What’s the Value?

Tim zipping into mile 30 aid station at Bear 100. And then the race was over at mile 52. Photo: Phil Berghauser

Tim zipping into mile 30 aid station at Bear 100. And then the race was over at mile 52. Photo: Phil Berghauser

A tub of topics today here on Elevation Trail. DNFs, Boston Marathon qualifying, the stress of big races, punishing your body, not being able to exercise, race directing, broken bikes, thanks to supporters of ET.

Music: LCW, Song: “Lubrication”


What’s the Value?


Mike Aish – Dealing with DNF and Lots More

aish climbMichael Aish joins us today on Elevation Trail to discuss a world of topics. He’s fresh off his DNF at Leadville 100 over the weekend and has a lot of interesting perspectives on racing and ultrarunning in general, delivered in a way only Mike can do it. Very fun show! Hope you enjoy it.

Mike Aish Interview

The Value of Failure

Tim on the verge of DNF at Pine to Palm 100

Tim on the verge of DNF (failure) at Pine to Palm 100


Everyone has experience with failure at some level. What impact or meaning does it have for us? Do we fear it irrationally? How can we leverage failure to increase success in our ultrarunning, other sports, and life in general?

Also, hear about yo-yos and motorcycles…

Hope you enjoy this fun show!


Download .mp3 file here: https://elevationtrail.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/failure-in-ultrarunning.mp3

Void of DNFs in Results, Race Directing, and Andrea Feucht

Heavy show today, right down to a little glam rock intro.  Today Gary David, Andrea Feucht, and myself (Tim Long, duh) chat about several things, including DNFs not showing up in results, both in individual races and in accumulated race results like Ultrasignup.  We also discuss various aspects of race directing and some other topics like overcrowding in ultras.  Download us in iTunes and take us with you on your runs this weekend.  Thanks for listening.


Leadville 100 and Corporate Manhandling of Ultrarunning

P1470139Welcome back to Elevation Trail.  This episode is produced here, LIVE, in Boulder Colorado from a local brewery (so excuse the slurring).  Today we talk about the growth and corporate management of the Leadville race series, specifically the Leadville 100 Trail Run.  Where are we going with this sport?  Is money helping or hurting our experience?  Gary discusses his new project and his relationship with his new little friend, Little Nicky.  Join us and please offer up your opinions on some of the topics we cover.  Thanks!

Big Nicky's Race Clothes

Nick Clark’s race clothes inadvertently left out in the open.

Nick and Gary

Gary’s final race tips to Nick Clark


Seconds Count – A Finish or Not?

Fort Collins, Colorado resident, Alex May did everything all the other Western States 100 finishers did.  He lined up at 5am at the start line in Squaw Valley, covered all the check points along the 100 miles of trail, ran around the Placer High School track, and crossed the finish line with people cheering loudly.  His status on the WS100 site?  “Dropped”.

Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 8.31.18 AMGary David was able to chat with Alex about his Western States adventure and talk about the range of feelings one experiences when he is the first finisher who runs out of time.  Hope you enjoy the interview.  Here’s Alex’s report.

Seconds Count WS100