Posted on October 01, 2012
The past few months have been a bit of a roller coaster. The
last few years had been dedicated towards making my 2nd Olympic
Team. The stress and pressure of competing & training at such a high level can
sometimes take its toll on the body long before the mind has felt the effects.
Such was the case with me. Early in the spring season I suffered a small
“niggle” around my right ankle. I only made things worse by continuing to train
and race on it. Hindsight is 20/20, so fast-forward a few months and the small
“niggle” had turned into a full-blown injury that I was desperately trying to
combat while racing to make the Olympic deadline. Long story short, I ended up
having to pull out of my Olympic bid, despite already being nominated by my
federation. Tough pill to swallow, but a lesson well learned, that I’ll carry
with me forward in the seasons and years to come. Rio 2016 is now the next
Olympic on the horizon, but before that, there’ll be loads of World
Championships, Road Races and even a Marathon debut!
That brings us to now, late September 2012. After a few weeks off from training
and a ton of treatment, my Achilles/ankle is finally back to 100%. I’ve
commenced training and I’m happy to say my fitness is coming along well. On
September 9th, I jumped into a 10 mile trail race in order to gauge
my fitness and experiment with longer races. The longest I’ve raced has been a
half marathon, so 10 miles is still a long way for someone used to racing 1500
– 3000meters on the track!
The race started at 7AM with a chilly 45degrees temperature.
Sporting my trusty Point6 compression socks, I took off and attempted to run
within myself. Racing at altitude is a lot tougher than training at it,
especially if you’re –like me- a “low-lander” (Barcelona = sea level). I was
happy to run within myself and come away with the victory in a respectable
time. My first race since the Olympic chase went well and left me hungry for
the fall/winter racing season.
While summer is by far my favorite season, I do enjoy racing
during the fall/winter months. That has traditionally meant cross country and
road races. This season won’t be any different. My pending schedule for the
moment will see me racing the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in Los Angeles on
October 28th. A little over 5 weeks later I plan on toeing the line
at the Xterra World Championships in Hawaii for the 21.1K trail champs (http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html).
It’ll be a completely new (and TOUGH!) challenge, but I’m excited to tackle a
new challenge as I build up towards a potential Marathon debut in early 2013.
So as you can see, there are a lot of exciting races coming up in the next few
months. As the season changes and the weather cools, I must also start
preparing mentally/physically for chillier/muddier/wetter runs. As the days get
shorter, I must make sure I structure my training days a lot better. Whereas in
the summer I can be a bit more laid back with the luxury of longer days, in the
fall/winter I must make sure I maximize the daylight (and heat) available.
A typical day will see me leaving the house at 9AM for the
day’s first workout (vs 10AM or so in the summer). In the summer I might fly
out the door shirtless, only wearing a pair of shorts, trainers and my trusty
Point6 “no show” or “ultra light micro” socks. They breathe well and are ever
so light! In the cooler season however, I’ll head out the door with a long
sleeve or jacket and thicker/longer socks. These could be ¾ light running crew
socks or the “light mini crew”. As I’ve mentioned earlier I have my trusty
Point6 compression socks, so those I sport all year around, although I usually
reserve them for special workouts or races.
I’m usually back home by 10 or 11, at which point I’ll rest
for a bit, catch up on some e-mails, ring the family overseas, have lunch and
then get ready for the day’s 2nd workout. This could be a trip to
the gym or a secondary run. Although typically on Monday/Wednesday & Friday
I will have two runs and a trip to the gym. That is a lot of running around, a
lot of changing up of clothing and going through a lot of socks!
I thoroughly enjoy running around the myriad of trails
Boulder has to offer. Typically when I run trails, I’ll make a conscious effort
–regardless of time of year- to wear heavier/higher socks. This is in part due
to the extra support I feel they add, as well as to protect my ankles/shins a
bit more from the overgrown bushes/twigs that I tend to zoom by. This is
usually when I get to really enjoy the vast array of Point6 socks I have, as I
can go out the door in a “lifestyle” or “active” sock such as the “active medium
mini crew” or “active light crew”. Much like different surfaces and races
require different type of shoes, I find different runs
(length/terrain/intensity) will require different socks.
