Higashitanzawa Miyagase Trail Race

Higashitanzawa Miyagase Trail Race

Last weekend I set off with Snickers and Will (member of my Oxfam Trailwalker team) to compete in the 5th Higashitanzawa Miyagase Trail Race. At 32.1 kilometers (19.9 miles), this would be my third 30km trail race of the year. The race starts at the majestic Lake Miyagase, from which you run up mountainous roads … Continue reading

New Salomon XR Missions

New Salomon XR Missions

While running the 32k Shinshiro Trail Race in March, I somehow managed to tear the mesh fabric on the toe of my Salomon XR Missions. I really like these shoes because they run well on both road and trail (except for slippery trails, because of the smaller lugs). I took the shoes back to the … Continue reading

Mt. Takamizu Trail Race

Mt. Takamizu Trail Race

The annual Lafuma Ome Mt. Takamizu Trail Run takes place in March of each year and cuts through the mountains in Ome, Japan. The race starts near Ome Station and traces the Kasumikyuryo Hiking Course (霞丘陵ハイキングコース) to Mt. Takamizu Temple–15k from the start line–and then loops back. The race has a very local feel to … Continue reading

Happy mail

Happy mail

I don’t usually get too much in the mail–at least anything of significance. Today, however, was a great mail day. So great I have to write a blog post to brag. First thing I got was the bronze medal for my recently completed 200km cycling brevet. Now I really can’t wait to complete my first … Continue reading

Oxfam Training Run: CP7-Finish

Oxfam Training Run: CP7-Finish

1. Background In prep for the upcoming Oxfam Trailwalker, a 100-kilometer endurance event aimed at bringing people together to raise money to end poverty, Snickers (this is Chi’s new nickname, given for her love-hate relationship with the Snickers candy bar that has developed alongside her progress in the sport of trail running) and I got … Continue reading

Shinshiro 32K Trail

Shinshiro 32K Trail

Last weekend I competed in the Shinshiro 32K Trail, a 32-kilometer race through the mountains of Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture. A solid Japanese trail running race, the beastly event had some 3,000 meters of ascent over 32 kilometers. And, man, those hills felt never-ending. I placed about 290th at 6:50. By the end of the race … Continue reading

Ode to Zebra Cafe: Best Cafe Ever

Ode to Zebra Cafe: Best Cafe Ever

The discovery of Zebra Cafe is s story I’ll never forget. Cycling on a failed attempt to reach Mt. Fuji from Tokyo, my buddy David and I made a wrong turn that sent us over an enormous mountain and in a whopping unnecessary 30km loop. While we didn’t make Fuji that day, that loop introduced … Continue reading

First Brevet

First Brevet

 Background Several months ago I stumbled across a blog by a fellow cyclist who was training for a brevet. What is a brevet? It is a randonneuring event. What is randonneuring? Wikipedia Randonneuring (also known as Audax in the UK, Australia and Brazil) is a long-distance cycling sport with its origins in audax cycling. In randonneuring, riders attempt courses of 200 km … Continue reading

Morocco — Part 2

Morocco — Part 2

It is hard to spend too much time in the High Atlas mountains. Surrounded by a breathtaking backdrop, friendly Berber villages, and a general aversion to sticking to any firm of time (I didn’t see a clock once), you have two options: drink a cup of delicious coffee while you take in the snow-capped peaks, … Continue reading