America’s Uphill is a classic here in Colorado.  The race involves ascending Aspen Mountain in the winter with shoes, snowshoes, or skis.  You go right up the ski slopes from 8,000 to over 11,200′, and the steep section at the start means it’s a lung-burner from start to finish.

I’ve been meaning to do America’s Uphill forever, and I finally got around to it this year.

Here’s the story from the Aspen Times.

This race, like any other, was a team effort; many thanks to:

  • Brandy for waking me up when I slept through the alarm.
  • Amy, Mom, and Sandy for hanging with our kids so I can train.
  • Josiah’s awesome workouts and guidance.
  • Vitargo for providing a crucial and effective shot of energy halfway through the race.
  • VitargoHOKA, Ultimate Direction, and my other sponsors for your ongoing support.
We’re headed to the Portland area next week for the Gorge Waterfalls 50k, which looks like a blast and should be flatter and more rainforesty than Aspen Mountain.

Travis Macy summited glacial peaks in the French Alps, rapelled into cavernous limestone caves in China, and ran through parched deserts in Utah.  Most famously, he won the Leadman, a high-altitude combination trail running marathon, 50-mile mountain biking race, 100-mile mountain biking race, 10K run, and 100-mile trail run.  Macy accomplished it without exceptional strength, speed, flexibility, high tech performance labs, or performance-enhancing drugs.  His secret?  A precise and particular outlook he calls the “Ultra Mindset,” principles for daily life which are neither mysterious nor the sole province of ascetics or elite athletes: embrace fear, rewrite stories we tell ourselves, and master the art of seeking help, among others.  By applying the Ultra Mindset principles to other areas of life, anyone can find success that otherwise would have been impossible.