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failures and futures... and other things I learned.

Yesterday I attempted something I've dreamed of accomplishing ever since I heard about it- breaking the consecutive summit record on Mt. Timpanogos. A "record for the criminally insane," is owned by Davy Crockett with the Quint Timp, which you can read about here.

I wanted 6 summits. (Those of you unfamiliar with the trail/distance/vert conditions of Mt. Timpanogos please read the above referenced post by Davy Crockett. He gives a great report on the trail I took and the general conditions of the mountain.)

Why?Is the question I get every time I admit my infatuation with the record. I feel like people are really asking, what on earth do you think you need to prove? and who do you need to prove it to?

Yeah, I know you don't say those words, but I know you think them. Yes, YOU dear blog reader. It's ok, I'd think them if I were you.

To understand my why you'd have to understand my introduction to distance running and the reason behind my first marathon finish.

I…

failures and futures... and other things I learned.

Yesterday I attempted something I've dreamed of accomplishing ever since I heard about it- breaking the consecutive summit record on Mt. Timpanogos. A "record for the criminally insane," is owned by Davy Crockett with the Quint Timp, which you can read about here.

I wanted 6 summits. (Those of you unfamiliar with the trail/distance/vert conditions of Mt. Timpanogos please read the above referenced post by Davy Crockett. He gives a great report on the trail I took and the general conditions of the mountain.)

Why?Is the question I get every time I admit my infatuation with the record. I feel like people are really asking, what on earth do you think you need to prove? and who do you need to prove it to?

Yeah, I know you don't say those words, but I know you think them. Yes, YOU dear blog reader. It's ok, I'd think them if I were you.

To understand my why you'd have to understand my introduction to distance running and the reason behind my first marathon finis…

Utah Triple Crown

I discovered the Triple Crown about a year ago by stumbling across Craig's blog post from his first speed attempt here. This led me to the FKT proboard for for the route here, and I of course had to read Crockett's go at it here.

I had just moved to the SLC valley after living in.... the middle of nowhere Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Idaho... etc. I was enthralled. The route looked spectacular. At this time I was transitioning out of being a rock climber and into being an ultrarunner.
I was familiar with the climber's obsession of finding a line that speaks to you, and the way in which it belongs to you, then training to accomplish it.
So, before I had ever run an ultra distance or been above 12,000ft, there it was: I was to do the Triple Crown.



When? Who knew. I was not in shape for something like that! I didn't know if/when it would be possible for me. All I knew was once it WAS physically possible for me, I'd be all over it.

Well, a few weeks ago I had never been above 12,…

Utah Triple Crown

I discovered the Triple Crown about a year ago by stumbling across Craig's blog post from his first speed attempt here. This led me to the FKT proboard for for the route here, and I of course had to read Crockett's go at it here.

I had just moved to the SLC valley after living in.... the middle of nowhere Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Idaho... etc. I was enthralled. The route looked spectacular. At this time I was transitioning out of being a rock climber and into being an ultrarunner.
I was familiar with the climber's obsession of finding a line that speaks to you, and the way in which it belongs to you, then training to accomplish it. So, before I had ever run an ultra distance or been above 12,000ft, there it was: I was to do the Triple Crown.
When? Who knew. I was not in shape for something like that! I didn't know if/when it would be possible for me. All I knew was once it WAS physically possible for me, I'd be all over it.
Well, a few weeks ago I had never been above…

a Little Lady in the Big Woods

"Stop that! Don't do that in public. It's not ladylike," my Mom would sternly reprimand me every time I'd spit in front of her.

It was funny to me even as a child, the thought of me being a proper lady. Sure, I had tea parties with my neighborhood best friend... but our "tea parties" were really us filling cups with sugar and eating it for hours until we were so hyper and wild our parents sent us outside.

Growing up with 5 older sisters I learned to appreciate my femininity. I love neon pink, shopping, and am constantly painting my nails. Yet I even as a little girl I was always the tomboy of the family: playing t-ball, racing the boys, and playing football with my Dad at the annual father-sons turkey ball at the park.

It's a confusing grey place where  femininity and grit coexist.
When I first started in the "outdoors" as a teen I started rock climbing. Sure, any guy would be willing to set up a TR for me.... the first few times. But once they…

a Little Lady in the Big Woods

"Stop that! Don't do that in public. It's not ladylike," my Mom would sternly reprimand me every time I'd spit in front of her.

It was funny to me even as a child, the thought of me being a proper lady. Sure, I had tea parties with my neighborhood best friend... but our "tea parties" were really us filling cups with sugar and eating it for hours until we were so hyper and wild our parents sent us outside.

Growing up with 5 older sisters I learned to appreciate my femininity. I love neon pink, shopping, and am constantly painting my nails. Yet I even as a little girl I was always the tomboy of the family: playing t-ball, racing the boys, and playing football with my Dad at the annual father-sons turkey ball at the park.

It's a confusing grey place where  femininity and grit coexist.
When I first started in the "outdoors" as a teen I started rock climbing. Sure, any guy would be willing to set up a TR for me.... the first few times. But once t…