Tag: cyprus

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

Lessons Learned from a Successful FKT Attempt

Recently, I completed an Unsupported FKT Attempt of the 255km Beşparmak Trail in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. My total time was 4 days, 9.5 hours and included some of the most grueling and rewarding terrain I have ever experienced. Although I covered the experience extensively in my Trip Report (Read Part 1 & …

Race Reports, Training, Trekking

Beşparmak Trail FKT Trip Report – Part 2

This is Part 2 of  the Beşparmak Trail FKT Report. Be sure to read Part 1 first! Part 1 left off at the end of Day 2. Having hiked until nearly midnight the night prior, I was entering the longest day of the journey as my schedule indicated that I needed to cover 63km. It’s about …

Race Reports, Training, Trekking

Beşparmak Trail FKT Trip Report – Part 1

On March 2, 2018 at 06:30, I began my Unsupported FKT Attempt of the Beşparmak Trail in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. I completed the trail on March 6 at 1600 with a total running time of 4 days, 9.5 hours. A major part of verifying an FKT is the Trip Report, which adds …

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 …

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 …

Cyprus, Hotel Reviews, Travel

Hotel Review: Grecian Park Hotel, Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Occasion Veronica’s parents were visiting from the U.S., so we made a last-minute reservation at the Greican Park Hotel for a one-night stay to enjoy the area and the well-known hotel. Location The Greican Park hotel is located in the popular Ayia Napa district of Cyprus, which is essentially the Ibiza of Cyprus. Luckily, the …

Cyprus, Hotel Reviews, Travel

Hotel Review: Ambelikos Traditional Agrohotel, Potamitissa, Cyprus

Location Ambelikos Agrohotel is in the Troodos forested area, approximately 75 minutes from Nicosia.  This was our first visit to Ambelikos but our second to an “agrohotel,”–a traditional Cypriot villa that has been repurposed into a hotel but maintains local flare and style.  Most of these are small, family-run operations and are popular in the …

Cyprus, Travel

Exploring Agios Sozomenos

Always on the lookout for new things to see in Cyprus, we took a Sunday morning to go explore the small deserted village of Agios Sozomenos, which just just a 30-minute drive outside of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. Although not far off of the main motorway, one must navigate small and windy farm roads to reach …

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 12

Week 12: March 13 – March March 19, 2017   Week 12 of my 50k Ultra Training is complete, and below is my summary for the week. Links: 50k Training Plan Monday:  AM: 30 minute run on treadmill + Weights – Legs PM: OFF Tuesday: AM: 6 mi run on River Trail PM: Weights – Chest & Triceps Wednesday: AM: OFF …

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