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Description: September/October Issue of ERM

WORLD RECORD HOLDER Wayne Botha WORLD RECORD Fastest 100 km Barefoot Runner ALSO IN THIS ISSUE FEATURES Wayne Botha and Krige Scabort RACING NEWS Badwater 2014 and the Falmouth Mile REGIONAL NEWS DC Captial Striders Climbing for Conservation INTERNATIONAL NEWS Ghislain Marechal Sky Diving and Running MEN S THERMOBALL HOODIE The North Face Georgetown The North Face Tyson s Corner The North Face Bethesda The North Face Towson WOMEN S THERMOBALL FULL ZIP JACKET 2 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 Welcome to the Sept Oct 2014 Issue of Endurance Racing Magazine This issue was a lot of fun to produce. First of all I was given the opportunity to cover the Falmouth Mile before I ran the New Balance Falmouth Road Race this year. The Falmouth Mile is not as popular but the folks in Falmouth are hoping to raise awareness about this event many elite athletes compete in this race. I ve covered this race for two years now and thoroughly enjoy watching the athletes. Check out the photos of the race on pages 14-15. Before and after the New Balance Falmouth Road Race I was able to get some photo coverage of the wheelchair athletes and others. It was a thrill to see Krige Schabort who I met last year. Schabort who is featured in this issue is one the world s best renowned wheelchair athletes and has an extensive resume including having competed in the Kona Ironman race as well as countless others in more notable endurance-distance races. Aside from preparing a race recap on the Falmouth Mile I also covered some of the athletes who competed at the Badwater 135 race. The course had to be altered this year after much controversy thanks to the National Park Service. Two new winners emerged the veteran internationally recognized endurance runner Harvey Lewis and newbie Aly Venti who unlike Lewis had never competed at Badwater before. While 100 athletes were preparing for their Death Valley experience two other athletes Lisa Smith-Batchen and Kenneth Poser (who is coached by Smith-Batchen) broke records this year for their racing efforts in Death Valley. Smith-Batchen 52 became the first woman to ever finish a Quad Badwater (yes that s four times up and back through Death Valley). Her student Kenneth Posner completed the Double Badwater in record time beating Marshall Ulrich s time. Ulrich is also a Quad Badwater finisher. This issue boasts a couple new sections we cover both international and regional news. In international news Ghislain Marechal of Brussels set out to complete his self-designed X Challenge a DECA Iron distance race he began on August 29 2014 and is still competing in as we go to print for this issue. Like Smith-Batchen who raises money and awareness for her Badwater4Goodwater campaign Marechal is raising money for children s causes. SUBSCRIBE to Enduran Racing Ma ce gazine TODAY For Regional-DC News I had the pleasure of interviewing Rick Amernick founder of the DC Capital Striders a prolific running group in the DC area that has training runs in Virginia. I met Amernick for the first time at the North Face Endurance Challenge in Virginia this spring. He s recently transitioned into ultra-running and completed his first 50K this June. There are a few other articles in this issue that were just a thrill to publish. When Eric Friedman skydiver runner contacted me about his Sky Dive Run challenges I got back in touch immediately. Of all things combining sky diving and running Read and relish this piece We have our fourth article in a series by Jay Markiewicz on Mental Training. Markiewicz has become a staple for the magazine in Coaches Corner. We also want to introduce our writer John Glynn who had the task of interviewing some of the world s most dynamic names in endurance racing like Wayne Botha who we feature in this issue for his world record achievements in barefoot running. Glynn who is an important asset to ERM wrote an extensive piece on Hitting The Wall definitely a good read for all athletes new and veteran alike. Botha who is on our cover this issue achieved two barefoot records in one day for a single race The New Zealander set out with a goal to get the World Records in barefoot running for two distances and achieved his goals. Like so many of the runners we interview he put in his head that he would succeed. Guess what He did And as always special thanks to all the folks who contributed to this magazine. Best Regards Alix Alix Shutello President and CEO Editor SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 3 ERM EDITOR S LETTER TABLE OF CONTENTS ERM EDITOR S LETTER ATHLETE PROFILES 3 Welcome 16 Eric Friedman Thrill Seeking When running isn t enough Eric Friedman decided he needed to do something new. His race event Sky Dive Ultra challenges athletes to start their first mile by jumping out of a plane. Endurance Racing Magazine is a vehicle for communication so that endurance athletes all over the world can connect learn and explore. COACHES CORNER 20 Double Badwater Finisher Kenneth Posner 6 Inner Competitor Training Part 4a Jay Markeiwicz s fourth in his series of competitive training covers the issues of pain and suffering during competition and how to turn pain into opportunity. Kenneth Posner set out to run the original Badwater course through Death Valley. While he didn t specifically set out to beat the record against Marshall Ulrich he did. 22 Badwater Quad Finisher Lisa Smith-Batchen Lisa Smith-Batchen became the first woman to complete the Badwater Quad or four passes up and back through Death Valley. Her effort garnered her respect amongst her peers as well as continued to raise awareness for her organization Badwater4Goodwater. INTERNATIONAL NEWS 7 Ghislain Marechal Attemps His Own Personal Challenge International Iron-distance triathlete Ghislain Marechal designed his own personal X Challenge to test his will and raise money for children with medical issues. 14 The Falmouth Mile CONSERVATION 8 Climbing for a Cause Ginna Kelly s organization centers around using endurance climbing and hiking to raise awareness for environmental issues. Soon Climbing for a Cause will add Running for A Cause. RACE RECAP 10 2014 Badwater 135 Harvey Lewis and Aly Venti were the winners of the men s and women s divisions of the 2014 Badwater 135 race through Death Valley. 14 The Falmouth Mile This year s Falmouth Mile competition before the New Balance Falmouth Road race added a children s division in addition to the high school and elite athletes as well as wheelchair racers. 16 SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Subscribe today at Eric Friedman ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE http https EnduranceRacingMagazine Twitter AlixShutello Pinterest http enduranceracing boards 4 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 CONTRIBUTORS ERM is made possible by the contributions from athletes and seasoned writers who bring their unique ideas expertise and perspectives to the magazine. Wayne Botha Endurance runner and world record holder for the longest and fastest distance running barefoot. 28 Krige Shabort John Glynn Contributing Writer 24 Wayne Botha Barefoot Running Record Holder By Wayne Botha Wayne Botha of New Zealand set out to break two records in barefoot ultra-distance running and in one day both records. Jay Markiewicz Fortune 500 Leadership Coach Sports Performance Coach and founder of Inner Competitor 28 Krige Schabort Rolling with Life and Winning Big By Alix Shutello Krige Schabort is internationally renowned as a wheel chair racer. Recently he game home with a gold medal from the ITU World Triathlon Grand Finale and World Championships. Alix Shutello Runner and CEO of Endurance Racing Magazine THANK YOU TO OUR ADVERTISERS The North Face CorioVelo and Epic Ultras REGIONAL NEWS 30 Rick Amernick s DC Capitol Striders Rick Amernick is known in the DC area for bringing large groups of people together to share their passion for running. TRAINING 32 Hitting the Wall (and Why it Hurts) John Glynn interviewed several top athletes to form his perspective on hitting the wall and the psychology behind 35 Book Review Stronger than Iron ON THE COVER WAYNE BOTHA South African born runner Wayne Botha smashed two world records in one day last October 2013 when he ran over 200 km barefoot in 24 hours. On that day he also beat the time of the previous distance record by a time of 58 minutes. Wayne Kurtz and Stefan Zetterstrom write about their adventures competing in Italy s 2013 10x Ironman competition. