James Walsh

i like riding, running, and beer.

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Sessions:6 Offseason Program Block 3 Recap

It’s hard to believe I’m already half way through the Sessions:6 Offseason Program. Time is for sure flying by and racing seems like it’s right around the corner. I was supposed to race this weekend at the Old Man Winter Bike Rally but they’re calling for snow up there Saturday with a low 7 degrees overnight. The race starts at 10am so it will likely be in the teens at the start… and that’s just not for me. On Wednesday this week I was down and out. I woke up in the middle of the night tuesday with a gnarly… Read more →

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Turning 40 and 2018 Race Plans

A week ago today I turned the big 4-0. It’s kind of hard for me to believe with the way I feel and my state of mind. I never thought to much about my age but turning 40 is kind of a big deal I guess. I for sure don’t look at it any kind of negative way. It’s quite the opposite. I’m stoked with where I am in my life and where I’m at physically. I can honestly say that I have never been happier in life than I am right now… and it just keeps getting better. I… Read more →

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Sessions:6 Offseason Program Block 2 Recap

Last week I finished off block 2 of the Sessions:6 Offseason program with a recovery week and some testing on the bike. I’m stoked that I’m already two months into my training for the year when a lot of people are just getting started. That’s one of the benefits of ending your season in September. On Saturday I’ll find if get into the Dirty Kanza. I would lying if I said it would be a huge bummer if I don’t. The idea of racing (suffering) for 206 miles with some fast dudes has definitely provided some fuel to my training… Read more →

November (block 1) Recap

I know blogs are basically a thing of the past but I have had this blog since I started racing and training back in 2005. I’m pretty sure I have a race report of 99% of the races I’ve done. When I’m done with all of this it will be fun to look back on… it already is. It also lets me see what I was doing in training in the months leading up to those races. Since I’m being coach this year, leading up to my races this year I think I am going to do a monthly recap… Read more →

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it’s about that time…

wow… it’s been a crazy month. I knew it would be a bit hectic but I had no idea how much. I started another blog shortly after I got my new-to-me gravel bike (cannondale slate) and after racing my first gravel race, The Crippler. With everything going on I didn’t get around to finishing it. A quick summary… it was hard, it was really cold, and it was awesome. I’m totally hooked on the idea of gravel racing, which I knew I would be, and can’t wait to tackle some more offroad challenges in the future. The week after the… Read more →

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Fall Classic Race Report and Fall Plans

On Saturday morning I drove up to Breckenridge to race the Fall Classic mtb race… and I’m so stoked I did. One of my big goals next year is to race the Breck Epic (6 day mtb stage race in Breck) so I want to ride up in Breckenridge as much as possible between now and then… I’m also just having so much fun on my mountain bike that I don’t want the mtb season to end! I didn’t head into the race with any kind of expectations or goals other than to just have fun. It was pretty much… Read more →

Leadville 100 MTB Race Report

Well… I’m stoked that one is done. I had a super fun, really hard day at the Leadville 100 MTB and am super stoked I ended up taking my slot and toeing the line. All the details are below. I rolled into Leadville early friday morning to picket up my packet, go for a spin, and meet up with Andrew who would be crewing for me all day at Pipleline (miles 26 & 76). I felt fantastic on my spin up the first climb on the course and it had me excited for race day. I had a breakfast burrito,… Read more →

Leadville 100 MTB Pre-Race Report

it’s race week… again. on saturday morning at 630am I’ll be charging the iconic Leadville 100 MTB race. to say I’m stoked is an understatement. it took a while for that stoke to build but it’s there now. I’m not exactly sure why it took me a while to get stoked for this race other than it was a last minute addition to my race schedule and it was after putting so much focus on a race that went well, the bailey hundo. when i decided to take my slot maggie and I decided ┬áto not rearrange all of our… Read more →

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Ridgeline Rampage Race Report

I am going to try to keep this one short and sweet. As far as races go The Ridgeline Rampage was pretty uneventful… in a good way. I went into race day with some solid fatigue in my body and legs from a couple of weeks of solid training, including the Firecracker 50. I took a couple of relatively easy days leading up to the race to ensure I could at least give it a go and race hard. My approach to getting ready for the Leadville 100 MTB is quite different than what I did for the Bailey Hundo… Read more →

Firecracker 50 Race Report

I always find race reports are way more interesting, to read and write, when things don’t go as planned… and that was definitely the case for Firecracker 50. With the Leadville 100 MTB now on the calendar for me and attempting to get my running legs back in order to pace Maggie at the Leadville 100 Run the week before Firecracker wasn’t necessarily easy. My plan was to kind of train through it and just take a couple of easy days before. Racing a big race on a Tuesday (july 4th) was kind of different and the Saturday before I… Read more →