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LEVELS: Intermediate, Advanced
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Google Docs
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Salt Lake City, UT
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I enjoy helping athletes find joy in the process of the hard work required to reach athletic goals. My personal specialty is in “Mountain Running” – whether that is Skyrunning (VK up to 50k+), marathon to 100 mile challenging trail races, training and competing at altitude, or working towards completing a gnarly FKT route. My focus is on aerobic fitness, muscular endurance, periodized training, specific strength, and most importantly the JOY of getting out “there” and working towards something. I prefer to work with athletes who are motivated to reach a personal goal.
We choose to do this – approach training and racing with gratitude and realize that it is a privilege, not a right. This will help you find the silver lining even when the going gets tough. Also, it is extremely important to me that the journey is fun and fulfilling, and if that means personalizing training to fit in hikes with the kids, ski days, or bike rides with friends, I’m fully on board.
I have coached cross-country skiers ages 6-21 at varying levels (beginner club programs to Junior National champions) for over a decade. I have also coached a few friends at request to complete their first 100 miler, or tackle a challenging Skyrace. While cross-country skiing and running differ considerably, the energy systems are the same, and the training for tough mountain races often closely resembles successful skiing training regimens.
I’m in my early 30’s and grew up at a xc ski center in the middle of the Green Mountains of VT, although I currently live in SLC, Utah. My day job is as a Geospatial Analyst for an environmental consulting firm, but I still dabble in cartography, making personal maps of my home terrain to draw on and scheme over at night. I like writing code, but am bad at it 🙂
Murray Banks: my first ski coach and the most motivating and inspirational human I know
Scott Johnston and Steve House: The Uphill Athlete – energy systems, training methodologies
David Roche: fun in running, speedwork for trail runners
Kilian Jornet: mix it up, experiment, and do cool things
I ran my first marathon at 18, and have been racing trail ultras since 2013 – primarily 50k-50mi distances. I ran for the Salomon US Trail Running Team from 2014-2019, but struggled with the social media “influencer” side of the gig. Since 2015 my focus has been on SkyRunning, which is a brutal, exhausting, and unbelievably rewarding pastime. I have raced all over the US, and ran in the SkyRunning World Championships in Scotland for the US Team in 2017. I would say that my best race came in the 2020 Speedgoat 50k (50k, 11K+ climbing), where I was able to finally leverage some old-man strength to pull out the win.
Marathon: 2:32:08 (10/13/2014) City of Trees Marathon
50k: 3:45:11 (11/9/2019) Antelope Island 50k
SkyRace 50k: 5:29:02 (7/25/2020) Speedgoat 50k
50mi: 8:04:12 (6/2/2018) Squaw Peak 50 Mile
5k xc: 15:01 (High School) still stings
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