What the eff happened??? (Rio 2018 3×3)

What happened in 2018 can be boiled down to this very simple thing: If there was any doubt that just getting out the door and running made a difference, I’ve just learned that lesson. The table above compares the Dec-Oct period of training for Rio 2016 versus Rio 2018. Rio 2016 I had a fabulous race […] more



Rio 100 mile 2018

Well. Do you want the good news or the bad news? The Rio Del Lago 100 miler was more like…83.5 miles. No 2018 qualifier for Western States. Even more depressing, it means that I don’t have a single successful race in 2018. Two 100 mile DNF’s. My single finish I do have is Loco100k…which was […] more

Dear Greenbean

Hey you, trying to get your horse up to a trail ride of double digits for the first time. Yes, you in the corner who did a long ride last weekend in the stunning time of…3 mph. Do you feel an eternity away from the miles and pace of an endurance ride? I’m here to […] more

Fortunately ML’s problem was also fixable

Unfortunately, it required abdominal surgery and eight weeks off after getting tuned up at Amber’s for three months. Fortunately we caught the problem REALLY early, something I probably wouldn’t have caught for a while (years?) because unlike Amber, I don’t see and interact with her daily. What was this thing? A granulosa theca cell tumor. […] more

Unfortunately….Farley had a massive hoof abscess

Fortunately she’s sound again! Unfortunately it *only* took 4 months. The day I sent MerryLegs to Amber (our Trainer-extraordinaire) the first week of May, Farley was lame. If I’m being quite honest, the last five years have been shit. But I had some how thought this was the point it all turned around because I’m […] more

Reader Question: Crewing

If you were crewing for me at a run, I would send you my Crew Document. This is a the “Bible” of crewing the running Mel. Along with race specific information in the beginning (which you can see in the screenshot), the remainder of the document is crewing advice and needs based on experience and […] more

Tahoe 3×3 Lessons Learned

Am I a nerd if I love 3×3 posts better than the actual event stories? The best advice for improving the next run or ride is choose the three best and worst things that happened during this one. If you, Dear Reader, are going through my blog looking for the gold nuggets to apply to […] more

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