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36 minutes | 4 days ago
Dylan Bowman's prelude to a new Backbone FKT! - #136
GOOD TIMING! This podcast was recorded on April 26; when asked "What is next", Dylan divulges he's going for an (undisclosed) FKT "This coming weekend" ... But first, Co-Host Hillary Allen asks D-Bo about his FKT on the Wonderland Trail last year. "I fell into a pandemic funk, too many IPA's, so needed a goal. We had just moved to Portland Oregon, a couple hours from the Wonderland Trail. I was inspired by Kyle Skaggs, and knew I wanted to do this." He did it - a new FKT by a hour and half! But it only lasted 5 days - Tyler Green snatched it by a scant 18 minutes - that's after almost 17 hours of running! There were7 successful FKTs on the Wonderland in 2020 alone. "I had 5 days of glory, then some sadness, and now I feel good about it. I learned a lot from Tyler, and how to actually prepare for FKTs specifically, as opposed to racing, which is different. And Tyler is a class act and a good friend." So what about that FKT attempt he didn't want to disclose? The Backbone Trail! An increasingly popular and competitive route right above the Los Angeles basin. And he did it - new FKT of 9 hrs 49 min 14 sec. "Wow, what an incredible trail! Pure SoCal bliss."
41 minutes | 11 days ago
Hillary Allen - "Out and Back" - your podcast co-host has a new book! - #135
Hillary is a podcast host (this one and two others), North Face athlete, gravel bike racer, scientist, and now a book author - this is a good conversation! "I don't recommend falling off a 150' cliff, but everyone has a place where they can grow." Hillary almost died while running the Tromsø Skyrace in Norway in 2017. It was a hard road back. She learned a lot and describes this process with total honesty and authenticity. "I had to accept the darkness. And not let it hold me back from the PT work. For months, months on end." PURCHASE the BOOK HERE! https://amzn.to/3t6dpZ6 May 7th: Live Chat, Women’s Running Magazine Book Club – Virtual Event, 6pm MST "There are a few rules in life, and 'Never huck anything' is one I'm following now!"
58 minutes | 18 days ago
Kait Boyle and Kurt Refsnider: Let's go bikepacking with the best! - #134
Co-Host Hillary Allen discusses bike-packing with two of the best, as they explain the style of these races, which is informative to hikers and runners. The ethos for all bike-packing races is Self-Supported. "Generally the consensus is you are carrying your own food and water, you are not caching; the point is you can buy or obtain anything along the route as long as it is available to everyone else. Trail Magic is OK, but you can't ask for it or plan for it." "You are pushing your boundaries, and you are ready and able to take care of yourself." "And drafting and pacing is not allowed. It would be interesting to see how much faster we could go on the Arizona Trail for example, if we did that." - Kait The rules have evolved over the years, and are constantly being discussed. And the White Rim FKTs have become a thing in the past year. (Editor Note: Buzz was the first person to ride this route in Canyonlands National Park in one day). "The question has come up, 'Is it OK to have film crews?' The answer has evolved that No, it is not. Knowing someone is up there may give you confidence to push harder." "There are no tiers in bike-packing like there are in hiking and running, such as Supported - everything is Self-supported or Unsupported". The Tour Divide rules are here, and are worth reading: "Tour Divide strives for equal opportunity within the GC. TD requires that every challenger—from those living along the route to those living on other continents—have an equal playing field. Therefore, outside assistance with navigation, lodging or resupply is prohibited." The Colorado Trail Race ethos is similar: "The rules are simple and brief - if you can't do this ride without outside or pre-arranged support, don't enter the race." And the Arizona Trail Race is the same: "Guiding principles are self-support and equal opportunity." 1. Complete the entire route, under your own power. 2. No support crews, no pacers 3. No caches 4. No motorized transport or hitch-hiking, EXCEPT for travel to hospital/medical care 5. Gear - Nothing required, nothing prohibited
42 minutes | 25 days ago
Ben Thompson - Why was the coolest FKT in New England Flagged? - #133
The FKT scene in New England has always been very competitive - rather than inventing obscure new route they go faster on the existing lines. The Presidential Traverse is the marquee route - new fastest times often are better than the previous by less than 2 minutes! "People now will train specifically for a route, then do a full taper; the FKT is their race, not an extra thing they do on the side." So why did Ben try the Presi in winter conditions? "I think some future Presi Traverse FKT action will happen in the winter. I'll go out on a limb and predict that March and April will become Presi race season." Did Ben just totally redefine how to do a fast FKT in the mountains? Is it actually faster to run rough terrain when it's covered with firm snow? "I disassembled strap-on spikes and screwed the spike plates directly into my shoes. This weighed only 35 grams per shoe." On March 23, Ben ran the Presi much faster than anyone. And that effort was Flagged so it will not count. And Ben was fine with that. "To me it's all fun and games, and if it's not fun, I shouldn't be doing it."
