Jun 13


This year I was on the edge about whether or not to sign up for the 2011 Boise Ironman 70.3.  I ended up not signing up after the brutal beating I took from the wind last year.  Big mistake.

The weather was perfect for the race this year.  Very little wind, mild temperatures, however, the swim was cold.  Estimated water temperature was 62 degrees.  I’d be surprised if it made it over 55.  This didn’t seem to bother the racers too much as they posted some great times.  I was there to watch our Boise locals most of whom where our very own BFRs.

BFRs and Friends of BFRs

  • Ryan Lund
  • Trina Lund
  • Ryan Vestal
  • Andrew Parish
  • Eric Rawlings
  • Amber Kirtley-Perez
  • Tegan Brown

Boise’s own Trish Deim finished 2nd in her division with a time of 4:47:58.

Women’s top finishers

    1. Maqali Tisseyre     4:18:28
    2. Heather Wurtele    4:20:41
    3. Rachel McBride      4:22:14
    4. Heather Jackson    4:26:06
    5. Michelle Wu           4:26:54

Men’s top finishers

    1. Ben Hoffman                    3:52:41
    2. Nicholas Thompson        3:54:48
    3. Jeff Symonds                    3:55:26
    4. Paul Ambrose                  3:57:50
    5. Jesse Thomas                  3:59:06
Jun 10

Got a headache midway through our ride in the Boise Foothills last night.  I still have it.  This is how I feel today, not really much to say.

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Work feels overwhelming

May 25

This is it, this is the next race that I am signed up so far unless I attempt the Boise Half Ironman or the Boise Spudman Triathlon.

  My friends Morten and Jette, my wife and I are running the first half of The San Francisco Marathon.  This will be the first at this distance for my friends who have been training for about 4 or 5 months now and doing very well.  They’ll be using the run walk run method during the race. 

200808 SF Marathon 070I used the run walk during my full marathon but I’m still not sure if I’ll use it for the half or run it straight through.  I ran The Ogden Half Marathon in 2010 straight through and finished in 1hr and 38mins.  I won’t be able to hit that pace with a run walk.  I ran Ogden last week doing the run walk in 3:44.  My best marathon, again using the run walk, is 3:41.  I did this at Logan during The Top of Utah Marathon.  For marathon distances I run for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute and do this right from the start.  Start too late and your not going to get the benefits of the run walk.  The theory is to let your legs recover more often allowing your run to be at a faster pace throughout the entire race.  You can read more about it from the founder of this method, Jeff Galloway.

san_francisco_marathonThe training I’ve been doing for these races consists of a 4 mile interval run on Tuesdays, 4 mile tempo run on Thursdays and a long run on Saturday mornings.  Since I just ran the marathon and don’t have any races over 13.1 miles coming up in the near future my long runs will be around 12 to 14 miles.  Morten has been increasing his mileage by one mile on his long runs every other week.  This has been working out great for him and he finished 12 miles this weekend at an overall pace of 8:15 using the run walk. 

The San Francisco Marathon has two half marathons.  You can sign up to run the first half of the marathon or the back half.  We chose the first half because Morten and Jette did.  They chose the first half because you get to cross The Golden Gate Bridge twice, over and back.  If you want to do the first half you’d better sign up fast.  We all received an alert yesterday saying the front half it almost full.

May 22

 First Entry           Race Results          Photos            Course Map

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These are just few of my pics from the Ogden Marathon start.  Just waiting in a cow pasture until around the fires near the porta potties for the race to start.  Every year before this one has been freezing.  This year  was still a little chilly unless you were dressed for it.  We were all dressed for it.  🙂


It had been raining for a couple of days before the race.  It was nice this morning but the ground was still really wet.  So, we all put on our designer booties.



You do Ogden enough times you remember two things.  Dress warm while you wait and bring something to sit on.



This is just a sample of the scenery that you’ll see during the Ogden Marathon.


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Just taking in all of the marathon experience.                   Pedicure shot.




I’m not sure if these two are running or if the 3,000 of us just stumbled upon their campsite.




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Our “Say Queso!” shots.  You can see the hills in the background that are the backdrop view for most of the race.  You can also see either a lot of the runners taking bong hits or standing around camp fires.  I’ll let you decide for your viewing pleasure.

May 14

The first ride started out pretty tough for me.  Shane, Dan and Syd are just a yappin away as we are going up the beginning of the trail and I can’t breathe.  Once I got to Kestral Hill I was slow but at least my body adapted and I could breathe again.

bobs trail boise foothills We headed over to Hulls Gulch, up Trail 1 and down Bob’s trail.  Bob’s is one of our favorites.  Plenty of rocks and opportunity for endows and injury.  I’m proud to say I only flew over the handle bars once on this, the first ride of the season for me.  Sad thing is I clean the difficult section of rocks and then endow on an easy part.  Leave it to Pablo.

Spring time is a great time to run or ride in the Boise Foothills.  They are streaming with runners and bikers.  Looks like a giant ant hill.  Everyone was really polite to each other when passing in opposite directions.  Take driving on the roads, this is exactly the opposite, anti road rage.

If you are new to the Boise Foothills or maybe from out of town, here is an interactive map of the trails.  Here you can also find trail etiquette, rules about which trails dogs are allowed on and motorized and non-motorized trails.

Boise Foothills Maps

Next weekend, Ogden Marathon.

