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December 2013 Poem

The following poem was penned by Sarah Speicher, who completed the October 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL. She's a poet and we didn't know it.


Twisting and turning all through the night
Heart beat pounding through the invasive fright
Rising to eat hours before daylight
Foam rolling and stretching to avoid the dreaded tight

Walking to the water preparing for the anvil flight
Hysterically laughing before taking the plunge
Pessimistic thoughts we must try to shun
Knowing in our minds that ANYTHING can be done

The anvil strikes
The anvil strikes

To read the rest, click here for the document



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June 23, 2011 by John Vonhoff
Filed under: Foot Care, Health, blister care

A BAD case of maceration
This weekend is the running of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile race from Squaw Valley to Auburn, over the California Sierras. While around 375 will start the race, the finisher’s numbers will probably fall between 200 and 250. The main reasons for not finishing will include being under trained, stomach issues, simply missing cutoffs, and injuries. Injuries are big. There will be sprained ankles, cuts and scrapes from falls, possible wrist injuries from falls, tons of blisters, and this year - a lot of problems from maceration. With higher than normal snow levels, and this week’s hot temperatures, runners will be in the snow more than normal. Plus runoff from the snow will affect trails and stream crossings. These wet conditions will affect many of the runners - leading to maceration. To read the rest of the article, click here for John's Website!!



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Consider Helping Race Staff out or be a Support Crew for a racer

Are you thinking of tackling the Double or Triple ANVIL Triathlon. Have you upped your training which should consist of some overnight training and sleep deprivation. What else might be invovled in a successful finish for you? Think about coming out and helping either the race management OR crew for an athlete. Not all athletes can bring their own support crew, usually it's a money issue with having to travel a long distance.

But either way - you will see how the race unfolds, what atheltes are doing right, do wrong. Will answer some of your questions and make you think of other things you hadn't thought of. Email Steve Kirby at for more information and to be added to the list.





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ANVIL ~ Where Iron Is FORGED!

Forget the kettle bells: We got ANVILS!!

**Every athlete has his or her specific goals and reasons for racing in whatever event he or she chooses; but overall most would agree that the journey to the finish line is what resonates in most athletes’ minds.    Ultra-distance Athlete and Author, Wayne Kurtz

**Been thinking about how much admiration and affection I have regarding fellow Double Anvil athletes, staff, volunteers and crew. Many of you, I know very little about, so how can I like you so much??? Think I figured it out this morning. Throughout the race weekend, I was able to see many of you at your worst moments -feeling anxious, exhausted, cold, hot, hungry, nauseous, in pain, and even despair while in pursuit of your own dreams. Yet, even in your darkest moments, each one of you was able to show concern for those around you - sharing an encouraging word, a smile, your own supplies and equipment, whatever was needed.

So, while I may not know everything about you, I do know everything I need to know about you. I've seen the qualities within you that make you so inspiring!

Looking forward to racing with each of you again! (and my apologies to anyone I've missed!)
   Ultra-distance Athlete Angie Voltmer Wise penned after finishing the 2014 Florida Double ANVIL

2 Oct 2014

Getting forms and results sheets ready for the Virginia Ultra ANVIL Week. We will have two different versions of results that will be published. One will come automatically from the timing computer and will be updated every 5 minutes, this one shows results by who is in the lead, what lap finished and the race time. The second results list is a Excel spreadsheet that will show "all" the times thruout the race -- once the swim is done we will fill in that section and then the bike start will allow the transition time to appear, and during the bike we will update every so often showing what bike lap they are on, and this will be sorted by who is in the lead, it will continue on into the run, showing the final bike time and once the run starts, that transition time will appear; we will update this every so often 9hopefully every couple of hours).

Timing Computer Automatic Results uploaded every 5 minutes click here for the results page

Excel Spreadsheet showing all times updated every couple hours click here for the Excel file

20 May 2014

2013 ~ On The Leesh Productions shot some footage for a future endeavor with Josh Zitomer, one of the athletes competing in the Quintuple ANVIL, and put together a 3 plus minute video of the race  Click here for the video


29 March 2014

In a continuing effort to make our sport safe, competitive and drug free, we are instituting a World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) recognized testing program. All the races sanctioned under (International Ultra Triathlon Assc) IUTA will be doing a doping test to hopefully deter people from using performance enhancing drugs in our competitions. The top three men and women will be tested upon completion of their race. The cost for this is not cheap but spread out amongst the athletes makes the increase of race fees manageable.  

01 December 2013

Lava Magazine Article written by T.J. Murphy July 2013 Issue; talks with a few of our athletes about what it's like to race the ultra scene, training tips, and other little tidbits. Great read.  T.J.'s Article (pdf file)


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Learn the Lingo

A Hammer Nutrition Article written by UltraWoman and Double & Triple IRON Finisher Suzy Degazon click here (pdf file)

Beyond Iron Distance

A Hammer Nutrition Article written by Double IRON Finisher Shane "Zenman" Eversfield click here (pdf file)

Fuel Up, Get Ahead

By Anahad O'Connor/The New York Times/3July2011

Working out while hungry may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but many athletes and gym-goers push themselves on empty stomachs in the belief they’ll burn more fat.

To read the rest, click here

How To Fold Your Wetsuit For Travel

By Gear & Tech/

There’s no late-night infomercial selling a tool that cleanly folds your wetsuit (so far), so follow these steps to keep creases out of your suit when traveling to a race.

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