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#HKTRP #38 – Conversation with Jeremy Ritcey – Part 2/2

Part 2/2: This podcast will profile runner Jeremy Ritcey, one of Hong Kong’s most prolific and elite trail runners. We will attempt to paint a picture of what lead him to start trail running and how he managed to become one of the top runners in Hong Kong.

Show Notes:
  • Who’s Jeremy Ritcey?
  • Intro – Started hiking/running
  • What is his day job?
Trivia for Jeremy:
  • What is Jeremy’s favorite trail in Hong Kong and why?
  • What in Jeremy’s view is his best accomplishment in the field of running
  • In his running career, has he had any mentors? Who has had the most influence on him?
  • Does Jeremy have role models in the field of running? Who are they and why?
Questions for Jeremy:
  • Humble beginnings: where it all started
  • Road running/trail running philosophy and why he does it. When did he start doing it?
  • Does he have any unforgettable experiences in the course of trail running and racing? Something or someone that has shaped him and his thoughts?
Jeremy’s Accomplishments (We are going to limit our discussion to three Ultras):
  • Came 2nd in the Canadian Death Race (125km): 2012
  • 2nd OTW team in 2012 – with Samir Tamang and Ram Khatr and Michael Maddess beaten by Solomon France by 4 minutes
  • 4th in HK100 2011
  • Walk us through the top 3 races, the preparation, the training, the nutrition
  • What was it like?
  • Walk us through the journey. What was it like? You slept during the race. What happened? Did you want to stop?
  • Did he put a lot of pressure on himself to complete? What was the “outside” pressure like on him?
  • What were the up and down moments of this race? Describe the race to us and what more impressed you about the race
Training: (physical)
  • How often does he train and how? Does he have a routine?
  • Has his training resulted in injuries and if so how does he deal with them?
  • How competitive is Jeremy? How important is it to him to best himself? Would he risk injuries in order to achieve certain goals?
  • What’s his philosophy on team runs like the OTW? Would he push his team to do better or would they do it “just for fun” ?
  • Does Jeremy take any painkillers during runs? What’s his philosophy on that? What’s been his most painful run?
  • How does he balance his family time vs running / training? How supporting is his family?
  • Talk to us about injuries, what he learnt from it. Does he believe in the needle guy?
Training (mental)
  • How does he do such long distances during painful moments? What’s been his most painful mental moment?
  • What is his philosophy on pain? When does he know when to persist and when not to?
  • What does he tell himself mentally when he has to persist through pain and continue to the finish line?
  • During long distance runs, does he listen to music? How do you maintain your focus?
  • Is he scared that someday he might not be able to defend his top spots?
  • Is he scared he will even run out of challenges?
  • Is he scared he will someday lose his passion for running? What keeps him passionate about running?
  • When he is running, does he view competition as targets he has to overtake? Are there people he wants to overtake and be ahead of?
  • What are his downtimes in running? When he didn’t want to run and felt miserable?
Nutrition / Gear strategy:
  • How does he do his long runs? Is his cold weather strategy significantly different from his hot weather strategy?
  • Does he swear by certain gear?
Philosophies:
  • Does he believe in taking medicines? If so, when and how? Has he taken medicines before during a race in order to finish the race?
  • What does he think about DNF-ing?
Personality:
  • If he could not run, what else would he do?
  • Does he have any strategies for mental training?
Goals:
  • As far as running is concerned what are his goals for 2016?
  • Has he even thought of attempting the Grand Slam (either HK or USA) or doing the 4 Trails?
Advice:
  • For beginners getting into 100km+ running, what kind of advice does he have?
  • How can someone who has plateaued develop themselves further? How do you get from becoming a good trail runner to a great trail runner?
Parting words of wisdom:
  • #1 key to success in running that can be applicable to life
  • What is the creed he lives by?

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166).

