Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fired Up

I have been on fire this week, thanks mostly to my friend Callie's email. 
I have a bunch of friends who are putting a team together for the Tuckerman Inferno and we are looking for a female biker...I thought of you.
Doesn't that just give me the warm fuzzies!  Callie is one of my favorite people who I never get to see, so that makes this that much more awesome.  I immediately replied and said heck yes I would LOVE part of her Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon team. 

The race is as follows:
  • 8.3 mile run
  • 6 mile kayak
  • 18 mile bike (2000 feet of climbing)
  • 3.5 mile hike to the bowl of Tuckermans 
  • a hike up the rest of the bowl of Tucks, then a final ski down a GS course over the left gully to the finish line. 
Last year's handbook is HERE if you are interested in the details.
 (Source)
See those little hikers? This photo from the 2006 Inferno
For those of you that might not know, Tuckerman Ravine is part of Mount Washington, a pretty unique and awesome place.  Funds from the race help Friends of Tuckerman to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington and work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to sustain the traditional uses of this distinctive area.

This race has been on my radar for a long time, and I always thought the most fun way to do this race would be with a team.  The problem is, what I consider fun is really different than what most of my friends consider fun...so the idea of this race would appeal to most of them about as much as drinking bleach.  So I never got a team together - but I sure am thankful that Callie and her friends did. 

As you saw, I will be on the bike leg.  The other fun thing is that there is this other team of friends that also has 4 women and 1 guy so there is a little friendly competition going on.  The slower team has to buy dinner for the faster team.  Smack talk going around already, it is a hoot. 

I am really psyched about this, it gives me something a little closer than IMLP (only 247 days away!) to be busting my butt all winter to work towards (like I need another reason, right?)

Hard Core
Speaking of working hard, I have been a bit remiss in my strength work up until the last few weeks.  I especially have been lame in the ab/core department (I know! I know - it is essential for base strength, I need to do it, blah blah).  One thing that I have found that has really helped me "get on it" is Jamoosh's Hard Core Club's ab workouts that I found last week.

I am up to one week in a row of doing this every other day at this point, so I am on a roll.
I am working on the beginner core routine, and it was really good.  I plan on doing these 3-4 times a week, they workout does not take much time and it is pretty easy to fit into your routine.  I think I will be adding in the intermediate core fairly soon, because although I have been lame working my core, I haven't be a complete dolt, I mean, I randomly have done a crunch or a plank or two here and there.  I know, lame.

What is great is that the added exercises here hit all the parts of your core and back and are really awesome.  Check it out HERE.  Thank you Jamoosh for helping me stay motivated!

35 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

HOLY COW!! 2k of climbing is just 18 miles? I bow down and worship the ground you ride one, you would have a hard time convincing me to do that.

Matty O said...

I love your posts because NO ONE can match your adventures :)

I hope you kick some ass out there totally flipping awesome!!!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

That sounds like a blast! I did a winter ascent of Mt Washington a few years ago, unsuccessful due to cold and high winds, but such a gorgeous mountain.

My Life and Running said...

That sounds so awesome! Can't wait to read your race report! :)

Jon said...

Awesome! Then you have to do the Mt Washington road race in August!

The Green Girl said...

Wow - talk about a serious challenge! You go, girl, you never stop!

DRog said...

This is incredible!!!
the final Ski reward is totally awesome:)

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Regina said...

That sounds great! Except for the skiing part; skiing does not like me.

Runners Fuel said...

Sounds tough, but also a blast at the same time! Good luck!!

Jamie said...

That is awesome. I know a guy that did the whole thing solo a few years ago and had a blast.

I won't be doing the inferno, but I'm hoping Santa brings me some new skis so I can head up to Tuckerman this season.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

You ARE on fire!! ouch!!!;-)

love the poster...says it all;-)

Christi said...

That looks like an absolutely great race! I hope you have a fab time!

I have to check out the Jamoosh core workout.

Big Clyde said...

How cool is it that you are the go-to bike girl?! Kill this thing and give us the details.

*~* *~* Tracy said...

That looks crazy hard but also fun! You go girl!!

Anne-Marie said...

That race sounds so fun! And the climbing sounds insane!

Thanks for the core workout links... I definitely need to work on core strength but have trouble moving beyond the basic crunches, planks, etc.

Molly said...

wow!! What an adventure! you're going to have a blast.

Ironman By Thirty said...

That sounds truly awesome!!

misszippy said...

That sounds like such a great event! You are one strong climbing chick on your bike to tackle that, too!

JenniferLeah said...

this is awesome! sounds like such a great time.
My dad was really into hiking and we used to do the White Mtns a lot, it's amazing!
Have a blast :)

Emz said...

CRAZY
HOLY FREAKING COW CRAZY.

You rock.

YAY on the HCC.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Wow! That race sounds amazing... it'll be an awesome experience... can't wait to read every detail after you're done.

Jeffrey said...

dang...that sounds crazy fun. good luck. that will be great training for the "hills" of IMLP!

Aimee said...

That race sound like an amazing adventure! Yay for being able to be part of the team!!! :)

Copychic said...

I am thoroughly impressed! Have fun!

Jason said...

I am just going to 2nd BDD's comments on the climb....HOLY GUACAMOLE.

I did 700ft over 18 miles the other day (running) and was icing and rubbing my quads....on a bike? WOW!!!!!

All in all it does look like a great time though and it does break up the monotony too.

RockStarTri said...

I'm jealous. I'm thinking we have to put Whiteface Mt on the list of rides to do the next time we are in placid. You in?

Might need a new cassette with more teeth though.

CouplaHounds said...

Been to Tuck's many times but had no idea there was a race there. Amazing. Such a tough environment but memories that will last a lifetime!

Colleen said...

You are going to have so much fun with that race... too cool! :)

Luke said...

That is really cool, and even better they thought of you.

This sounds like a place i need to go and have my picture taken. Lucas Tucker @ Tuckerman ravine. Sounds like it will be put on my to do list. Probably somewhere in priority before everest.

TreeMapper said...

You find the kewlest things to do with your fitness... I'm jealous....

Robin said...

That looks like so much fun, I bet you will all have a blast.

Robin said...

Holy moly, that looks like SO MUCH FUN!
**jealous**

Glenn Jones said...

Wow! A real adventure race! *This* would be so cool to be a part of!

LMC said...

OK, anything done on Tuckerman Ravine is a challenge, but this race is crazy. But, very cool!
My husband grew up in Littleton, NH which is pretty close to Mount Washington. He loves Mount Washington. He and I have been to NH and Mount Washington many times, always for hiking. It's probably our favorite hiking spot in the US. We've only been on Tuckerman Ravine once and it was a but kicker, but beautiful!! Hope you enjoy this one!

Midwestern Dot said...

That is one intense race! I can't wait to hear about it. Man, they make hardcore chicks in Maine!