46 minutes | a month ago
Ryan Ignatz - What you don't know about electrolytes - and need to learn - #132
Ryan Ignatz is an expert on electrolyte replacement and hydration, and can perform a Sweat Test to determine the exact amount of Sodium YOU lose when exercising. Everyone is very different so this is important! He tested me - what was the result?? "You lose 1,453mg of Sodium per liter of sweat. You are a very salty sweater." I rarely supplement my fluid intake with electrolytes. Does that mean I've been doing it wrong for 50 years? Probably yes! Aack! The current wisdom is "Drink to thirst". Is that good advice? "No. Your body always will protect its Sodium concentration, so will reduce your thirst sensation to avoid diluting its Sodium." Don't you continue to make the same mistakes I have. Listen to Ryan on this podcast, and consider being tested yourself. This episode was proceeded by Andy Blow of Precision Hydration, Episode 122 - listen to both to learn more. Ryan is offering a discount to our listeners - here is a link to schedule a sweat test - https://squareup.com/appointments/book/jkoqb7oy11lbfh/LRJPMGSX4AVF4/services - put "FKPODCAST" in the notes section when you book to receive 20% OFF this one time test. The test must be done in-person.
45 minutes | a month ago
Brendan Leonard says, "Bears Don't Care About Your Problems" - #131
There are a million newsletters out there, and Semi-rad.com is the only one I subscribe to. Why? Because Brendan illustrates (literally) how runners actually feel and think - and laugh! "Pizza is a better invention than the Internet." He wrote and produced an excellent video, which has received over 5 millions views because it was real, called "How To Run A Hundred Miles." He even once interviewed me (Buzz) on the Off The Couch podcast. "Whenever I'm having a bad day, I remember that at least I did not invent Facebook." His new book, published March 16, is, "I HATE RUNNING and you can too. How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Make Sense of an Irrational Passion." It's worth it especially for the illustrations. I recommend it. Here is our very brief Book Review. Listen to this podcast, as Brendan makes sense of our "irrational passion".
33 minutes | a month ago
Tyler Green - The Lost Coast of California
Co-host Hillary Allen asks, "You set an FKT just two days ago - what FKT did you crush this weekend?" Tyler quickly answers, "It crushed me! I've been wanting to do the Lost Coast Trail for years, and finally did it." The Lost Coast is called that for a reason - located in a state with a population of 40 million, one runs along a deserted beach (be sure to first check the tide tables), then over and over steep hills with the Pacific Ocean on one side and a Redwood forest stretching out on the other - and for 57 miles, you might not see another person. "FKTs are these incredible adventures - races can't be held on this fantastic routes."
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Joe McConaughy - starting the Arizona Trail 3/23 - it WAS going to be an FKT race! - #129
Joe McConaughy and Coree Woltering independently decided to try for an FKT on the Arizona Trail. Our Social Media Coordinator Allison Mercer heard about this, contacted them, with the result being Joe and Coree decided to start at the same place at the same time ... and see who makes it from the Mexican border to Utah first! "I think we'll have different FKT strategies ... I'm not sure how much he is going to divulge, and not sure how much I'll divulge ..." Coree was Nominated for the Fastest Known Time Of the Year last year for his Ice Age Trail FKT, and Joe was #2 FKTOY for his Long Trail FKT, so both have endurance cred. And both are fast - Coree has a 2:26 Marathon under his belt, and Joe has done a 50 miler in 5:22. "I've always started slow and built up ... and will do that this time especially ... " NOTE: Very unfortunately, Coree experienced technical difficulties for both our two recording attempts and so was unable to be on this podcast. NOTE #2: Even more unfortunately, Coree later became injured, and on 3/15 decided not to attempt the AZT at this time. JOE Update: "I'm still on! The snow is a bit concerning, but I feel good that the majority of it will melt off, assuming no more snow. I'm also guiding with Andrew Skurka Adventures after, so it is either 3/23 or bust!"
