Author: Mike Foote

$49  Are you targeting mountain running race or event with major elevation gain and loss?   Are you considering running one of the famous multi-day routes in the Alps?  Do you have a good mountain running background? Can you handle routine 40 to 60 miles (65-100km) weeks? Are you mainly challenged by the daunting elevations demands of these runs and wonder how you’ll even get your legs to handle that much vertical?  Or do you live and train in a place that does not have easy access to mountains? Maybe you hit the mountains running, so to speak, after a snowy…

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Uphill Athlete Coach and USA Skimo National Team Member Mike Foote shows you how to quickly and efficiently transition from downhill skiing to uphill skinning. Break out the skis, skins and stopwatches…let’s go!

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Uphill Athlete Coach and USA Skimo National Team Member Mike Foote shows you how to quickly and efficiently transition from uphill skinning to downhill skiing. The first video describes transitioning from uphill skinning to downhill skiing in the scenario where you will need to use your skins again. The second video demonstrates a slight variation, going from uphill skinning to downhill skiing where you will not need your skins again that day. Click, watch, learn and enjoy these great tips from Skimo legend Mike Foote: https://youtu.be/FsCNct6Vqe4

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It was morning, full sun. I was on the second-to-last descent, just 20 kilometers from Courmayeur. There were 430 jagged kilometers behind me.  Up to this point, I had successfully managed each transitory wave of pain, tiredness, and hunger. I’d handled frigid temperatures and tricky, middle-of-the-night navigation. I controlled what I could and accepted what I could not. Moving forward was what I did. After six days of rolling with it all, my body picked this moment to rebel—on a well-maintained trail in broad daylight super close to the finish. Suddenly the only stride I could muster was an inefficient…

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Less than an hour into our Ptarmigan Traverse Fastest Known Time (FKT) attempt and I was wondering if we had picked the wrong day. It was wet, cold, low-visibility. Steven and I had just traded a well-worn trail for the start of what would be 25 miles of technical terrain. Oh boy, I thought. This is going to be a really long day. The weather in the North Cascades is fickle in late June and early July. Steven and I had been monitoring the conditions for a couple of weeks, waiting for a decent window. Three days out, we committed to…

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