Monthly Archives: March 2016

why Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua is the best training ground for an obstacle racer

Posted on March 2, 2016

If you could have the perfect training ground, the perfect terrain for obstacle race training, what would it be like? Would it have hills? Water? Dirt roads? All of the above? While most racers flock to the mountains of Colorado to train, after doing Fuego y Agua Survival Run for the past two years, I

why I have not yet been to Australia (and the beauty of not speaking the local language)

Posted on February 8, 2016

A friend ran a race in Australia few months ago, and ended up staying for months. When I mentioned that I have not yet been, he cautioned me against going. “You may never come back!”, he smiled. I mumbled something (lame) about the cost of flights, and how my knees do not fit between the

magic, warm air and arriving to Managua

Posted on January 28, 2016

One of my first travel experiences has been going to the United Arab Emirates with my father. I was 8. He was there only for few days, to take advantage of much cheaper prices on electronics, and I was the extra body (as there was a limit of electronics PER person). To this day, he

where to stay on Ometepe island

Posted on November 5, 2015

Dear Fuego y Agua Racers, Now that the Australia event has wrapped up (with an unprecedented number of finishers and the first female finisher to boot), the attention is shifted to the upcoming Nicaragua Survival Run. If you have not yet booked accommodation, here’s a little cheat sheet for ya. Getting from Managua to the

my first beer mile

Posted on February 24, 2015

This whole beer mile business… I was never convinced. I love running. I love beer. But together? Just because I love both, does not seem like a good enough reason to put them together. [Peanut butter is an obvious exception here. Peanut butter goes with everything.] The fact that I am an incredibly light weight

[…] this post? Check out the race recap of my first beer mile, and three things I learned from doing […]

you never forget your first

Posted on February 8, 2015

You are asking me how I am doing, how was the race. Understandable, given how long I have been building it up. I could tell you that the race was fine, and that I am in a good place. All of that would be true. But I know that’s not what you are looking for.

[…] DNF a race [2015] […]

living on a tropical island

Posted on January 30, 2015

Most of us are conditioned to associate palm trees and water with vacations. But, the joys of working remotely means that for me it is just another day at the “office”. Just with a much (MUCH!) nicer background. Here is what my typical day looks like. I wake up between 4.30am and 5.30am (without an

[…] Liked this post? Read more about my love-hate relationship with airports and about my life on a tropical island. […]

Nicaragua in two words

Posted on January 28, 2015

I have asked some of you who have visited the country before, to describe Nicaragua in two words. Here’s what you came up with; – peaceful poverty – natural beauty – soulful opportunity – beautifully frustrating – blissful oblivion – mierda incredible – authentic, inspiring – live here – wild, exotic – simply majestic –

[…] Liked this post? Read my review of Life of Pi, and why you don’t have to pick and my description of Nicaragua in two words. […]

what health coach and wilderness guide have in common

Posted on January 27, 2015

Here, in Nicaragua, I met S., an ultra runner and a wilderness guide back in US. He is a nomad with a running problem. 🙂 In the summer and fall, he guides groups through Yosemite and Grand Canyon, and in the winter, he takes off somewhere warm to live and train for a destination race.

Dorsey at 11:55 am Jan 28
There's that map again. Maps are good.

Fuego y Agua Survival Run T minus 10 days – some thoughts on the race

Posted on January 26, 2015

We are 10 days away from race start. In the next week, racers will slowly start trickling in from Managua, and I will start seeing more and more familiar faces on the beach strip. I can’t wait. The surfer and backpacker crowd must I have to say… My chances of the coveted DNF are improving

[…] day after racing for almost 16 hours, after running down the beach with a bunch of plantains, swimming in a lake, […]

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