Leadville 2016

Leadville 2016

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Going into the race I felt pretty good both mentally and physically.  I felt as though the training I had been doing would be more than enough to get me through to the finish line in under 12 hours. Not by much, but to the finish line in under 12 hours none the less. However, once we got to Breckenridge where we stayed before the race things began to change a little bit. I found myself suffering

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Leadville – As Mental as Physical

Leadville – As Mental as Physical

Leadville is next Saturday, August 13th and it’s starting to seem more real than ever that I will soon be competing in one of the most challenging endurance events of my life.

You would think that someone that has finished 8 Ironman races (4 Hawaii Ironman) wouldn’t be very intimidated by much but that’s not the case. Knowing that I will be spending 10 + hours on a mountain bike next week,

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My Turn to Face The Hills in Mena

My Turn to Face The Hills in Mena

Mena TripA few years ago, a buddy of mine called me up on a Friday night around 5pm and told me he had a few questions to ask about a training ride that he was planning on doing the next day. He was training for the Leadville 100 MTB and was heading to Mena, Arkansas with a friend of his. He wanted to know the details on riding the Talimena Scenic Byway that I had ridden several times before while training

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Why I Decided to Race Leadville and Raise Money for T4 Global

Why I Decided to Race Leadville and Raise Money for T4 Global

We recently had a fund raiser for the T4 Global Team that’s training for Leadville 100 mountain bike ride recently and I got to share my story about why  I decided to race Leadville and raise money for T4 Global.  I would like to say thanks to everyone that has donated so far and here is my story.

13 years ago I completed my last Ironman… The 2003 Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championship…. Soon after that I experienced a herniated disk in my back and lost interest in racing and training and began suffering on and off from depression.  I wasn’t myself during this time and lost interest in a lot of things and wasn’t really myself anymore.

This all changed one cold

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Austin Rattler and EVERYONE Needs a Leadville

Austin Rattler and EVERYONE Needs a Leadville

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 5.21.49 PMThe challenge of riding 100 miles on a mountain bike in the rarified air of the Rocky Mountains on August 13, 2016 (the day after my 45th birthday) is literally going to be “the ride of a lifetime”. Yes, the Hawaii Ironman x 4 (1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003) is certainly bucket list material for any endurance athlete but I am beginning to think that the Leadville 100 MTB is going to be twice

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