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 5 ERM TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES COACHES CORNER ERM FORTUNE 500 LEADERSHIP COACH SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACH Inner Competitor Training Part 4a A Motivational View On Pain and Suffering By Jay Markiewicz I want to share with you the two quotes I say to myself when I stand at the start of every race. The first one is Pain is inevitable suffering is optional. The second is Only in times of suffering are we closest to our consciousness And bam does that get me fired up to race Because look no matter how much we try no matter how much we talk about theory tools applications and mindsets the bottom line is that we all find ourselves at some point or another on the edge of suffering. And it s in those moments that we get to see the deepest part of our spirit. Standing at the start of an endurance race I wonder What part of me is going to show up today What will I learn about myself that I don t already know Some people shy away from pushing too hard to prevent crossing into that realm. Me I do it to see what I m made of. Endurance racing is as much spiritual as anything. There is a gift in that. The gift is we get to peek into our soul when we re on that fine line between pain and suffering. Let me share with you some thoughts on pain suffering and our consciousness. The first quote gives us the key Pain is inevitable suffering is optional. Every single athlete out there on the race course is living that quote over and over again. Pain is inevitable... Pain a biological signal to the brain of a distressing sensation Inevitable unable to be avoided sure to occur certain ...suffering is optional. Suffering a mental interpretation and emotional response to that pain signal Optional not required elective something we can choose The simple truth In endurance racing pain will be certain suffering is your choice. And how again is suffering a choice Suffering is a choice because it is your mind s interpretation of the signal coming from your body. A mind-set. 6 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE Maybe it would help to identify some interpretations of the pain signal. Imagine it s late in your endurance race and you are full of pain signals. How do you interpret them PAIN (NOT SUFFERING) I know this feeling. I ve been here before. Focus on form. I can endure. I m pushing harder than ever and crushing it. If I m hurting that guy is suffering. SUFFERING I m blowing up. Whimper. Why do I do this crap I m never doing this again I can t stand this Slow down. Unbearable. And there it is. The moments in the race that we straddle the line between pain and suffering is when we are closest to our consciousness. It s also the moment of choice. The moment of choice is your performance edge. Recognize those moments and when you choose a mind-set of pain over suffering you will be able to push to a higher performance edge. I challenge you to choose to push your performance edge. Rock Jay Jay Markiewicz is an endurance athlete and Fortune 500 Leadership Coach Sports Performance Coach and founder of Inner Competitor an organization that works with clients who want to perform better and enjoy their life more. You can contact Jay at info SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 Ghislain Marechal Attempts His Own Personal Challenge By Ghislain Merechal Ghislain Marechal is an internationally recognized ultra-triathlete who has competed in some of the toughest races in the world. He was featured on the cover of Endurance Racing Magazine (http fr presse endurance-racing-magazine.html) along with his story IUTA-President Ghislain Marechal Sets the Pace (http iuta-presidentghislain-marechal-sets-the-pace ). Recently Marechal gave himself a personal challenge. The X Challenge is an individual deca ultra-triathlon consisting of 4520 km (76 km of swimming 3600 km of cycling and 844 km of race walking.) Marechal s challenge will consists of a double crossing of the Channel the 2014 edition of the Tour de France and the journey between Brussels and Marseille. For Marechal the X Challenge offers two athletic goals the first is to complete this challenge the second is to reach and or surpass the global ultra-triathlon record established in 1998 by circuit Vidmantas Urbonas (Lithuania) in eighteen days five hours and twenty-one minutes. Marechal is up to the challenge. His resume consists of 12 full triathlons or equivalent including 6 for 6 consecutive days 10 double ultra-triathlons (7.6 - 360 - 84.4) 2 triple ultra-triathlons (11.4 - 540 - 126.6) a 48-hour fundraiser running on a treadmill a 12-hour swimming pool swim and a few other endeavors all within the past 5 years. On Friday August 29 2014 Marechal took off on his X challenge swimming in the artificial lake of Genval At the time this magazine is published Marechal will be about to complete his challenge - 844 km in an estimated 6 to 8 days. (Belgium) located 20 minutes southeast of Brussels. After 40 hours of swimming and few breaks he began 3600 km of cycling. At the time this magazine is published Marechal will be about to complete his challenge - 844 km in an estimated 6 to 8 days. Marechal will also be fundraising in support the Justine for Kids Association. Donation support the organization of leisure activities and outings for sick children. Money goes toward financing projects as well as supporting families and educational activities within pediatric centers. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 7 ERM INTERNATIONAL NEWS CONSERVATION ERM Climbing for a Cause By Ginna Kelly Ginna Kelly a lawyer and activist became involved with saving species from extinction. After learning about humans impact on the environment and on animal habitats Kelly decided to form an organization whose focus was to bring awareness through action. Climb for Conservation Inc. s mission is to climb mountains around the world to raise awareness and funds for species in need. With each organized trip their goals are 1. Climb a mountain to inspire others. 2. Conserve the planet by raising awareness and donating funds for local conservation projects. One hundred percent of outside general donations go to conservation efforts. Climb for Conservation hosts numerous events in and around Aspen Colo. where the organization is headquartered to educate the public about critical conservation issues. The group frequently hosts informal gatherings in local restaurants partners with local mountain guide service companies and partners with local providers of clothing climbing gear and physical training services to help spread the word and get people involved. To reach out globally the group hosts climbs on some the world s most robust terrain. Climb for Conservation Inc. s mission is to climb mountains around the world to raise awareness and funds for species in need. 8 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 CREDIT RUSTIM GUDIM In 2014 the organization s focus is on saving the critically endangered African elephant. Every 15 minutes an elephant is poached and killed for its ivory. In just 10 years the African elephant could be extinct. CLIMBING FOR CONSERVATION After having completed our first race this past weekend at the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon we are going to design a Running for Conservation program. Although our primary focus is climbing mountains around the world running is something that more people can participate in and get involved with. We believe we can make a bigger difference if we incorporate running Kelly said. The Running for Conservation program aims to put a spotlight on the endangered elephants. Funds raised will go to protect endangered elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya and the WildlifeNOW sanctuary in Tanzania. http climbing SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 9 ERM CONSERVATION RACE RECAP ERM The 2014 Badwater 135 Harvey Lewis Winner Badwater 2014 By Alix Shutello Harvey Lewis age 38 from Cincinnati Ohio was the winner of the 2014 Badwater 135. Lewis has raced Badwater 4 times improving from 11th to 4th to 1st. I have no trainer Lewis explained. I ve been running ultras for 18 years and run my own regimen. I have some positive influences from the people I run with locally in Cincinnati to internationally with my friend and rival Carlos Sa of Portugal. The Lewis Race Strategy Lewis race strategy was simple to win and have fun. I wanted to enjoy the scenery have a blast with my team meet new people and learn something new about myself he said. The biggest surprise for Lewis on race day was the significant lead he had at the top of the first mountain at about 10 000 feet. He reportedly felt relaxed and told Endurance Racing Magazine that his training and the trips taken Lewis race strategy was simple--to win and have fun. I wanted to enjoy the scenery have a blast with my team meet new people and learn something new about myself. PHOTOS BY RON JONES BADWATER.COM 10 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 PHOTO BY RON JONES BADWATER.COM I have no trainer Lewis explained. I ve been running ultras for 18 years and run my own regimen. with his new business really made an impact on his ability to sustain faster speeds and keep his endurance up during the race. To Lewis Badwater is more than just running a long race in the heat. There are some amazing competitors for whom I have the highest respect including Oswaldo Lopez Carlos Sa and Pam Reed he said. But I would say the competitor who I most admired this year was Grant Maughan. Grant is more competitive in his late 40s at a race with extreme environments than most anyone I know in their 20s or 30s. He s a Jedi and he s so humble he would never admit to it. He has an ability to use his mind to push far beyond what anyone would think capable of achieving. You hit the guy 100 times and he wouldn t fall. I admire his raw determination. Lewis extended a huge thank you to his team of Chris Cavanaugh Kyle Fehrenkemp Matt Garrod and Luke Thoreson. Lewis next big race is Northcoast 24 for the National Championship on September 20-21. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 11 ERM RACE RECAP RACE RECAP ERM The 2014 Badwater 135 First Female Winner Aly Venti By Alix Shutello Alyson Aly Venti 32 from Newtown Mass. has never run Badwater but she was the first-place female finisher. Venti like Harvey Lewis who won Badwater doesn t have a trainer and like Lewis she came to Badwater ready to win. The Venti Race Strategy I had dreams of winning this race. My ultimate goal as a rookie to any race over 100 miles was just to finish therefore I had a relatively conservative race plan. I broke the course up into pieces and just tried to tackle it one piece at a time. I was really happy with how I executed certain sections and definitely think I could have run other sections much better. When it comes to surprises for Aly she said Harvey Lewis took off so fast But Venti reported fewer surprises and more learning experiences during the competition. I have never run longer than 100 miles before and the last time I ran a100-miler it took me less than 15 hours she said. I knew Badwater would be much different and I would be out there on the road for 10-15 hours longer than this but despite knowing that I was still caught off-guard by severe fatigue in the middle of the night. Venti confessed that she stole her crew s 5-hour energy drinks. Should have known I d need my I said it was a good learning experience she said. Despite the heat and the fatigue Venti loved how the course would double back on itself allowing the runners to see each other multiple times throughout the race. Everyone was so supportive runners and crew alike Venti said. We aren t so much competing against each other out there but rather are all united by a common goal Aly relied heavily on her twin Sarah to get her through Badwater PHOTOS BY RON JONES BADWATER.COM 12 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 I had dreams of winning this race my ultimate goal as a rookie to any race over 100 miles was just to finish therefore I had a relatively conservative race plan... PHOTOS BY RON JONES BADWATER.COM of just finishing. Thus it creates this community of people who are all rooting and cheering for each other. That really is the spirit of Badwater . Venti reported that it was also amazing to hear all the different languages spoken on the course. Badwater boasts a very international competition with runners from all over the world. It didn t matter if you couldn t understand the words people were cheering the excitement enthusiasm and support were a universal language Venti said. When we asked Venti what got her through the race her answer was easy her crew. Not only was her boyfriend Teddy there as crew chief she had other crew members longtime friends Nikkie and Christie who like Teddy have been with Venti through other races. Venti was also touched to have her sister Sarah and her girlfriend Kate there for support. Sarah who unlike her twin sister hates to run ran 40 miles nonetheless. It was a very emotional race and I was really glad to have her there. I don t think I would have gotten through that night without her Venti said. As for what s next for Venti nothing is currently on her radar. I honestly don t race much at all Venti reported. The 2013 2014 racing season was sort of an exception since I was trying to qualify for Badwater and still needed to run 2 more 100-mile races just to be able to apply. I ran the Keys100 again in the spring of 2014 since it is such a great training race leading up to Badwater. I m not really much of a racer I just really like to run. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 13 RACE RECAP 14 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 PHOTOS CREDITED TO ALIX J. SHUTELLO ERM Falmouth Mile Race Report By Alix Shutello The day before the New Balance Falmouth Road Race a twisting 7 mile race along the shores of Cape Cod from Woods Hole to Falmouth MA a number of athletes toe the line at James T. Kalperis Track- Falmouth High School to race in the Falmouth Mile. The Falmouth Mile has been a companion event to the New Balance Falmouth Road Race since 1995. Historically taking place at the Falmouth High School James Kalperis track behind the Health & Fitness Expo fieldhouse the Mile is actually four events--one for invited world-class milers one for Massachusetts high school athletes The Tommy Cochary High School Mile one for invited wheelchair athletes and one for Falmouth residents ages 9-14 The Falmouth Youth Mile This year defending champion Katie Mackey (above) won the elite mile in 4 27.28. For elite males Kyle Merber easily won in 3 56.45. This year 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi and veteran Falmouth Road Race winner Joan Benoit-Samuelson were on the track handing out medals and holding the race tape. The addition of the Falmouth Youth mile added excitement to the event. And the wheel chair racers who traditionally compete in the mile and then the New Balance Falmouth Road Race the next day came back to defend past titles or move up in the ranks in their heats. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 15 ERM RACE REPORT ATHLETE PROFILE Eric Friedman was a marathoner turned ultra runner looking to do something different with his athletic endeavors. After reading Dean Karnazes s book Ultra Marathon Man Friedman became introspective and took the book at face value. I couldn t believe humans were capable of running like that he said. I had to see if I could do it myself. So what did Friedman do He combined skydiving and ultra running together and while he was at it developed a whole new kind of race that people now sign up for and compete in (for starters). How did a mere marathoner turn to such extreme sports Well he was always extreme. Before conceptualizing the SkyDiveUltra and driven by a desire to push his limits Friedman trained for hours with his best friend Smith Jean (Smitty) Baptiste. Every Thursday night he and Smitty would head out at 11pm and run until 5am the two would run countless hours and hundreds upon hundreds of miles together. We would then head back to our houses shower up and head to our jobs for the final workday of the week. This Thursday (work) Thursday night (run) and Friday (work) would simulate the perfect 100-mile training including Friedman combined skydiving and ultra running together and while he was at it developed a whole new kind of race in which people can compete. lack of sleep etc. Friedman explained. We would get up and pull tires three times a week from 1am to 5am because that was the time we had available. He s the only one crazy enough to run at those odd hours with me and we banked some serious miles together. SKY DIVE ULTRA 2014 The SkyDiveUltra on February 1 2014 had folks camping out in tents the night before for the super thrill of their lives. The event was hugely successful boasting a motivated and eclectic crowd from both the U.S. and abroad 72 Floridians 2 locals from Belle Glade and participants from New York Tel Aviv Israel Georgia Illinois Maine Tennessee New Jersey Virginia and Mississippi. We had two cancer survivors successfully run the 10k and 26.2 division both having had chemo treatments within the previous 10 days Friedman said. There were 63 total skydivers out of 94 entrants. Athletes ranging in age from 22-60 years (46 females and 48 males) 30 volunteers including families and children. 4 people who came just to skydive while their friends ran. 50 hotel rooms booked in the surrounding local areas. Local news press in attendance. 