So there you have it, I’ve hopefully brought you all up to speed on what’s been going on as well as given you a quick glimpse into a typical day. Thanks for reading and remember… “Happy feet = Happy Running”.
Posted on September 07, 2012
Point6, makers of premium merino wool socks engineered to deliver the ultimate in performance and comfort, is proud to show its support for the sixth annual Run Rabbit Run 50 mile Ultra Marathon, and the first annual Run Rabbit Run 100 mile Ultra Marathon, in Steamboat Springs this month.
Both races are part of the Montrail Cup Series, and cover 150 combined miles through the Routt National Forest and Emerald Mountain. The 100 Miler starts on Friday, Sept. 14th with runners climbing approximately 20,000 feet throughout the 35 hour race. The 50 Miler kicks off Saturday, Sept. 15th with 9,000 feet of climbing in 15 hours. All runners will receive a free pair of Point6 performance merino running socks guaranteed to maximize performance and comfort for long miles.
Founded in 2008, Point6’s performance merino running socks have quickly become a favorite among ultra runners and endurance athletes. From long-distance ultra marathons and trail runs, to hard and fast intervals on the track, Point6 running socks are engineered to endure miles of repetitive force without interfering with high-tech running shoes or impairing circulation.
“We’re excited to be a part of Run Rabbit Run,” noted Katie Hughes, sales and marketing coordinator for Point6. “Running is an extremely important category for us, and we’re proud to show our support for these amazing athletes. Running and climbing over long-distances at altitude is no small feat, but we hope our high-tech merino running socks will provide comfort and enhance the experience for participants.”
Point6 running socks offer sport-specific cushioning, rugged durability and stabilizing properties designed to maximize performance and comfort. Knit-in Achilles and arch braces ensure a snug, secure fit and extra support whether for trail, road, treadmill, or track. Extra-light cushioning is strategically placed under foot, where runners need it most, for a performance, comfortable fit. Mesh ventilation panels enhance breathability and moisture management for warm days and prevent chaffing, hot spots and blisters.
Proudly made in the USA, Point6 exclusively uses 100-percent compact spun merino yarns for running socks with unsurpassed durability and luxurious softness. Point6 sources only the highest quality merino wool, combined with advanced knitting and sock construction techniques, for a signature fit and long-lasting comfort.
Posted on August 27, 2012
Gear testers over at SNEWS, an outdoor industry publication, conducted a sock test during this summer's Gore-tex Trans Rockies run. Here's what they had to say about point6:
Point6 Trail Socks with Celliant (MSRP TBD)
"These socks don’t even
have a release date yet, but retailers you might want to get your hands on them
as soon as you can. Point6 reps gave us a few pair of the prototype mini-crew,
mid-weight socks with Celliant to test out for our feedback. Celliant, according
to Point6, is a technology that radiates a person’s energy output back to their
body, increasing blood flow and oxygenation.
Perhaps it was the Celliant, or my preemptive duct taping of my hot spots,
but the day I wore the Point6 socks, Stage 4, was the day my feet felt the best.
I got the same feedback from my brother, who wore them on Stage 5. He gave rave
reviews and said the ever-present, post-finish foot pain and soreness was not as
bad as it had been on previous days. He didn’t have hot spots, nor did he have
any hot spots to duct tape, so we both agreed it must be the Celliant. We admit
we were a bit skeptical, but after trying the socks, we might become believers.
Perhaps we could have a hat with Celliant one day for those days when our
creativity is especially low."
Learn more about Celliant here And stay tuned for more information about point6 and Celliant products.
The “Contender” part of the brand new cycling line offered in Spring ‘13
Point6, makers of premium merino wool socks engineered to
deliver the ultimate in performance and comfort, will debut a new collection of
performance merino wool cycling socks at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Summer
Since the brand’s inception in 2008, Point6 continues to gain traction as a
favorite among hard-core cyclists and elite athletes for high quality,
exceptionally comfortable and long-lasting performance merino wool products.
Positive feedback from customers, and growing demand from specialty retailers,
sparked the brand to fully redesign its cycling collection, taking the
collection from a few successful offerings to a robust new category.
The new Point6 cycling collection boasts ten new styles and a fresh new look,
incorporating new colors, designs, trends, and sock construction techniques
geared for the cycling lifestyle. Sock designs range in varying heights from
1-inch and 2.5-inch minimalist cuffs, all the way up to 5-inch and 7-inch cuffs
for riders who prefer tall cycling socks.
