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Ashby Ray
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One Step at a Time
THE IDEA November 4, 2015 Last Wednesday night I set out to do something that I had never done before and that I didn’t know if I could actually do.  My plan was to run the Tuna Run 200 Relay Race that starts in Raleigh, NC, and follows 200 miles of back ro...

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"Dude, sweet buckle."
“Dude, sweet buckle!” This was the comment from the teenage cashier at my local
grocery store this weekend.  I looked
down and confirmed that I was wearing my recently acquired Leadville  buckle.  I simply said thanks and took my
groceries home.  When I tol...

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2014 Leadville Trail 100 Run. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.
The Race: For anyone not familiar with the Leadville Trail 100
run, let me introduce you.   The LT100
starts in the town of Leadville, Colorado, which is the highest incorporated
town in North America at 10,200 feet above sea level.   The course starts in d...

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Full race report to come.  In the meantime:

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"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;"
The title of this post comes from Shakespeare's Henry V and has been popping up in my brain every time I think about my third attempt to finish the Leadville Trail 100. I officially started my taper today.  I'm done. The die is cast, and there is nothing le...

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Medoc Meltdown
This weekend is my last big training push before I start my taper for Leadville in two weeks.  My plan called for an easy 10-mile run on Friday, an easy 35-mile run on Saturday, and an easy 26-mile run on Sunday.  I use the word "easy" in reference to heart...

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Mt. Mitchell Double Ascent
Several weeks ago a friend of mine (Karl) asked me if I was planning on doing any big climbs in preparation for Leadville this year.  While I had thought about it, I hadn't gotten around to actually planning anything and probably wouldn't have. Karl suggest...

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Failure, Leadville and Life
Let’s face it, nobody likes to fail.  I sure as hell don’t.  We’ve all done it and will continue to do
so.  Failing is an essential part of
growth and learning.  The way I see it
failure is divided into two categories.  The
first is honest failure.  The sec...

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