16 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 PHOTO CREDIT ERIC FRIEDMAN ERM ERIC FRIEDMAN Thrill Seeking When running isn t enough By Alix Shutello HELPING A MAN BECOME AN ULTRA ATHLETE One of the most exciting stories is that of a buddy of mine from grade school who I started talking to again in August of 2013. He weighed approximately 350 pounds and he was very depressed. I talked him into coming out and doing a few miles with me one weekend and then somehow talked him into letting me coach him through some weight loss and exercise. Well silly him letting an ultra runner guide him through that I essentially got him to do a marathon as well as my next 12-hour overnight event (Son of a Beach) 30 days after we started talking he was 345 pounds at the time. Then I talked him into agreeing to try to lose 80 pounds over the following 6 months and running the SkyDiveUltra 50-miler. We trained our butts off I had him pulling tires and doing lots of plyometric work as well as lots of walking and jogging. He ended up losing the 80 pounds and got down to about 274 by February and he ran the 50-miler. He ended up grinding it out and finishing the event in about 18 hours I think. It was really inspiring. (You can search facebook for Joel s Journey to see a page we created to document everything.) Just recently on the one-year anniversary from the beginning of this weight loss he committed to come back this year for the 100-miler. Here s a link to the video from the first SkyDiveUltra event http 60795869 https watch v PJaNvRuAne0 t 19 The idea to actually sky dive and then run an ultra race came about during one of those overnight runs with Smitty in 2012. I ve always been a skydiver and we got to talking about what would make a really cool race and the thought of jumping out of a plane to start a race was pretty crazy. I went to my drop zone the next weekend and poked around the area to see if I could come up with a course to run and then started laying out some details he said. A couple months later Friedman conducted a test run of a sky dive-run event with a group of friends. Eight jumped and ran. In 2013 Friedman organized a much bigger event launched a website did some real marketing added some additional distances and directed a race complete with insurance medals buckles and the whole deal. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 17 PHOTOS THIS PAGE CREDITED TO SMITH JEAN-BAPTISTE THE SKY DIVE ULTRA IS BORN ERM ATHLETE PROFILE ATHLETE PROFILE ERM ...I ve figured out why I do all the crazy things I do I do them out of fear...I m afraid of the challenge. I am compelled to do what I fear to show that I can overcome myself. I was really shocked at how much effort actually goes into pulling off a race Friedman observed. EXTREME ATHLETE EXTREME DIET If you ask Friedman what his best training food is its beer. I m a big supporter of carbo pro and beer on my runs...I actually completed a 50-miler on nothing but beer...but that was just for giggles and to see if I could do it. I have dabbled with all sorts of diets and am mostly paleo....I was also a ketogenic runner for a couple months. I ve run the gamut on nutrition. ON THE FLIP SIDE... I ve been the guy who ran 20-plus-mile runs on just water and a mixture of chia hemp hearts and salt. I would bring a single handheld and a small Ziploc baggie of the seed PHOTOS THIS PAGE CREDITED TO SMITH JEAN-BAPTISTE 18 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 mixture and go for hours filling up my water bottle from the shower heads along the beaches. PHOTO CREDIT ERIC FRIEDMAN To Friedman it really it just kind of depends on where he s at with his personal diet when it comes to what he will or more likely won t eat. For example Friedman spent 60 days on a pure juice diet leading up his Keys100 race. I brought a small nutribullet to that event and my crew gave me fruit smoothies and icy blended drinks he said. Then again he s run a 50-miler on nothing but beer and water. When it comes to all his athlete endeavors Friedman doesn t describe himself as a competitive guy. I m not the most competitive runner. For me it s all about the camaraderie in the sport. I love my ultra running friends and their real raw honest attitudes. The conversations we have on the course are very special. I ve never had CREWING FOR ERIC SPENCER AT BADWATER Our race was very exciting. Crewing for Eric Spencer (he was on the crew with me for Grant Maughan the previous year) was a great experience. He s a Miami guy that really had to work hard during the climbs. He showed a tremendous amount of guts and determination working his way up the mountains with limited training (he was actually hit by a car on a training run just a few months before the race and had to take some extended time off). I ve rarely seen anyone so mentally strong. While he was definitely challenged and had to dig to depths he might not have been prepared to dig to...he never wavered even for a second about finishing and giving it everything he had. One of my favorite moments was at Mile 103 when he had a blister on the back of his heel. He came over to the car wanting to get patched up and asked for the duct tape. We tried to clean his foot a bit and were (apparently) being a little too slow and cautious for his liking. He ripped the tape from our hands and quickly put two pieces of tape on the back of his foot (kind of crinkled and bunched up) threw the tape at us and said see not so difficult and trotted on down the trail. As most people do he hit a few low points along the way and we even had to drag him into the shower in Lone Pine during the late morning of day 2. We dragged him in sat him down pulled his feet just out and turned on the cold water to cool his core temps down a bit. I was really proud to play a small role on the team and happy to be a part of such a great race. The new course is different from the Badwater we all know...but it is certainly a course to be reckoned with. For me it s all about the camaraderie in the sport. I love my ultra running friends and their real raw honest attitudes. The conversations we have on the course are very special. any problems with the training aspect because I had the company of really amazing people to share the hours with. Whether it s race day or training day it s always the same... I m just enjoying the view the vibe and the company. AND WHAT ABOUT THESE EXTREME RACES HE COMPETES IN Reading Ultra Marathon Man was my tipping point. It s taken a while but I ve figured out why I do all the crazy things that I do I do them out of fear. I ve trained in mixed martial arts done jiu-jitsu skydived over 150 times and run these 100-milers...all in the name of fear. I m afraid of them. I m afraid of the challenge. I have recently determined that I am compelled to do what I fear to show that I can overcome myself. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 19 ERM ATHLETE PROFILE FEATURE ERM Kenneth Posner Double Badwater Finisher By Alix Shutello While the Badwater 2014 race was conducted on an altered course some athletes like Kenneth Poser chose to race individually on the old course looking to break existing personal records or beat existing ones. Posner set out to potentially beat Marshall Ulrich s course record a man who has inspired him over his years of endurance running. New Yorker Kenneth Posner age 51 decided to do something different this year run a double Badwater. Posner completed a 350-mile thru-run of New York s Long Path a well-known hiking trail from Fort Lee Historical Park in New Jersey to John Boyd Thacher State Park near Albany in New York. The Long Path a thread connecting many of New York s parks preserves and state forest lands along a bucolic trail was the perfect setting for the ultraathlete to test himself in managing longer distances. Completing The Long Path gave me the confidence to set my sights on longer distances Posner said. His coach the well-known Lisa Smith-Batchen was planning to run a Badwater Quad (which she completed making her the first female to do so see page ) and that inspired Posner to head back out to Death Valley to attempt a double Badwater along the original course. To prepare for this endeavor Posner continued the interval work he uses to prepare for marathons then integrated long runs races and exploring interesting road routes and trails of 30 40 50 and even 74 miles. Exploring new routes turns a long run into an adventure Poser said. At the same time I experimented with different nutritional strategies and even ran some long runs without calories in order to further develop my fat-burning capability and reduce my dependency on carbohydrates. 20 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 To prepare for the heat Posner completed several months of sauna training with light calisthenics to adapt his body to cooling itself under stressful conditions. Were you looking to beat Marsh or did that just happen by chance Marshall Ulrich is clearly one of the world s most prolific ultra-athletes. He has completed the 135-mile Badwater ultra numerous times including one double and one quad crossing. In 2013 Ulrich ran Badwater and then circumnavigated Death Valley (https 2012 07 23 circumnavigation-of-death-valley-a-go ). Posner researched a website that tracks all known 146mile crossings from Badwater to Mt. Whitney (https sites. site badwater146info ). Out of curiosity he scanned the times noting that Ulrich had also completed a Quad crossing. When someone pointed out Ulrich s double Badwater time to me it looked like it was right on the edge of what I might be able to achieve but only if everything went perfectly. It gave me a stretch goal to aim for helped me stay focused during training and pushed me to give everything I had on the course Posner noted. Marshall has been a huge inspiration to me (and countless others). For me the double was about doing the best I could possibly do out of respect for the people who came before me and paved the way. I think Marshall was excited to see someone get out there and try to improve the record. It s part of how much he loves the sport and shows how meaningful his