Allow your body time to rest & recover…

Hard to believe the summer is already over and we’re well into October. Just doesn’t seem possible – it flew by so darn fast this year! Hopefully you enjoyed some great training and some personal bests throughout the season. If you’re like me though, it’s time to give your mind, body and spirit the recovery it deserves throughout the fall and winter.

First to consider, is decreasing your volume and intensity. While being race fit brings it’s own rewards, it is also the time in the training/racing cycle when strength and flexibility are decreased, and you can become physically, mentally and emotionally pooped!

Second to consider, is that the fall/winter season is the perfect time of year to restore and regenerate all your energy systems!

Yoga and strength training will help with flexibility, strength, balance, power, and peace of mind.

When exercising regularly your muscles can become tight, which can lead to pulls, tears and other injuries. Strength training and stretching have not only been found to improve overall running performance, they can also help you prevent injury.

  • Stretching aids in loosening the muscle fibers, and stretching regularly will help maintain your flexibility and range of motion. Stretching is also a good way to cool down after a training session.
  • Strength-training helps runners add muscle, activating your muscle power more quickly during push-off and strengthening your hips for better balance and stability during push-off.

Both strength training and stretching workouts should be incorporated into your daily routine on a consistent basis. Once the body enjoys a period of recovery, you’ll be ready to embrace next season’s training plan and can look forward to a productive and successful race season in 2016.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh my gosh – time sure is flying by at a break neck pace. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already since our homes were filled with family and friends for a festive meal and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. This weekend we do it all over again.

The team at Ultra520K Canada wishes everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

“Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise…then you will discover the fullness of your life.”

– Brother David Steindl-Rast

2015 Ultra520K Texas Results

Kudos to all the athletes who participated in the inaugural Ultra520K Texas in Marble Falls September 25-27, 2015.

Pushing your mental, physical, spiritual and emotional comfort zones is an extraordinary commitment that only a few can lay claim to.

Congratulations athletes on your personal achievements!

Ultra520K Texas Results

International Day of Peace

Monday September 21, 2015 is International Peace Day.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. It is sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day. The day was first celebrated on Tuesday 21 September 1982. The theme of the first International Day of Peace was the Right to peace of all people.

International Peace Day is dedicated to world peace, and The United Nations “invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day.”

As individuals we can take a moment on Monday to do a random act of kindness, simply something to brighten someone’s day. Speaking a kind word, writing a note of gratitude to someone you love, holding a door open for someone, lighting a candle, buying a coffee for the person in the vehicle behind you at your local cafe drive-thru, or simply acknowledging someone with a smile, are things we’re all capable of. The smallest act of nurturing inner peace can change the world one person at a time.

http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

2016 ULTRA520K Canada registration is NOW OPEN!

Welcome to registration for next year’s ULTRA520K Canada event taking place from July 30th to August 1st, 2016.

If you’re considering the 2016 event, register today to secure your spot. We will select 35 (Thirty-five) on a first-come, first-served basis from the applications received by January 31st, if they are otherwise qualified. For more information: ultra520kcanada.com.

If you have additional questions about registration and acceptance after reviewing the Application Information Kit, please email info@ultra520kcanada.com.

application-information

Challenge Penticton is only days away…

Sunday August 30, 2015

Join us for this year’s Valley First Challenge Penticton, Canada – Individual and Team full distance, Individual and Team Half distance triathlon event!

Get ready athletes…the Challenge is only days away…

Enjoy the NEW 2015 flatter, faster run course. For those who have raced the course in the past, we hope you run a PB!

We’ll be out there on the course cheering and supporting you all race long. We wish you all the best and will see you at the finish line!

The essence of the Ultra520K event captured in words…

Ingrid wrote:

Making Magic Happen! It was truly an honor to race in the Inaugural Ultra520 Canada last weekend. This event has a special place in my heart as Ultraman Canada was my first ultra-distance triathlon in 2011. I am thankful to Steve Brown, Alexis Carmela and the entire Ultra520 crew for organizing and running this super event, and I am thankful to Rick Kent and his crew for beautifully capturing in pictures, the essence of our cherished memories from the race. I am thankful to all the participants, crews, volunteers, and past-participants for a fun-filled, magical week catching up, making new friends and racing hard in beautiful BC. And I am thankful to my family and friends for their prayers and support as I trained and raced this event. Many months ago, the day after I registered for Ultra520 Canada, I received a copy of a press release for Ultra520 TEXAS! I knew it was coming, but I thought I had a schedule conflict. When the official dates were released and I checked my calendar, I knew I just had to support this new event, so I considered withdrawing my entry for Ultra520 Canada to transfer over to Texas. But I love the race in Canada… And I love that Ultra520 is coming to Texas…so, what to do, what to do? BOTH! I applied for entry and was invited to race in events, and so it shall be! From September 25-27, I will be taking on the challenge of the Inaugural Ultra520 Texas race in Marble Falls, Texas. I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to race again and I am in need of support crew for Marble Falls. My Mom, Ramona Wofford, is my crew chief and paddler and we will need one to two additional land crew to complete the team. The time commitment is from September 23-29 to include pre-race meetings and the post-race party. No experience is necessary, just a positive attitude, a happy heart, a belief in magic, and a desire to help me and the other participants swim, bike, and run the course safely while touring through our beautiful Texas Hill Country in the first-ever Ultra520 Texas! Please let me know if you’re interested!”

If you’d like to experience volunteering on a whole new level and are interested in becoming a member of Ingrid’s support crew, contact her through Ultra520K Texas at info@ultra520ktexas.com. For athletes volunteering as a crew member, who want to participate as a competitor in the future, you will receive preference in the invitees selection process.

Ultra520K Texas is still accepting participants for the September 25 -27, 2015 event! Register today at www.ultra520ktexas.com.

Registration for Ultra520K Canada 2016 will be open sometime in September after a review of the 2015 event. Please check back at www.ultra520kcanada.com.