May 12

IMG_1335Here is a photo from my first mountain bike ride this year.  OK, it’s a pic from last year but I noticed I’m wearing the exact same shtuff and have the same bike.  I’ll let you know how it goes.   I have the Ogden Marathon next weekend so I’m just hoping I don’t hurt myself.  The odds are stacked against me with the way I ride.

The Boise Foothills have been pretty wet this season so I’m really looking forward to getting on some single track. 

This weekend I’m going to see if the nephew wants to go on a short 10 mile easy going run with me.  He just got back from Afghanistan, Army, and we’re having his homecoming party for him in East Idaho this weekend.  Thanks Jonny, we appreciate what you do.

May 09

Many of us starting out with one of the Garmin GPS watches don’t realize just how powerful and how many tools there are these watches.  I recently talked to someone that hated having to figure out when to run and walk during interval training and run walk distance runs.  This person had a Garmin 305.  I currently own the Garmin 305, Garmin 310xt and my wife has the Garmin 405.  Hopefully this will help you out when trying to set up your interval training runs.

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  • Press the mode button until you come to the main menu.  History, Training, Navigation and Settings will be your options.
  • Highlight Training and press Enter
  • Highlight Workouts and press Enter
  • Highlight Interval and press Enter

This is where you will get a list of interval types that you can choose from.  I set my watch up for Time / Rest Time.  On my runs over 14 miles I do the Run Walk Run method.  I set my Time running at 4 minutes and my walking time for 1 minute.  Here are the steps to set up this mode.  One you have reached this point the set up is the same for all of the options.

  • Highlight Time/Rest Time and press Enter
  • Highlight Time and select on of the preset options or Custom if you would like an interval that is not listed.  I use custom to select 4 minutes.
  • Once you are done repeat the same steps for setting up your Rest Time.
  • Set the number of intervals you plan on running.  For my long runs I set this at 99 just to make sure the watch doesn’t finish the workout before I do.

Turn the volume up so that you can hear the beep and you are set.  It will beep when you after each interval.

Garmin 310xt

  • Press the mode button until you come to the main menu.  History, Training, Navigation and Settings will be your options.
  • Highlight Training and press Enter
  • Highlight Workouts and press Enter
  • Highlight Interval and press Enter
  • Highlight the Type field
  • Highlight the Type of run interval you want, Time or Distance and press Enter
  • Highlight the Time field and select on of the preset options or highlight Custom if you would like an interval that is not listed.  I use custom to select 4 minutes.
  • Highlight the Rest Type field
  • Highlight the Type of walk or rest interval you want, Time or Distance and press Enter
  • Highlight Rest Time and select on of the preset options or Custom if you would like an interval that is not listed.  I use 1 minutes.
  • Set the number of intervals you plan on running.  Again, for my long runs I set this at 99 just to make sure the watch doesn’t finish the workout before I do.
May 03

Today I accidentally locked the keys on my Garmin 310xt.  Since I didn’t know how to unlock them I thought there may be others out there with the same problem.

It’s a very simple function.  Press the Mode and Arrow Up button at the same time.

Apr 19

Congrats to 2 more of our own BFRs on their finish at the Boston Marathon.  Ryan Finished with a 3:07:36 and Eric finished with a 3:20:57.  Both of these guys were neck and neck with Geoffrey Mutai and Moses Mosop until they went by Wellesley College.  Not sure what happened there but it seems that whatever it was happened to Eric longer than to Ryan.  They said something about kissing and jaw dropping.  Not sure what they meant.

It was great going online and watching their progress throughout the race.  I’m sure not near a great as the experience they had during the weekend leading up to the event and during the race.  Great job guys.

Disclaimer:  Both of these runners did not use Kerry’s monkey feet during the filming of this marathon.

Apr 19

Vibram5Fingers Two of our boys finished the race, one with a PR at 1:59:15 in his monkey shoes.  Kerry insists he can run faster and eat more bananas when he wears these shoes, Vibrams.  John, in his normal shoes, ran a 1:54:55.  Alyssa, who is a trader and went to the Slothes, finished in 2:19:14.  Way to represent brothers!  And ex-sister in-law.  This years race must have been a lot easier since my PR on Robie is 2:00:21.

Finishing the race first were two Boise runners, Kameron Ulmer for the men and Maike Hothuijzen for the women.  This was the first time these two have placed first at Robie.  Ulmer finished the race with a 1:18:25 which means he is finished before I reach the top of Aldape Summit which is around mile 8.5.  Hothuijzen finished in 1:27:59 which still may have beaten my time to the summit.  Man, I’d better pick it up.  I’m 40, just coming into my prime.

This race is always a big deal in Boise and the surrounding areas and also brings in a lot of athletes, and others, from out of state.  This year the race sold out in under 20 minutes.  The rumor I heard was 12 minutes which has been verified by the grapevine.

Moses Kinikini Moses and Kaylee Kinikini, from the biggest loser ran the race this year.  I saw Moses at the back of the pack.  Not that he was a slower runner than everyone but he was awesome at stopping and shaking hands with the crowd.  Love these two.  Don’t know them, but I love em.  I even managed to get a shot of Moses when a youngster gave him a sword for this years pirate theme of “Plunderin’ for Booty”.

I really miss not running this race this year but I’m saving it for the Ogden Marathon in May.  Congrats all you Robie finishers!!