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Brittany Charboneau: From the Olympic Marathon Trials to setting FKTs (in the same year) - #128
"Super fast" describes Brittany - she ran a 2:33 at the Olympic Trials Marathon for 13th place - but she had never set foot on a trail. Since then she won the Pikes Peak Marathon and last month set the Course Record at Moab Red Hot. "I had this stigma about trail runners in my head, like they all were burly with beards. And there were wild animals out there." "But then Covid hit, so no races. And someone said, 'Why not try an FKT'? I had never heard of an FKT." Now she has set three, making a VERY quick transition! "My coach said I needed to learn to power-hike. I said, 'Why would I do that? I'm just going to run everything.' Then going up Shadow Canyon the boulders were as tall as your face ... now I listen to what my coach says!" "Trails have been everything I needed. You're part of a way bigger picture. Trail runners are my people." This podcast was recorded on International Women's Day, with Hillary Allen as the Host.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Anton Krupicka - "I don't identify with any one sport - it's about the pure experience" - #127
One of best known ultrarunners of his generation definitely has not stopped going big and going long ... he now does it across four different sports. Running, climbing, skiing, and cycling (but no hiking!) "I never thought or said, 'I'm not a runner anymore'; the space just opened up to do these other sports I'd always been interested in." Once known as the "Apostle of Minimalism", Tony might now be considered one of the most thoughtful, experienced, and insightful participants and commentator of endurance sports. "Ultimately you're just out there trying to develop and honest relationship with yourself. That's what your exploring. And the setting is there to facilitate that." Mentioned in the Podcast R2R2R in the Grand Canyon - blog post Longs Peak Triathlon FKT - video Episode #1 - our first ever podcast, with Anton Episode #9 - Bill Wright talks climbing Karma Police - Radiohead
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Roman Dial: FKTs, many OKTs, even "LKTs", and the invention of packrafting - #126
Roman Dial has done things you never imagined. Do you aspire to do a 100 mile trail race? He's never done one - instead he invented races that make 100's look like a 10k in Central Park. "Three of us decided to see how far one could go completely Unsupported. I ended up hiking 625 miles across Alaska in 25 days. All food and gear with me start to finish. My pack weighed 59 lbs; 45 of which was food." Most of Roman's trips were "OKTs" - "Only Known Times". But in this very podcast, he coined the term "LKTs". What's an LKT?? "Loneliest Known Time. When you're out there forever, by yourself, and nobody knows about it or cares!" "Anytime we can put the limelight on Roman, he deserves it. What he did in Alaska for decades is almost entirely overlooked because he did it in Alaska and because his activities predated social media and the blogs." - Andrew Skurka Purchase Roman's book, "The Adventurer's Son: A Memoir". “A brave and marvelous book. A page-turner that will rip your heart out.” —Jon Krakauer
41 minutes | 3 months ago
How To Prepare For Cold Weather Adventures with Dr. Teddy Bross - #125
Dr. Teddy Bross has finished seven 100 mile races (and 12 of the Nolan's 14 summits :-), and is a physician. Host Hillary Allen asks him for his best advice to manage your long projects in the winter. "The R2R2R.alt is probably too short a swim to develop hypothermia, but is a perfect scenario for 'cold shock'." Teddy confirms Rob Krar's theory (previous week's podcast), that rather than taking the time to change in and out of a wetsuit, it was more important to get warm immediately once out of the water by putting on an insulated puffy jacket and getting moving. "Moving your body by immediately moving is great. But it is depleting glycogen stores, so dehydration and bonking cannot be overlooked." People die from hypothermia. Listen to Dr. Bross's advice so you're not one of them!
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Valentine's Day Special! Cody Lind and Brittany Peterson - #124
What's it like to run long and hard, as a couple? Is it easier or harder; more fun or a struggle? Host Hillary Allen speaks with Brittany Peterson and Cody Lind, who as a team set a big FKT on the Superior Hiking Trail last year, bettering the previous Male time by 18 hours and the Female by over 2 days. "Western States will be interesting - she'd like me to pace her, and I'd like her to pace me!" - Cody Don't miss what's coming next for this dynamic duo: "There's a route here in Idaho - I don't want to give away Cody's secret - but it's an FKT waiting to happen." - Brittany "FKTs are such a fun process, of being creative, then putting it out there to see who goes after it!" - Brittany Special thanks to Chaski Endurance Collective for sponsoring this episode. Chaski is reinventing online coaching for endurance athletes. Hand picked elite athletes like FKT rockstars Coree Woltering, Devon Yanko, and Mike Wardian, coach runners of all levels to chase their own dreams through human-to-human, science-based training. Join their ground-breaking community with a FREE month of coaching when you sign up for any of their coaching programs and mention FKT! Go here: http://www.chaski.run/fkt
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Rob Krar and Mike Foote - the Fastest Known Skinny Dip? - #123
Rob and Mike not only did a great route in fine style, but their photo went big in the FKT world. (It should be on the cover of Outside Magazine!) R2R2R.alt runs across the Grand Canyon, with the same distance and elevation profile as the very popular (overpopulated?) Rim to River to Rim to River to Rim route. Big difference: there is no bridge across the river - have to swim! Join co-host Hillary Allen in hearing more memorable thoughts from Krar and Foote. Special thanks to Chaski Endurance Collective for sponsoring this episode. Chaski is reinventing online coaching for endurance athletes. Hand picked elite athletes like FKT rockstars Coree Woltering, Devon Yanko, and Mike Wardian, coach runners of all levels to chase their own dreams through human-to-human, science-based training. Join their ground-breaking community with a FREE month of coaching when you sign up for any of their coaching programs and mention FKT! Go here; chaski.run/fkt
46 minutes | 3 months ago
The Science of Electrolytes - Andy Blow, Precision Hydration - #122
Use this Discount Code! 15% off your first order via their website: FKT Hydration, electrolytes, cramping ... do you need to know more? Of course you do! This podcast delivers excellent information - Andy knows what he is talking about - and our own Allison Mercer tested the products. We used to be told to drink up to a gallon of water per day - but more people are hospitalized with Hyponatremia than dehydration! Now we're told to "Drink when thirsty" - is that correct?? No. "The body will protect blood sodium at all costs. Even shutting itself down."
