Gettin’ Closer

Hey Everyone,

It’s been a while since my last post; I’ve been getting adjusted to the new fall semester which started on Monday.

When I’m not in class and I’m out on my runs I find myself thinking about the race in Switzerland. Training has been going smoothly so I’ll be up to 65 miles this week. I’ve been very careful with my foot because this is the most I’ve run since my injury so I ice it a couple times a day. The West Virginia University Cross Country team has started practicing together every afternoon. It’s nice to have a big More >

Rickey’s Report.

Hello all, Alex Jodidio, the incedental American ex-pat running on our junior men’s team, and his kind mum and dad, were kind enough to bring us to the trophy course in Ovronnaz (1450m)earlier today. As I am only an hour’s drive away and my curiosity about the course is on the same level as (I imagine) everyone else’s the opportunity to preview the course was quickly taken. The following is an attempt to describe the course so that you might be able to get in a couple more specific workouts before your tapering begins. The pictures, taken by Alex, should More >

Pictures Ovronnaz.

Today I went running on the course of the World Trophy in Ovronnaz with Ricky Gates and the English runner Martin Cox. We did two loops with Ricky and Martin did three, and then some sprints on the grass. I took a few pictures of the race. The departure is at the Stadium, then we go down a paved road and turn left onto a mountain path, we pass over a bridge and then a few steep, short uphill sections. Than there is a very steep 2000 foot uphill section. At the top, there is a flat bit and thenthe More >

I’m Back!

I haven’t been Blogging for a while because my high school team had their X-C camp this past weekend up in Grand Lake, CO.Most of our runs were between 9 and 10,000 ft! It was awesome. Here’s the update. We drove out there Thursday morning and then did our run on the East Shore trail. It’s a nice trail that we call the “Dam Run” because the route we take ends up spitting us out right at the Dam (and because as underclassmen none of us liked the run especially but then it was the Damn run). The trail is More >

My 1st Blog…….ever :0 )

Hello to everyone and huge congrats on being part of the USA mountain team !! This is really a cool idea ! Thank you Paul K….. Real fun and interesting reads on everyone so far. So here I go…… First I just want to let everyone know if my plans to preview the course. Saturday the 8th of Sept. I am planning on doing a workout etc on the course…I have been in contact with Alex and Rickey so if there is anyone else that wants or can to try and meet maybe Sat AM at the hotel LEs Bains More >

Sierre-Zinal.

Hi everyone,

yesterday i ran in the Sierre-Zinal race ,the junior part 19 k . Nice weather , a bit of snow and the downhill was very difficult and technic . I started not too fast, i was 8 th position in Tignousa , then i passed 5 juniors and i was 3rd untill the 15 K . I finished the race in 6th place in 1h35 so i am very happy. I met Rickey gates who finished 21 th place in Sierre-Zinal , we are going in Ovronnaz on Thursday on the WT race. So i will send you More >

Great Race XXX

Today I competed in the Great Race in Auburn, NY with Zach. I had a great race until Zach punched me in the face when I went to pass him. haha no i was just kidding about that but I did have a great race and Zach had an even better race. I ended up 5th over in the 10k with a time of 32:55. My mile splits were 5:16, 5:20, 5:24, 5:20, 5:27, 5:04 and I ran the last .2 miles in 60 seconds. Zach was 3rd in 32:44 I believe. My team ended up 5th overall improving on More >

One Snake. Two Snakes.

Hello Everyone! Today I ran about 11 miles in the foothills of Albuquerque. I ran around the southeast end of the mountains. I have noticed that when I run here I usually see a snake. I don’t know why I usually see one here and not any where else in the foothills. Today however, I saw two snakes. That was a first for me. The first one was a rattle snake which a couple had chased off the path. They were excited about their accomplishment so I stopped and looked at the snake for a couple of seconds before thanking More >

Switzerland Travel Tips

Just in case all you “bloggers” don’t check your email, here are some handy travel tips from Dave Dunham. – Richard Bolt

Drink plenty of fluids, and remember that alcoholic beverages and caffeinated beverages have a dehydrating effect. The tap water in Northern Europe is generally safe to drink, although its high mineral content can cause minor upsets if you’re not used to it.

To avoid Jet-lag it is best to try and get an overnight flight to Europe and sleep as much as possible on the flight. You should then try and get on European time as soon as possible (don’t More >

Training

Every other friday I am suppose to do an Anerobic Threshold run. I was supposed to a 4 miler at 5:50s. The weather has been very miserable near me for the past 2-3 days. It was raining a little this morning but I always run well in the rain. My run today was awesome. I ran 5:49 for the first mile, 5:36, 5:52, 5:34. The 4 miles was on a dirt road in State Land about 10 minutes from my house (depending on how many cows are out). I am competing in the Great Race this sunday with Zach. It More >