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2015 was another solid year in the mountains but a lack of focus yielded a summit list and speed records a lot less spectacular than what could have been.
I stopped running mountains and started running trails.
In May of 2015 I scrapped all of my mountain plans and began an obsessive trail running regimen. I covered around 900kms in two months to get ready to run half of the Iron Legs course with my ridiculously fast friend Mevlut Kont. I wanted us to win.
My haphazard training program of running as far and fast as possible every day actually worked and I set PR after PR until the end of July when I finally found the limits of what my was then able to do. Combining speed and endurance training in daily back to back consecutive runs, I over-trained and ended up having to take about 4 weeks off to recover to the point where I could comfortably run trails again. I salvaged the season with low intensity hike ‘n jogs and still managed to turn in a reasonable 133 ascents and 190,000m of elevation gain for 2015. I was and am capable of so much more.
The silver lining is that the adaptations and new level of fitness I built last summer now enable me to rip up mountain approaches like never before.
This year I am laser focused on what I’m best at, what I was born to do: crush peaks new and old. My passion for running mountains is stronger than ever. I am completely refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to take on my most ambitious mountain mission to date:
365,000m of elevation gain
Whichever comes first.
These are massive numbers that will require dedication, desire and focus. I will be smashing through limits, both personal and perceived, and that’s really the whole point of being alive. I look forward to all of the pain, joy, trials and adventure along the way. Most importantly I look forward to new memories of the mountains.