James Walsh

i like riding, running, and beer.

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  to 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 →

Bailey Hundo Race Report

I’m finally getting a chance to put this into words. It’s always crazy to me how work gets nuts right before races and immediately after. While it’s good for physical recovery as it forces me to sit at my desk for longer periods of time it totally kills me motivation to do much else. It’s always harder to write about races when almost everything goes right and that was the case for the Hundo. I already wrote my training leading up to the race in my last post and I was feeling confident and ready on the starting line. I… Read more →

Bailey Hundo Pre-Race Report

This Saturday I’ll be lining up for the Bailey Hundo. It’s not  going to be 100 miles this year as they’ve made some course changes in the last few weeks, which are changes for the better I think, so the race will now be 90 miles with 10k of climbing. Still a hard day at the office. I’ve always like to write a pre-race blog and kind of sum up my training for whatever event it is. It’s good for me too look back on whether the race goes well or goes sideways. No matter what happens Saturday the past… Read more →

Battle the Bear Race Report

The first race of 2017 is in the books and it was a fun one. The first race I was supposed to do the last weekend of April got snowed out. It’s so different than living in SoCal when you can really race year round. Here there isn’t very much going on race-wise from November to April unless you are going to race cyclocross or road running races. So for me, when it comes time to race I’m amping out and can’t wait to get on the starting line. I’ve been having so much fun riding and training this year… Read more →

The Twenty Seventeen Plan

2017 is well underway and our plan for racing is slowly coming together. I also turned 39 years old a couple of weeks… damn time is flying but I am loving every day. After ending the year with a good race at The North Face 50 I took it pretty easy for a few weeks and that was a bit easier because my calf, or something in my lower leg, was kind of jacked. So I started riding a bit and got back to lifting weights… both things did not aggravate it. After a year with a lot of running… Read more →

The 2016 North Face 50 Mile Championships

  Better late than never… i guess. I started writing this the week after the race and then maggie and I got hit with a nasty virus, work got nuts, and then the holidays were here and family was in town. I’ve been enjoying some down time getting soft and getting stoked for next year… here’s my race report from The North Face 50 Mile Championships. On December 3rd I toed the line of The North Face 50 Mile champs for the third time and had my best race there… by far. I put it out there before the race… Read more →

another chance

on Saturday i’ll be toeing the line of The North Face 50 Mile Championships in San Francisco for the third time. I ran it in 2012 as my first 50 miler and again in 2014 with a bit more experience and fitness in my legs. Both years the course had to be changed due to gnarly rain in the days preceding the race. In 2012 is was shortened to 46 miles and in 2014 it was a mile longer. this year it looks like i may finally be able to run the course in dry conditions. i’m super stoked to… Read more →

Fall Fun… and Some Racing.

My last post was about dropping out of Run Rabbit Run 100. At no point did I ever question my decision to drop out and it never really affected me on any level. The only frustrating part was not using the fitness I worked hard to obtain over the summer… but on the upside I didn’t need to recover and could enjoy my favorite season, Fall, out on the trails. My motivation to run has been at an all time high since then. My training for RRR was pretty conservative on the running front and I never felt like I was… Read more →