legacy is. OVERCOMING CHALLENGES DURING BADWATER Heading up Towne Pass on the afternoon of the first day I started to run low on energy as I hadn t eaten a lot during the day. It s hard to eat when it s so hot (127 degrees F) and the carefully selected and tested foodstuffs I had brought with me were no longer palatable. I started eating Gatorade Carbo Chews but the sugar content was too much for me causing an insulin spike and shutting off of my fat-burning capabilities and leaving me weak and quivering. I sat down on the ground and waited for my crew to catch up. My two chiefs Diane Grecsek and Lynne Hewett forced me to try a bunch of different foods until I found something palatable (which turned out to be a strange combination of hard boiled eggs and chia seeds). That got me up and moving again. During the last night when it should have been a flat easy relatively cool final 45 miles we encountered ferocious headwinds which blew all night. I don t know how fast they were but the creosote bushes on the side of the road were jumping and whipping around and all you could hear was a howling in your ears. This being my second night without sleep (only 4 hours during the entire 94-hour run) I was losing my mental focus and struggling to maintain the speed necessary to set the new record. My two pacers Deanna Culbreath and David Staley made a huge difference by getting me to run forward (slowly) into the winds something I didn t think was possible until they showed me the way. From these two examples it s evident that my crew played an enormous role in helping me overcome challenges. Without their decisive contribution there would not have been a new record. (Dan Khalili Chris Dooley and Laura Casner were the other members of the crew.) We had an ambitious goal a detailed plan a team of good people who were all committed to the mission and who all made different contributions to getting it done. This left us with a very special feeling about the experience. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 21 ERM FEATURE ATHLETE PROFILE ERM As part of the run I was able to raise a little bit of money for New York Road Runners Youth Programs which organizes running instruction and events for young people in underserved areas who may not have much access to organized sports at school or in their neighborhoods. In today s sedentary world it s really important to get the next generation introduced to fitness not only for health reasons but so they can develop that spirit of focus discipline and determination which is so important in life. Anyone who would like to learn more about or support these programs can visit my website http Member PublicPage 3176. BEYOND BADWATER PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE Did anything unexpected happen during the race The headwinds blowing from the south were unexpected. But since I had been out on the course three times before I was able to plan for and execute the course with a good understanding of the challenges. What were three good things that came out of your completing this distance This was a tremendously positive team experience. We had an ambitious goal a detailed plan a team of good people who were all committed to the mission and who all made different contributions to getting it done. This left us with a very special feeling about the experience. Posner is currently training for the New York City Marathon hoping to shave another few seconds off his time. He s also researching some other possible adventures looking for records that seem impossible and possibly finding ways to beat them. But that process Posner notes is still in the works. You can connect with Ken on Twitter PosnerKenneth. QUAD BADWATER - Lisa Smith Batchen By Alix Shutello Lisa Smith-Batchen 53 has many accomplishments as an endurance runner. She is well known for her three eco-challenge finishes two Marathon du Saab finishes nine Badwater 135 finshes (including twice where she won as first female) Ironman finishes many 100-milers such as HURT and Wasatch as well as a multitude of 50-milers adventure races and other events. This year however she drove her passion for raising awareness for clean water in Africa by being the first woman to complete the Quad Badwater where she ran the course four times back-toback. Smith-Batchen has raised over 200 000 for her charity Badwater4Goodwater. Donations can be made at 22 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE Over the past three decades there has been steady growth in the number of athletes who are pushing their bodies and will to the limit by running swimming skiing cycling and rowing distances that once seemed impossible. 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He set a new record for the Guinness greatest-ever distance run barefoot in 24 hours covering a total of 211.519 kilometers beating the previous record of 181.5 km set by Australian Robert Knowles the same year. BAREFOOT On the way to his 24-hour record Botha also set the Guinness record for the fastest 100km barefoot recording 8 49 42 58 minutes faster than Knowles record time. Botha recounts his barefoot running experience in New Zealand with the following report. TRAINING The barefoot idea started when I saw Australian Robert Knowles doing it in Sydney in June 2012. I decided that I would incorporate it into my training regime and toughen up my feet as I had been struggling with bruised feet after the Commonwealth Champs in 2011. This all went well leading up to the World Champs in Poland in September 2012. I developed a Baker s cyst inside my right knee during the event and managed to hobble to 171km with much pain. I had already entered the Sri Chinmoy 12-hour race in early October 2012 and was planning to have a crack at the 100km record. My doctor Dr. Mayhew at the Millennium Institute said that I could give it a go and just see what happened. For four weeks I just walked barefoot a bit applied some ice and compression and took it easy. I had a 9km run out the week before on the track and all seemed well. I managed to take the new World Record by 4 minutes but suffered with blisters for weeks after that. Since then the record was taken in India by Sridhar M. Reddy (United States) to 10 47. It was taken again by Rob Knowles in April 2013 to 9 47 and the 24-hour to 181km. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 25 ERM FEATURE FEATURE These records were ratified the week before the event so I knew I had to put my best foot forward. I had done an 8 40 100km with shoes so I had no doubt that if I forgot I was barefoot I could do it After the World Champs in Holland in May 2013 I took a short break and started preparations in June. The base fitness was there so it just became a matter of following a consistent training program and toughening up my feet. I started by doing 100km weeks which included a 28km Saturday and 26km Sunday. On Saturday I would run about 8km to the track spend an hour on the track barefoot ( - 12 km) put the shoes back on and run 8km back via a popular burger outlet. As I trained I pushed my weekly distance to a max of 130km 30km would be barefoot by taking my shoes off about 5km from finishing my weekly after-work runs. I would try and stay at a 12 to 14 km h pace for 13km Monday to Friday with the two longer runs over the weekend. I would throw in a rest day when I felt like it usually after about six runs. My first pre-marathon came early September (North Shore Marathon) which I ran barefoot. I ran with my partner Anita for her first marathon. I was then targeting a fast Legend Marathon in mid-September as I knew from 2011 that if I had a good marathon a few weeks out from race day I would have a good one. I ran a personal best marathon (time of 3 03) two weeks before my 24 hr PB of 222km in Wales in 2011. The Legend went according to plan and I managed a 3 06 on a tough course in beastly conditions. RACE DAY IN AUCKLAND AND THE WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT The race was upon us and I started my day like I normally do had a good sleep after ribs and chips the night before woke up at 7am and had my bowl of oats coffee and a banana. Weather conditions seemed perfect which was a huge relief I got to the race venue at 8am and started some mental preparation. It was a bit of a panic as I had to find a spot for my groceries find a few witnesses register find a spot for my camera and take my shoes off. I then joined my fellow competitors on the track just as we were being introduced and the race was on I started with ease catching up with all my old mates and meeting new ones. We were going to spend a lot of time ERM In these races you see people crying vomiting swearing and screaming in absolute agony. together so it was good to get to know one another. I think with these races we all experience so much together and the bonds that form are everlasting. After a few laps a pit stop was needed to get rid of the last few nerves. When I got back onto the track I decided to pick things up a bit. My plan was to average 10km h for the first 20 30km and then pick up the pace. I was targeting 9 30 for the 100km and was just going to worry about a possible 200 in 24 hours after that. After about 6km I was feeling great I picked up an 11-12km pace early on. A colleague Dave said to me as I passed You re going too fast I thought he might be right. But I was feeling good so I convinced myself How will I know what I am capable of if I don t push it As long as I wasn t sweating or breathing heavily and couldn t feel my heart jumping I would just go for it My food intake during the race was regular and according to plan. After 1 hour I had eaten an egg and mayo sandwich. At 2 hours only a banana some water Coke and R-line occasionally. I don t normally follow a program but just try to nibble some food every hour and have a drink every 30 minutes. WORLD RECORD NUMBER ONE The 6-hour point came and went and was won by ShannonLeigh Walker with 71km and Michael Dall with 64km I think. The track got quieter but the support grew throughout the afternoon. I was cruising with my calves tightening and feet becoming a bit sensitive in the 20 degree Celsius afternoon sun. I started craving something what was it I know Fanta orange And lemonade popsicle I asked my 26 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 TIME FOR ANOTHER WORLD RECORD The next record was looming 181-point-something km. Three laps to go Camera ready Stopwatches How are we going to measure this random distance Let s just complete the lap and run a bit more to make sure... That s what we did. I had 4 hours in the bag to play with...maybe 200km OK let s do it Nobody was really sure where the mark was so I just ran an extra 30km to make sure. I would measure myself with hourly goals. If they weren t around 10km then I would try to push myself a bit. team to go find me these things. When they arrived 30 minutes later I was close to the record and we started getting things organized video ready stop watch ready one more lap I pushed on thinking to myself This is close to my personal best with shoes on 8 40 How is this possible We did it 8 49 42. MOVING ON TO THE NEXT RECORD Twelve hours came with 124 km on the board and I started to relax a bit. I spent some more time chatting with my mates on the track and supporters along the side. Then the indigestion started. Every step I took there was a burp. I couldn t shake it off. Another fellow runner seemed to have the same issues but on another level Flatulence in F-major Nothing would work for me...more Fanta apple juice custard I don t know. I had two ibuprofen for my calves. The incredible thing was the feet were holding up. They had less pain than in the first half. I put this down to the track cooling down and a bit of numbness. We were getting to the business end at this stage. Dad where are you Are you watching Mom are you checking Facebook I was watching my mates struggling and showing incredible courage. I managed to get to 100 miles in 17 hours and was feeling great (though still burping). My good friend Simon Clendon was having his ups and downs and they were on opposite extremes miserable at times and then he would start floating with a smile. He had a goal and he was going to achieve it no matter what Most of us could relate to that. The walkers the runners everybody and that s what make these athletes admirable. Kerrie Bremmer (Australia) was a consistent running machine It seems unbelievable what the human body is capable of at times. The birds started singing and the finish was in sight. Not the finish line we had crossed that hundreds of times. The countdown had begun. My breakfast order had arrived coffee and a breakfast burger from the aforementioned burger joint. The coffee kept me going through the night like super juice. The burger couldn t go down but I was hungry...had to get at least half down the hatch. The sun was getting higher and the crowds were gathering. I could feel the excitement growing I know from past experiences how awesome the last two hours can be for the athletes and the spectators. The last few laps were incredible. I got to 200km in about 22 50. No way By this stage some guys who had taken a rest found themselves back on the track. The crowd was cheering. I heard my name. Jeez I wish my Mom brother sister and whole family were here. Dad How are you mate Are you watching from above So this is what it feels like to win. Awesome team The atmosphere was electric. The runners were awesome and the support was humbling 211.5km (and still burping ). In these races you see people crying vomiting swearing and screaming in absolute agony. They seize up and their bodies tell them there is absolutely no way they can continue but their minds tell them otherwise. They pick themselves up slowly start moving forward and decide to continue for another 6 hours. This is what inspires me. The 24 hour record was broken (still to be ratified) by American Andy Snope about a month ago in Alaska and now stands at 220km. Botha will be attempting to break this record again in 2 weeks time on September 27 2014. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 27 ERM FEATURE FEATURE ERM Krige Schabort Rolling with Life and Winning Big By Alix Shutello Krige Schabort is a Paralympic athlete from South Africa who has had an illustrious athletic career and is a five-time New Balance Falmouth Road Race and Falmouth Mile champion in the wheelchair division. He recently returned from Alberta Canada having won the ITU World Triathlon Grand Finaleand World Championships a 750-meter swim 20.4-kilometer bike 5-kilometer race. Krige Schabort was a surfing dude from Cape Town South Africa. While he ran middle distances in school he was always attracted to the waves and the surf. Schabort s life changed drastically on November 2 1987 when the then-corporal in the South African Army and his unit came under attack by Russian planes in the Angola Border War. A bomb exploded next to Schabort who remembers seeing his foot on his chest before lapsing into a coma. He wound up losing both legs. Wheelchair-bound but determined to not let his accident take away from his love of outdoor sports he was fortunate enough to attend a wheelchair track race which ultimately changed his life. It was immediately something I wanted to pursue Schabort said. He started by racing around in his hospital wheelchair then tried to beat runners in their races. He loved it and couldn t get enough. After getting his first racing wheelchair he and his wife drove 10 hours so he could compete in his first wheelchair marathon an endeavor which would prove to be difficult...difficult enough that he considered quitting after this first race. But something pushed him to keep going. To improve his fitness he started swimming which led to racing triathlons. Schabort and wife Caron came to the United States in 1997 and settled in Atlanta Ga. intending to stay for only a few years but in 2009 they and their family became US citizens. I m very very glad we did it Schabort says. This is the perfect situation. It turned out to be a great decision As Schabort trained in the US he also obtained access to potential sponsors. 28 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 Most of my swim training was with a group that also trained for Ironmans which was great because we pushed and motivated each other all the way. I completed my first half Ironman with great results and a fast swim time. From there I obtained a swim sponsor TYR who just happened to be in Atlanta for a visit someone lined me up to talk with them. It was his sponsors who suggested that he compete at Kona Ironman and it was a dream come true. I always had the dream of going to Kona so with my sponsor behind me my wife excited about it and the fact I wasn t getting younger...I made my decision and started training. I loved it Schabort said. There was a passion for it so the miles and hours of training started going up and up. In 2010 Schabort completed Kona thanks to the support of his sponsors. CREDIT ALIX J. SHUTELLO inside me winning feels the best So pushing myself into the ready happens often he said. TRAVEL AND RACING BUDGETS Budgeting for travel and racing gives Schabort a lot to think about. To do well I have to travel and race a lot and traveling with so much equipment is a challenge by itself a racing chair handcycle swim gear tools pump clothing et cetera he explained. Therefore travel needs to be planned carefully. Schabort chooses his marathons based on those he is invited to and on their prize structure. I always want to minimize my travel expenses and max on prize money at marathons Schabort explained. And this is because triathlons and Iron-distance events do not offer any financial incentive. Fortunately his sponsors have been able to provide him with top-notch equipment which helps. Some sponsors like the Challenged Athletes Foundation gave him a one-year grant. Shepherd Spinal Center has been his key sponsor as well as other smaller organizations have helped pay for plane tickets and race entries. Others like Top End his equipment sponsor of many years have provided Schabort with custom built bikes and racing