Welcome to another episode on the Orange Mud Endurance Channel! Paul Jesse, Sales Manager at Orange Mud, and myself, Josh Sprague, Founder and CEO of Orange Mud, will be here your host today. We’re super excited to have founders, Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin of the Leadville Race Series.
For those that don’t know, the Leadville Race Series consists of a 100 mile endurance run, 100 mile endurance ride, 10k trail run, heavy half marathon, trail marathon, 50 mile trail run, and a 50 mile bike. The Leadville Trail 100 Run is what started it all, and is an ultramarathon held annually that traverses the trails and dirt roads near Leadville, Colorado. Founded in 1983, runners this ultra climb and descend almost 16k feet in elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,620 feet. Generally the completion rate is less than 50% within the 30 hour time limit. Needless to say, it’s a tough event.
We are very excited to have our first nutritionist guest, Angie Asche on the podcast. She is the founder of Eleat Sports Nutrition, has a masters of science degree in nutrition and physical performance, is a registered dietician specializing in sports nutrition, and a clinical exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. So basically she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to nutrition! In this episode we cover daily nutrition, pre/during/post race nutrition, Taco Bell versus McDonalds and booze. All in relation to endurance training and racing. We could have talked with Angie all day, so check it out!
We are very excited to have the rock star from Texas, a guy that puts on a ton of trail run events, has his own apparel company, and has an amazing back story that led him on this journey, Rob Goyen, the race director of Trail Racing Over Texas. He has an amazing back story of weight loss and addiction that was transformed into endurance rowing, running, and the creation of one of the strongest trail and ultra running race series in the country.
Nickademus Hollon started racing in High School. Not just 5k's or track like most of us, he ran 100 miles once in high school too! We dug into training tips, lifting in support of running and activating muscles, Barkley, Badwater, Tor des Geants, Fat Dog, and some other amazing races that he's tackled or will be tackling soon like the Double Brutal.
Many people know of Craig from being the race director of the Western States 100. But many don't know that he is also the co founder of the Waldo 100k, an accomplished rock climber, has an insane one mile speed record, and is running in the WS100 this year as well as racing in it. We had a lot of fun picking his brain about the event history, growth, challenges and more, plus had some fun learning who Mr. Lord Balls is and where in the world that name came from. You might even learn something about bloody nipples in this one.
Scott Mills has been ultrarunning for almost 40 years. His experience and passion for the sport exemplifies how to endure for the long haul, not just in a race, but over the years as well. Listen in to learn more about his journey through Western States 100 finishes, Hard Rock finishes, race directing, riding in an evac basket under a helicopter and more.
Join us Jim and Lelan walk us through the the history, challenges, changes, growth and craziness of the Dirty Kanza 200 gravel grinder race. This is one of the most iconic gravel grinder races across the US with 2200 athletes in total races across the various distances offered. Emporia Kansas may not be known as having the best singletrack, but it has some amazing gravel roads and is quickly becoming one of the primary destinations for endurance mountain biking across the US.
Learn more at: http://dirtykanza.com
About: Dirty Kanza Promotions was founded in 2006 by Jim Cummins, with the assistance of fellow cycling enthusiast Joel Dyke. At that time, gravel grinding was just beginning to catch the interest of the endurance cycling community. However, Jim had grown up in the Flint Hills of east central Kansas and had been riding gravel for decades. Inspired by some of the early gravel grinder events… and convinced the Flint Hills had the best gravel to be found anywhere in the world, Jim and Joel decided to create Dirty Kanza 200.
Initially, these two gravel aficionados had no idea the extent to which this whole gravel grinding thing would grow, nor did they give it any real thought. That wasn’t what motivated them. They both simply felt their lives had been enriched through cycling. And DK200 was their attempt to give back to the cycling community.
Since then, the popularity of gravel grinding has exploded and is now the fastest growing genre in the cycling industry. The popularity of DK200 has grown too, from 34 participants in 2006, to an anticipated 2,200 riders in 2017. And while that growth has brought with it a few changes to our format and the way we have to manage certain aspects of the event, one thing has remained constant… DK200 is a grass-roots event, organized and managed by folks who are passionate about cycling, and done so for the primary purpose of providing life-enriching cycling experiences for our event participants.
Zach Bitter is the 12 hour world record holder (101.7 miles) 100 mile American record holder (11:40:55), 200k (125mi) track record holder (16:22:27), 100k track record holder (6:58:00) and 3 time USATF National champion 50 mile record holder. Aside from his speed, he's a low key guy that is great to chat with and loves to share his knowledge about running, nutrition, and life. In this episode we cover his win at Javelina 100 in 2016, training for 100 mile ultras, nutrition, Western States 100 goals and who wore the crop top better, Scott Jurek or Jim Walmsley.
Join us as we learn more about what it's like to be a race director, the struggles, success, fun, cost, and more. Paul has been putting on races for 5 years with Outdoor Pursuits and is an animal of an ultrarunner as well.