“Cyclists in different regions prefer different sock heights,” said Patty Duke,
co-CEO and creative director for Point6. “And it’s not necessarily a matter of
weather or climate. It’s more a matter of personal style preference.”
So in addition to fun new designs and colors to complement a wide array of
attire, we also took a close look at style trends and construction techniques
that would resonate with this demographic,” Duke continued.
All Point6 cycling socks are engineered with minimal-to-no cushioning for a
performance fit and maximum comfort during long rides. Whether logging miles on
the road, cyclocross racing or tackling challenging singletrack in the
backcountry, Point6 has mastered fit with cycling-specific sock designs and new
innovations, including the new “buckle cushion.” This design features light
cushioning strategically placed on the instep-area only to ease buckle pressure
from stiff cycling shoes.
Arch and achilles brace support cradles the foot without impairing circulation,
while ventilation panels enhance breathability for long rides in the heat.
Every detail is meticulously constructed to prevent hot spots, blisters and
“Merino wool is proven as an excellent performer for cyclists in any climate
thanks to the temperature stabilizing properties of merino fibers,” added Peter
Duke, co-CEO for Point6. “Combined with the Point6 signature fit, high quality
merino, and contemporary styles and colors, the new cycling collection will
greatly expand our market share in this important category.”
Point6 exclusively uses 100-percent compact spun merino yarns and the highest
quality merino wool, combined with advanced knitting and sock construction
techniques, for products of the utmost quality, comfort and durability.
For more information, please stop by the Point6 booth at the 2012 ORSM trade
show, booth # BR501 or visit www.point6.com.
This past weekend a few members of the point6 tribe headed
up to Steamboat’s rugged backyard and hiked in the Zirkel Wilderness to Gold
Lake and Gilpin Lake, i.e., the Zirkel Circle.
Considering the monsoon season that brings
afternoon thunder and lightning storms to the area, we set out early and
managed to be hiking on the trail at 7:20am.
It was the perfect summer morning; crisp air, dewy plants, rushing
creeks, and bright sun rays poking through the aspens as we made our way toward
Gold Lake. The “Circle” can be done
clockwise or counter, we chose counter which brings you up a little mellower
grade first, but either way, you’re getting about 3,000ft in elevation gain.
After a couple creek crossings (which
resulted in one pair of completely soaked feet), shedding our long sleeve
layers, and a couple water breaks, we made it to Gold Lake. This lake was relatively easy to reach and is
stunning, with peaks rising on all sides, it sits in a nice basin where the
fish frolic and the views abound. I
definitely plan on bringing our old dog up to Gold Lake in the near future for
a nice morning of fishing and soaking in the beauty. But on this day, we were pushing on to
Gilpin. After Gold Lake, the trail heads
east and wraps up toward the final ascent to the top of the pass. This saddle is the perfect place for lunch. Does smoked gouda, salami, apples, and dark
chocolate ever taste as good as it does when you’re enjoying it on the top of a
Gilpin Lake is a beauty.
From the top of the pass, the trail zig zags down to the lake, around
it, and then starts the quick and steep descent back to the parking lot. Keeping a pretty casual pace and stopping for
a good lunch break, we got back to the car just before 1:00pm (10-11 mile loop). Just in time for the thunderstorms to bring
in quite a show. There was electricity
in the air.
There are about six creek crossings total. Plenty of opportunities to soak your
feet. Remember, merino wool is the best
choice for hiking socks. Whether your
feet get swamped in a creek or you manage to stay on the log, even the natural
moisture created by your foot can be troublesome in a synthetic or cotton
sock. Learn more about the wonders of
merino wool here. I have a light hiking
shoe with a pretty hard sole, and the hiking tech extra light mini crew was
the perfect height and weight for me on this hike. A bulkier hiking boot may require a thicker
or taller sock, and for more technical terrain or a longer distance, I would
recommend a light to medium weight hiking crew sock. Throwing an extra pair in your pack can be a
great idea as socks can double for mittens or a dry pair may be needed in case
of emergency or needing to spend the night out. If you're unsure which socks would best suit your endeavor, just drop our customer service a quick email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll make a recommendation for you.