and hot and humid at lower elevations to subfreezing temperatures in the alpine zones. Intense, high-altitude and low-latitude sun, high winds, driving rain, snow, blizzard and whiteout conditions may be encountered.
The most common, possible pathophysiological conditions include: poor air quality and respiratory compromise; soft tissue and orthopedic injuries, such as lacerations, abrasions, strains, sprains and fractures; fluid and electrolyte imbalances, such as dehydration and hyponatremia; heat illness and thermal injury including: burns, photo injury (photo-ophthalmia), heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, frost-nip, frostbite and hypothermia; and the continuum of altitude illnesses including: acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).
The ability to travel, pace and daily mileage may be affected by a multitude of conditions; therefore, we have chosen to divide the BIT route by region rather than by travel days and are equipped to bivy anywhere along the route. BIT Regions 1 through 4 are as follows:
BIT Region #1 - Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park:
Start and End Points: Holei Sea Arch to Muana Loa Lookout
Elevation: ~50 feet to 6,662 feet
Route and Features: Chain of Craters Road; Escape Road; Crater Rim Trail; Kilauea Visitor Center; Mauna Loa Road; Kipukapuaulu Campground; Muana Loa Lookout
Total Milage: ~35.7
BIT Region #2 - Mauna Loa:
Start and End Points: Muana Loa Lookout to Saddle Road - Hwy 200 Elevation: 6,662 feet to 13,677 feet to ~6,632
Route and Features: Mauna Loa Trail; Pu'u'ula'ula (Red Hill Cabin 10,035 feet); Mauna Loa Cabin (13,250 feet); Mauna Loa Summit (13,677 feet); Mauna Loa Weather Observatory (11,150 feet); Mauna Loa Observatory Road; Saddle Road (~6,632 feet)
Total Mileage: ~42.4
BIT Region #3 - Mauna Kea
Start and End Points: Saddle Road to Mauna Kea Summit to Saddle Road
Elevation: ~6,632 feet to 13,796 feet to ~6,632 feet
Route and Features: Saddle Road; Mauna Kea Access Road; Onizuka Visitor Center (9,300 feet); Mauna Kea Trail; Pu`u Wekiu (Summit - 13,796 feet); Mauna Kea Trail; Onizuka Visitor Center; Mauna Kea Access Road; Saddle Road
Total Mileage: ~40.4
BIT Region #4 - Upcountry
Start and End Points: Saddle Road to Spencer Beach Park
Elevation: ~6,632 feet to Sea-level
Route and Features: Saddle Road - Hwy 200; Mauna Kea State Park; Saddle Road; Mamalahoa Hwy (Hawai`i Belt Road); Waimea; Amamalahoa Hwy (Kawaihae Road - HI 19); Akoni Pule Hwy (270); Pu'ukohola Heiau and Spencer Beach Park
Total Mileage: ~42.7
BIT Total Mileage: ~161.2
Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement!