Category: Ultras

Cyprus, Race Reports, Training, Ultras

Race Report: Akamas Blossom Trail 50k

Link: Race & Registration Information Pre-Race: The Day Before The race began at 6am on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Because the location is quite far from where most people in Cyprus live, a majority of participants stayed at the Aphrodite Beach Hotel the night before (myself included). The hotel is also where registration took place …

Cyprus, Trekking, Ultras

FKT Attempt: The Beşparmak Trail

Last week, I wrote an article introducing the concept of Fastest Known Time records (FKTs) and how their popularity has skyrocketed. While that post was intended to be informational, the truth is that I have for some time been planning an FKT of my own and needed to do all that research anyway. Two weeks …

Appalachian Trail, Training, Ultras

Looking for Endurance and Speed? An FKT Primer

Fastest Known Time attempts (also known as FKTs) are, in the simplest terms, speed records for trails and established routes. Instead of a typical race with formal organization, aid stations, and spectators, FKTs are usually performed with little recognition and support.  They have become quite popular among endurance athletes in recent years as competition increases …

Training, Ultras

Next Race: Akamas 50K Ultramarathon

The first ultramarathon on my calendar in 2018 is a a 50K at the Akamas Blossom Trail Running Festival . This race is set in the beautiful Akamas Peninsula of Cyprus, on the north-west part of the island. This is the first edition of the race, which also features 7k and 21k options. I have been …

Buff Troodos Ultra 80k, Race Reports, Training, Ultras

Race Report: Buff Troodos Mountain Ultra 80k

Link: Race/Registration Information Pre-Race: The Day Before The race began at 4am on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Most of the 50k and 80k participants stayed overnight at the Troodos Hotel (myself included), which is the start, finish, and registration point for all races. I arrived at the hotel on Friday evening at about 7:00pm to find …

Buff Troodos Ultra 80k, Ultras

Next Race: Buff Troodos Mountain Ultra 80k

The next race I plan to participate in will be the Buff Troodos Mountain Ultra 80k, scheduled for October 7, 2017. I’ve been contemplating for a while now which distance I would like to run–whether I wanted to go for another 50k or jump up to the 80k–and I decided to go for the latter. Just …

Race Reports, Training, Ultras

Race Report: Garmin Troodos Mountain Marathon

Registration Registration was done online through the DroMeA Racing website. Info and announcements were made on their Facebook Event. Other races included a 15k and 5k race in addition to the Marathon. Registration cost 40€ with a 10€ discount if you registered early (by May 30th). Pre-Race: The Day Before This race took place in the …

Race Reports, Training, Two Castles 50k, Ultras

Race Report: Two Castles Mountain Ultra 50k

Link: Race Information Pre-Race: The Day Before The race began at 4am on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Most of the 50k and 80k participants stayed overnight at the Ambelia Village hotel (myself included), which is the finish line and registration point for all races (except the 50k, our finish was at Alevkaya). The organizers had arranged …

50k Weekly Training Update, Training, Two Castles 50k

Two Castles 50k Training – Week 20

Week 20: May 8 – May 13, 2017 Week 20 of my 50k Ultra Training is complete, and below is my summary for the week. Links: 50k Training Plan Monday:  AM: 4 mile/6.4 km run on River Trail PM: OFF Tuesday: AM: Weights – Legs PM: OFF Wednesday: AM: 30 minute run on treadmill PM: Weights – Chest Thursday: AM: 2 mi/3.2km run on …

50k Weekly Training Update, Training, Two Castles 50k

Two Castles 50k Training – Week 19

Week 19: May 1 – May 7, 2017 Week 19 of my 50k Ultra Training is complete, and below is my summary for the week. Links: 50k Training Plan Monday:  AM: PM: OFF Tuesday: AM: 7 mile/11.2 km run on River Trail PM: Weights – Legs Wednesday: AM: 30 minute run on treadmill + Weights – Chest PM: OFF …

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