70 minutes | 4 months ago
FKT of the Year Europe Part 2 - #121
The finale! Voters selected the top two FKTs in Europe for Female and Male, from a Nominations List of 23, out of 1,308 FKTs set in Europe in 2020. Each one is different. Each person tells their story, in their own words. Listen up! Are you enjoying the podcast? Help us keep doing it - please Donate now: https://www.patreon.com/fastestknowntime https://fastestknowntime.com/support
59 minutes | 4 months ago
FKTOY Europe Part 1 - #120
There were 1,308 FKTs set in Europe in 2020. A panel of experts nominated 23 of the best, then they voted. Here is the #3 Woman and the #3 Man; next week we hear from the Top two’s. We start with an Introduction to the European FKT with Matt Lefort, a native of France, who’s been living in Andorra for 12 years, and just moved to Norway. He offers good insights that set the stage. Let’s listen to our first two winners, an English woman living in Germany, and an American living in England! Like what you hear? Help us keep doing it - please Donate now: https://www.patreon.com/fastestknowntime https://fastestknowntime.com/support Music: bensound.com
63 minutes | 4 months ago
FKT of the Year N.A. - The Best of the Best 2020 p. 2 - #119
Listen to the amazing stories, directly from the people who did them! Wrapping up the 2020 Fastest Known Time Of the Year Award for North America in this order. Thanks to presenting sponsor, The North Face! Sabrina Stanley - #2 Female - Nolan's 14 2d 0hr 49m; 100mi; 42,000' Joe McConaughy - #2 Male - Long Trail 4d 23h 54m; 273mi; 65,370' Kelly Halpin - #1 Female - Wind River High Route 2d 11h 37m; 97mi; 30,000' Joey Campanelli - #1 Male - Nolan's 14 1d 17h 33s; 100mi; 42,000'
99 minutes | 4 months ago
FKT of the Year N.A. - The Best of the Best 2020 p. 1 - #118
This is a big podcast! We hear stories from who the voters selected as their most inspirational FKTs. Thanks to presenting sponsor, The North Face! FKT'ers we talk to today in order: Adam Kimble - #5 Male - Tahoe Rim Trail 1d 13h 12m 15s; 170mi, 26,913' Alyssa Godesky - #4 Female (tie) - Adirondack 46 High Peaks 3d 16h 16m; 160mi; 67,412' Kaytlyn Gerbin - #4 Female (tie) - Wonderland Trail 18h 41m 54s; 93mi; 24,000' Mikaela Osler - #4 Female (tie) - Colorado Trail 10d 12h 36m; 485mi; 90,000' David Ayala - #4 Male - Sierra High Route 4d 3h 36m; 195mi; 43,000' Sarah Hansel - #3 Female - Nolan's 14 2d 9h 43m 34s; 100mi; 42,000' Eric Gilbertson - #3 Male - Rocky Mountain Slam 60d 9h 20m; 1,030mi; 432,500'
52 minutes | 5 months ago
FKT of the Year 2020 Preview with Hillary Allen and Alex Bond - #117
The 2020 FKT of the Year Awards are presented by The North Face. There were 2,784 FKTs set in North America in 2020 - yikes! How do we sort them out, and find the coolest ones? Hillary and Alex are here to help. "Women set FKTs this year that were the fastest Overall - Hillary" "There were 10 different FKTs on just the Wonderland Trail this year - Alex" "Joey's Unsupported time on Nolan's beat the Supported times of some of the best runners anywhere" "Kelly is not a strong racer, so I don't think people recognize how strong of an athlete she is" Definitely read the Nominations List on the website, and post your own thoughts. The next two podcasts on Jan 1 and Jan 8 will announce the North American winners. Then we launch the FKTOY Award in Europe!
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