Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ski Tuning

For the majority of the MRC this last ultra running season was not very productive. At all. We have some pretty good reasons why but none of them are worth taking up space in this post. 

No, this post is about ski tuning and not the kind that involves wax and sharpening edges, instead it's about knocking the dust off the skis and the cobwebs from the boots. It's about making the first turns of this very young winter season and re-connecting with the Wasatch in what is quickly becoming my favorite season. Perhaps it should be called "Winter Tuning". Here is the evidence of our winter tuning from the past two days.
The only pic from Day 1, Greg in less than ideal conditions

Day 2 - Peter and Greg enjoying the ascent




Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cinque Terre Trail Running

Home Base - Vernazza

This past weekend was a long holiday weekend in Italy which afforded a great opportunity to travel to Cinque Terre (literally translated as 5 lands), a rugged section of the Italian Riveria with exceptional trails. While most tourists opt for the seaside trails that connect the five villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomagiorre, we took advantage of the higher trails that are seldom frequented and surprise and delight as one runs through vineyards, forests, and along windswept ridges. Here are some pictures of three great days of trail running followed by good food and wine (not necessarily in that order). 

Post run recovery drink and afternoon nap in the sun
Running through vineyards
Forest Trails

The trails would go through the heart of villages

Climbing out of Corniglia

Adrienne catching the train to the start of her run

The possible outcome of running along cliffs

Endless views of the sea

One of many surprise ruins along the trails