wheelchairs. Sponsors have also provided funds for travel. HANDLING INJURY AND SETBACKS In terms of injury Schabort has had setbacks due to his previous back injury as well as crashes and flat tires. He once went over a little girl during the Boston Marathon. He has also T-boned his racing chair into a police motorcycle injuring his wrist. His most dangerous accident occurred when a drunk driver hit him while he was training with his boys thankfully the police caught the driver hours later. Despite it all Schabort has a positive outlook on life and on competition. I am blessed to have a second chance in life. Talented or not I always wanted to make the best of it. Visit for more on the sport of Paratriathlon and the five sport classes. KRIGE ON THE PODIUM AFTER THE FALMOUTH MILE Today even after racing hundreds of marathons that bittersweet moment always gives me an inner smile and a huge satisfaction Schabort reminisced. KEEPING IT TOGETHER MENTALLY When it comes to training and competition Schabort is very keen on staying positive. Positive self-talk is very important to me. If can fill my mind with positive things success in reaching goals is so much closer. Years ago I had a back injury and in working through it I adopted a never give up attitude. During tough times those inner emotions and thoughts carry you to the finish line. I love competing and it s just something I have SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 29 ERM FEATURE REGIONAL NEWS ERM Rick Amernick s DC Capital Striders By Alix Shutello Endurance Racing Magazine caught up with Rick Amernick president and founder of DC Capital Striders attempting his second 50K event at The North Face Endurance Challenge in June 2014. The ultra runner originally from Baltimore is committed to the runners he has befriended through the years he hosts training runs in DC Reston and Tysons Corner Va. as well as organizes trail runs in Great Falls Park Va. We d like to know how old you were when you made that first step to go to ultra distances. What drove you over the edge A life experience Just circumstance ERM I got into trail running when I was selected to be an assistant coach for the Washington DC North Face Endurance Challenge training program in 2009. I met a group of trail runners who were training for the fall race at the time marathon 50K and 50 mile. We would meet on Wednesdays in Great Falls Park and Saturdays at Algonkian State Park in Virginia. I am still friends with many of those runners to this day. AMERNICK I ultimately got into doing ultras because many of my fellow runners were doing them and I thought I d give it a try. ERM So how did you progress into ultra marathons AMERNICK I was just a regular everyday runner when I joined a running group in 2006 which would ultimately become the DC Capital Striders. Up to that point I had not run longer than a few 10K distances but since 2006 I have run 4 marathons many half marathons and now two ultra marathons. I got into triathlons between the years 2011 and 2013 and completed several international distance triathlons century bike rides and half Ironman distance 30 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 My tips to success are as follows Pay very close attention to how you feel rest as much as you can and run for your next run not for the run you are doing in the moment. Eat healthy use foam rollers ice massage and do core strengthening. And run in a group--it helps a ton races. My first ultra marathon was The North Face Endurance Challenge (NFEC) California in December 2013 where I did the 50K distance. I competed in my second NFEC 50K the following June. ERM We d like to know a little about your mental training as an ultra marathoner. It takes a certain mental fortitude to do this sport. What drives you and keeps you sustained during competition ERM Tell us how the DC Capital Striders came to be. The story is online at but basically I happened to be in the right place at the right time. It was a group I inherited and ultimately named with the woman who was running the group at the time. When the group began in 2006 there were only a few of us and within a few weeks I had become the group s leader. Over the years the group swelled to about 500 runners we became a force in the DC area. AMERNICK I enjoy the social aspect of the sport and being around driven and optimistic people. Trail runners have a special way of including everyone in the sport they know there will be good days and bad days and they enjoy the outdoors and nature and those are my kind of I enjoy being around them as often as I can. AMERNICK What can you take away from your experiences of becoming an ultra runner ERM Over the past eight years DC Capital Striders has volunteered at numerous races in the community and organized our own races for various charities including American Red Cross Salvation Army DC Central Kitchen Back on my Feet High Cloud Foundation Wounded Warrior Project and Special Love. It s pretty amazing how far we have come. I became a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America and lead runs through the DC metropolitan area. I ve learned that becoming an ultra runner is about adopting a lifestyle and a mindset and that the running is the easy part. Pay attention to nature your breathing your pace the people around you feel the energy and be in the moment. You will fall get up. You will have good days embrace them. You will have bad days embrace them. Run because you can AMERNICK ERM What are the future goals for DC Capital Striders AMERNICK Our goals are to create healthy communities both physically and mentally as well as to give back to society leave no trace and make this world a better place. SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 31 ERM REGIONAL NEWS TRAINING ERM By John Glynn Hitting The Wall (known to many as bonking ) sounds like an aggressive painful almost sadistic activity doesn t it While you are not literally hitting a wall there is a definite feeling of agony one that is often accompanied by feelings of frailty faintness blurred vision and other distressing ailments. Usually arriving around the 23rd mile of a marathon this nightmarish feeling is thought to correspond with depletion in glycogen levels (the fuel that propels us through a trying run). I am not just talking about cramping or a buildup of lactic acid I am talking about a physical form of treason by our body. Here undeniably we see a total disintegration of our entire system our bodies brains and souls deceive us leaving us feeling utterly disillusioned and deficient. For many athletes two types of crashes are extremely familiar the muscleglycogen collapse and the blood glucose collapse. The former relates to the brain functioning strongly but the legs turning to jelly while the latter relates to the legs moving nicely and the brain turning to mush. An athletic crash is a wretched marriage of dehydration training inaccuracies gastric issues and dietary negligence. If you have run long distances there is a high chance that you and the dreaded bonk have met at one point. You still wake up in a cold sweat thinking of that time you were moving in a confident manner but then out of the blue with five miles to go your feet deserted you in a manner so callous that only Shakespeare could describe. Benn Berkeley an athlete from Chapel Hill Lewes England competed in the first-ever multi-discipline race across Siberia s Lake Baikal and is better qualified than most to discuss the dreaded Wall. When asked to describe his approach to the physical and mental barrier Berkeley said For me The Wall is the first step to reaching where I want to be. I have become fascinated with the third man factor and would 32 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE like to understand it on a personal level. The only way I can do that is by experiencing it and the only way to experience it is to go somewhere mentally and physically that I have never been before. So in a way I look forward to it in order to push harder than ever before and try and find the third man . So I guess it s curiosity that gets me through The Wall...but a very strong sense of curiosity The ability to manage pain is something we all have. Most people don t ever put themselves into a situation to invoke this ability but when they do it brings a sense of achievement. Our bodies have two primary sources of energy glycogen (carbs) and fat. Just beneath the skin fat is stored in adipose tissue while glycogen is stored in our liver and muscles. Storing about 500 grams of glycogen roughly 2 000 calories an average athlete can raise this level by superior training and amassing a more muscular frame. On the other hand fat reserves are much larger and even slender athletes can store more in excess of 50 000 calories within their fat tissue. However as we all know running doesn t just favor glycogen over fat it demands it. When glycogen reserves are less than 10 percent our bodies can quickly enter a phase of malfunction. While not every runner has hit the proverbial Wall each of us certainly knows what it feels like to