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[2 Oct 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Ultrahike Megatransect 2013

Megatransect (http://ultrahike.com) 2013 is in the books. 28 miles of insane trails spread across the mountains, rivers and rocks of Bald Eagle Creek. This year was another brilliant day with glorious weather and tonnes of eye candy. What a day! It’s so hard to capture the feeling from an event like this but I will try to hit a few points.
I ran again with my brothers-in-law, Michael, Chris and Brad. We drove the 3hours down the night before with a fantastic sunset leading the way. Packet pickup/check-in was simple …

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[16 Sep 2013 | One Comment | ]
Training for the Ultrahike 2013

Last year the Ultra-Mega-Transect (it’s really called this) kicked my proverbial. 28 miles or so took 7hrs 45min, we covered 6,000 feet of elevation change including a 3/4mile uphill rock climb and I was sore for a week afterward. It was awesome but this year I resolved to prepare a bit better.
I’ve been “doing stuff” all year – what some would call training but it’s really too ad-hoc for that. I’ll document what I’ve done in the hopes that next year I’ll re-read this and actually get an idea …

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[5 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Essential Brain Skills: Drawing

I love-hate drawing. Growing up my brother was always drawing and was really good at it. He used to draw massive murals of dinosaurs on old wallpaper rolls my father brought home. Imagine huge, 40-50 foot long rolls of paper with a single coherent scene of a pre-historic world.
My brother also used to buy the excellent comic “2000AD” which had the amazing art of Carlos Ezquerra, Mike McMahon and many others. For a simple cheap magazine this thing really packed a punch in terms of the high quality line …

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[6 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
My First Ultramarathon

Yesterday I completed my first trail ultra-marathon 50km distance. It was a surreal experience and caught me quite by surprise. I’ve had the day to reflect and wanted to jot down some thoughts primarily as reminders for myself if I ever do this again. I finished 28th out of the 59 that attempted the distance in 6 hours 27 minutes. It was a much bigger day than I expected.
I signed up for this race http://njtrailseries.com/watchung about 2 weeks ago, on a whim. Normally these races are around $100 or …

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[2 Oct 2012 | 12 Comments | ]
The 2012 Mega Transect

It hurts to move. The Mega Transect took place two days ago and I’m still crippled. My heels hurt, my quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, anything to do with my legs hurts. If there is a good kind of crippled this is definitely it.
The Mega Transect is a marathon-length trail race held in Lock Haven PA each year cutting across Bald Eagle State Park. I wouldn’t say it’s a cross-country race, more like a cross-mountain race. It’s a transect.
Sign up for this event was on January 1st and I have …

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[24 Sep 2012 | One Comment | ]
The Megatransect – Pre-Race

Late last year I heard about a race called the “Ultra Mega Transect”. 26.2 cross-country trail miles, 6,000ft elevation change. It was mentioned in whispers on some FB groups I’m part of. Sounded interesting so I set a reminder to sign up. Registration opened 1/1/12 and was sold out within 90 minutes. No exaggeration. A good sign.
Well that was 9+ months ago and race-day is this weekend, the 29th. I have never run 26 miles on road. I’ve never hiked it either. My brothers-in-law Chris, Mike and Brad will …

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[10 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
GORUCK 2012 NYC Class #240 Post-mortem.

“Post mortem” translates roughly to “after death”. Well I am not dead, but I am bruised, hoarse, cut up and pretty epic-ally sore. Goruck once again wreaked its havoc and I am left with some new friends, great memories and possibly some fatal bacterial infections as-yet undetected. I shall sum it up by saying “Class 240 was a different kind of experience from 057″.
The team: Class 240 was made up primarily of veterans, I don’t know exactly how many but we had I think 26 in the class and …

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[7 Sep 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
GORUCK NYC 2012 – Before the Mayhem

What is wrong with me? Don’t answer that. Yesterday I signed up once again for the Goruck Challenge. We start tonight at 0100 – that’s 1AM in civilian time. That doesn’t give me much time to prep but you’ve got to keep the body guessing 😉
Tonight promises to be an EPIC journey. Our class is strong made up of goruck veterans and first-timers alike and I can already tell from the Facebook group they are a badass bunch.
Last year I signed up about 6 months in advance and …

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[20 Jul 2012 | One Comment | ]
The Greatest Technological Achievement in History

On July 4th 2012 CERN and the team from the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Since then there have been a lot of articles in the mainstream media with headlines referring to the “god particle” and a lot of hype but not much actual science. I’m not a physicist but I’ll try to summarize my understanding on what this is and how it may impact us in the short and long term.
Physics and indeed Science operates on a premise of “model” based reality. Essentially admitting …

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[4 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
GoRuck Training – Final Push

The GoRuck Challenge New York is fast approaching (9/9/11 starting at 19:00) and thanks to the generosity of many I have exceeded my fundraising goal (http://firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Shanahan/nyc911). Thank you all! All that remains is to complete the challenge and earn all those donations.
For a long event like this (which I’ve no experience with), I really want to bring everything I need but nothing more so I’ve completed a gear-test run as a final “big run” before the event next Friday. It was very useful, no injuries and I learned a …