Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bagel Chase 2014!

Bagel Chase!
The Trail Effect Blog - Bagel Chase 2014
No, this does not involve running after speedy little bagels with arms and legs like the ones on the excel gum commercials.. (I think those are doughnuts anyway)

This is a week-long race along a 5km route that goes from Siegal's Bagels, over Burrard bridge to the Cactus Club and back. The main goal is to raise money for the Community First Foundation, but secondary to that is the goal of doing as many laps as you (and your team) can in the week.

Last year`s records are 101 laps for a team, 37 for an individual male and 35 for an individual female. Our team consists of me (Chris), Jenna, Heather, Tom, Adrienne and Nick. And our challenge is to blow away all of those records! Though that might not be as easy as it sounds.

To do 37 laps in a week we'll have to do an average of 5.3 laps per day, or 5 laps for 5 days and 6 laps for 2 days! That's monstrous!! so we'll see what we can do.

Our team name is Laps of Judgement - which may be quite fitting after we've attempted to run 185km in one week!

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Gotta run!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Our 2014 Race Calendar

After much debate and indecision we have finally decided on a tentative race calendar for the year (or at least until August). We've updated our Race Calendar. and I are both doing the DirtyDuo 50km on March 8th in North Van. It'll be Jenna's first
attempt at this race, and my third. This a two-loop race through some very technical trails in the LSCR (Seymour) area.

We'll then tackle the Vancouver Sun Run 10km on April 27th as some speed work.

The following week will be the North Shore Enduro 6 hour race (a ClubFatAss event). This one is also in the LSCR/Lynn Headwaters area and will feature some tough hills stairs! and a mix of technicality.
From there, our next race will be June 7th when we attempt the Vancouver100 (CFA event) a 100km race from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay (technically Nelson Canyon Park) and back along the Baden Powell Trail. This will be Jenna's first time at this race and only my second attempt. The consistent level of technicality of the trail and the possibility of snow at Hollyburn and Cypress makes this a difficult race for sure! Plus racers need to be self sufficient or find their own crew. Even then, access points are minimum every 15km for a very dedicated crew, or 25km for a "normally-dedicated" bunch. Nonetheless, lots of fun to be had!!

The next big stop will be FatDog in Manning Park on the weekend of August 15th. Jenna will be attempting the 70 mile option, her longest yet, and I am hoping for some redemption with the 120 miler.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ultimate Frisbee Art!

Our Ultimate Frisbee team had their first couple of games of the season today, and I am going to be SORE tomorrow!! But that's not the point of this post.

For the games I decided to wear my Suunto Ambit2 GPS watch and see whether it could keep up with my rapid cuts and turns etc. Turns out it did an OK job! Plus it makes some really cool art; check it out!

(The game was only on the one part of the field)
Trail Effect Blog UltraChris Ultimate Frisbee Running
All my cutting and running from two games of Ultimate Frisbee as logged by my Suunto Ambit2
More running posts to come as we ramp up our training for the Dirty Duo 50km Trail Race in March!
Also, check out the Club Fat Ass (CFA) events coming up in May and June that we plan to take part in: the North Shore Enduro and the Vancouver100!

Run happy!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ubyssey Article - A blast from the past

The Trail Effect Blog - Chris Cochrane running along Jericho Beach
Running along Jericho Beach!
While Googling my own name (c'mon admit it, you do it too) I came across an article written by UBC's student newspaper The Ubyssey a couple of years ago. Feel free to have a read through it as it details my triathlon and early trail running endeavors. Plus, it was kind of cool to be in the school newspaper!

And this one too, by Impact Magazine!

Side note: Running in Vancouver feels really cold after coming back from Hawaii!