reach a point where the thought of lying down and waving the white flag seems quite appealing. After experiencing a dreaded crash an individual begins questioning the legitimacy of carbo-loading SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 while endurance athletes question the supposed intelligence associated with a high-protein diet. While babies cry and women weep we demand answers. Fundamentally the science behind crashing is a combination of the physical and psychological...areas that we will now examine. extending your longest run to 26 miles (or more) could very well help you avoid encountering or hitting The Wall. How about Wayne Botha one of world s greatest barefoot runners does he cope with grueling endurance-based events The Takapuna Harrier ran his first ultra marathon almost two decades ago quickly following it up with the Comrades 89km ultra marathon (a race very close to many South African hearts). Having won a bronze medal with the New Zealand team at the 2011 Commonwealth 24-Hour Championships in Wales Botha covered more than 220km and earned a fifth-place individual finish. Botha says I know how powerful the mind can be and what a huge influence it can have on the outcome of a race. We often experience extreme highs and lows and the body sometimes just wants to shut down. The only thing that can drag us out of these deep troughs is our mind. The motivation and support of others is also vital to help flip the switch but at the end of the day the only finger on the switch is that of the runner. Obviously possessing a deeply personal relationship with running Botha continued The ability to manage pain is something we all have. Most people don t ever put themselves into a situation to invoke this ability but when they do it brings a sense of achievement. One of the components of bonking involves a reduction in chemical energy fuel stored in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The biological gasoline is acquired from the breakdown (metabolism) of energy-laden foods. For the majority of athletes their principal fuel sources come in the form of carbohydrates. Blood glucose and glycogen are widely regarded as the most powerful methods of energizing endurance-based exercise. Also if we are low on carbs then fats such as fatty acids in the bloodstream and muscle triglycerides can assist in fuelling us during events that require immense levels of stamina. Fats are the most concentrated type of dietary oomph available and even BENN BERKELEY the gauntest of runners possess enough body fat to get them through hundreds of kilometers. However we require readily available fuel and fatty acid breakdown takes quite some time something runners do not usually have. An abundance of circulating oxygen is elusive commodity when one is competing in endurance-based events. At this point unquestionably carbs prove to be king. The metabolism of carbs requires far less oxygen. Take a marathon for example if you begin by running at a realistic pace a pace that suits you your consumption of fuel will be about 77 percent carbohydrates and 23 percent fatty acids. The farther you run the faster your carb supplies evaporate and that quotient changes rapidly as your body begins to look toward fatty acids for urgent assistance. WAYNE BOTHA I find it fascinating how running can clear one s mind. Some say it is the endorphins that give us the runner s high. I experience this constantly. It may be due to sucking in large amounts oxygen or just being at peace with nature. I don t know but I enjoy whatever it is. Be it in a race or just training for an event my mind seems to slow down a bit. The PAUL ROMERO mundane noise of life seems to become silent. Even though I am totally awake and aware everything happening around me I am able to start thinking on another wavelength. I become in tune with Essentially when precious glycogen levels are depleted waste my body. All thoughts seem to be intensified and focused. My and fatigue toxins accumulate muscles much faster than they senses seem to be heightened. can be eliminated and a body s operation systems break down both mentally and physically. A major factor is that As Botha asserts psychological obstacles will always confront many in vogue marathon training regimens state that the us but having the mental capacity to overcome them can longest run should be 20 miles something that leaves the improve our physical ability in every sense imaginable. last 6.2 miles as unexplored terrain. So with that being said SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE 33 ERM TRAINING TRAINING ERM Paul Romero an imposing athlete and a talented mountaineer states It is without doubt or debate within the power of the human mind to push through barriers that can completely defy logic. Time and time again the human spirit has brought tissue and a heartbeat through the lowest valleys of which a human body can endure when every fiber is worn thin and not a cell in the body should have the energy to live. no-fear approach that was initially displayed by some unique runners of yesteryears. Samuel Wanjiru the great Kenyan is perhaps the best example of a man who displayed this very attitude. Despite the hot and humid conditions of Beijing Wanjiru led the famous marathon from beginning to end a feat that went against the common philosophy held by distance runners. As we push ourselves to the limit as we test our own personal boundaries there will come a stage where victory or defeat pivots not on the physical but exclusively on the psychological. Yes the physical exertion needed to run in excess of 20 miles is great but it is cerebral obstinacy that can pull us through the most testing of times. If you can recognize that a segment of your race will be solely hinged on a mental setting one plagued by thoughts of failure pains and loss then certainly you can prevail. Although you may be overwhelmed by feelings of misery these feelings are a brief thunderstorm they will pass and you will succeed. As we push ourselves to the limit...there will come a stage where victory or defeat pivots not on the physical but exclusively on the psychological. Four years ago along with Karen Lundgren and his son Jordan Romero made it to the top of Mt. Everest. Remarkably the then-thirteen-year-old Jordan became the youngest person in history to successfully reach the epic summit. Having effectively conquered the legendary Seven Summits Paul races on Team SOLE one of the most prominent adventure racing teams in the world. Who better to give advice than the aforementioned men Captivatingly recent US-based research has shown that fatigue can be conquered and seems to resemble a sensation rather than a physical occurrence. In the past undoubtedly this hypothesis was contentious scrutinized by people who actively felt and experienced exhaustion. Nevertheless a study involving carbohydrate mouthwash delivered interesting results. Instead of being given a conventional carbohydrate drink during high-intensity exercise researchers found that a person s performance dramatically improved after using the carbohydrate mouthwash. Why Researchers concluded that carbohydrates are identified in oral cavities by mysterious receptors thus making one assume that the brain has the ultimate say in limiting and promoting our functioning. The supremacy of the brain has been even more evident in the last three years where we have witnessed a huge improvement in marathon times with a number of athletes significantly bettering the 2011 world record time of 2 03 59. Many sports psychologists agree that one reason for this development directly relates to a self-confident 34 ENDURANCE RACING MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 FALL CLASSIC 50 Mile & 50K Ultra Races Custom Buckles to ALL Finishers of Either Event Pre and Post Race Meals Complimentary Photos Limited to 200 Participants Epic Finish Line Saturday October 25 2014 Ottawa Kansas STRONGER THAN IRON By Wayne Kurtz and Stefan Zetterstrom Stronger than Iron is the story of a bunch of dedicated athletes who for a month in 2013 raced an Ironman a day for 30 days. The infamous Triple DECA Iron held in Italy pushed many athletes beyond their limits. In the end only eight men would finish the 72-miles of swimming 3 360-miles of biking and 786-miles of running for total 4 218 total miles. Development and organization of the Triple DECA took an unimaginable concept and made it imaginable. Representatives from The Guinness Book of Records attended the Triple DECA under the tagline The longest race in endurance sports history. Read about this incredible experience. Get to know the faces personalities and experiences of the men and women who accomplished such an amazing mental and physical feat. What were the challenges What were the lessons What compelled these men and women to push the limits of mental and physical endurance. This story will rivet and awe you as you discover what it takes to not only participate but FINISH a Triple DECA event --a worldrecord breaking endurance race. 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