The Ultra Experience

Here's to the adventures of my life which are usually ultra marathon trail running or backpacking but may include other trips, experiences, thoughts, opinions, or pretty much whatever I want. As co-founder of Altra Footwear my life and adventures seemingly revolve more around developing and promoting the best footwear in the world...and I love it!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Back to the Uintah's and training

I've been in such a slump since Squaw Peak. The weekend of June 28th jumpstarted me as I hit a last minute backpacking trip to the Uintahs which was amazing. I did a round-a-bout loop to the Cuberant Basin off the Mirror Lake Highway. It was only about 7 miles total but was a fantastic rejuvination physically and emotionally. The trail and terrain were wet and sloppy the whole way but it helped me break in my new Zamberlan boots. In fact since starting my new job at Canyon Sports I haven't backpacked much and this solo journey was the perfect situation to test out all my new gear I've acquired over the last few months. I'm now truly confident that the Exos 46 is the greatest backpack ever made! Tried out several other products on the trip but I'll spare the details aside from the boots and pack, which were the highlights.
The trip was needed though. Zanna and I have done a couple of car camping overnighters but there is something special about getting far away from everything. This trip was perfect as the flyfishing was decent, mosquitos weren't too bad yet, views perfect, and the temperature ideal. So great that I'm heading back this weekend!

It also got me training again. After what was almost a 3 week running slump I ran 31 trail miles this week and felt great. It's amazing how much better I feel when I'm running. No goals or races planned for this summer. I might throw a shorter race somewhere along the way but I'm tentatively planning on running the Moab 50 miler in September. I want to revamp my running and I plan on taking my time while having fun with it (more details on that later). Also I'll cram as much backpacking and flyfishing in along the way. Here's to summer mountain adventures!