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#HKTRP #38 – Conversation with Jeremy Ritcey – Part 1/2

Part 1/2: This podcast will profile runner Jeremy Ritcey, one of Hong Kong’s most prolific and elite trail runners. We will attempt to paint a picture of what lead him to start trail running and how he managed to become one of the top runners in Hong Kong.

Show Notes:
  • Who’s Jeremy Ritcey?
  • Intro – Started hiking/running
  • What is his day job?
Trivia for Jeremy:
  • What is Jeremy’s favorite trail in Hong Kong and why?
  • What in Jeremy’s view is his best accomplishment in the field of running
  • In his running career, has he had any mentors? Who has had the most influence on him?
  • Does Jeremy have role models in the field of running? Who are they and why?
Questions for Jeremy:
  • Humble beginnings: where it all started
  • Road running/trail running philosophy and why he does it. When did he start doing it?
  • Does he have any unforgettable experiences in the course of trail running and racing? Something or someone that has shaped him and his thoughts?
Jeremy’s Accomplishments (We are going to limit our discussion to three Ultras):
  • Came 2nd in the Canadian Death Race (125km): 2012
  • 2nd OTW team in 2012 – with Samir Tamang and Ram Khatr and Michael Maddess beaten by Solomon France by 4 minutes
  • 4th in HK100 2011
  • Walk us through the top 3 races, the preparation, the training, the nutrition
  • What was it like?
  • Walk us through the journey. What was it like? You slept during the race. What happened? Did you want to stop?
  • Did he put a lot of pressure on himself to complete? What was the “outside” pressure like on him?
  • What were the up and down moments of this race? Describe the race to us and what more impressed you about the race
Training: (physical)
  • How often does he train and how? Does he have a routine?
  • Has his training resulted in injuries and if so how does he deal with them?
  • How competitive is Jeremy? How important is it to him to best himself? Would he risk injuries in order to achieve certain goals?
  • What’s his philosophy on team runs like the OTW? Would he push his team to do better or would they do it “just for fun” ?
  • Does Jeremy take any painkillers during runs? What’s his philosophy on that? What’s been his most painful run?
  • How does he balance his family time vs running / training? How supporting is his family?
  • Talk to us about injuries, what he learnt from it. Does he believe in the needle guy?
Training (mental)
  • How does he do such long distances during painful moments? What’s been his most painful mental moment?
  • What is his philosophy on pain? When does he know when to persist and when not to?
  • What does he tell himself mentally when he has to persist through pain and continue to the finish line?
  • During long distance runs, does he listen to music? How do you maintain your focus?
  • Is he scared that someday he might not be able to defend his top spots?
  • Is he scared he will even run out of challenges?
  • Is he scared he will someday lose his passion for running? What keeps him passionate about running?
  • When he is running, does he view competition as targets he has to overtake? Are there people he wants to overtake and be ahead of?
  • What are his downtimes in running? When he didn’t want to run and felt miserable?
Nutrition / Gear strategy:
  • How does he do his long runs? Is his cold weather strategy significantly different from his hot weather strategy?
  • Does he swear by certain gear?
Philosophies:
  • Does he believe in taking medicines? If so, when and how? Has he taken medicines before during a race in order to finish the race?
  • What does he think about DNF-ing?
Personality:
  • If he could not run, what else would he do?
  • Does he have any strategies for mental training?
Goals:
  • As far as running is concerned what are his goals for 2016?
  • Has he even thought of attempting the Grand Slam (either HK or USA) or doing the 4 Trails?
Advice:
  • For beginners getting into 100km+ running, what kind of advice does he have?
  • How can someone who has plateaued develop themselves further? How do you get from becoming a good trail runner to a great trail runner?
Parting words of wisdom:
  • #1 key to success in running that can be applicable to life
  • What is the creed he lives by?

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166).

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#HKTRP #37 – Conversation with the Four Trails Survivors

Summary:

Today on the podcast, we have the survivors of the 2016th edition of Andre’s 4 Trails Ultra Challenge. Just to ensure that we leave no runner behind, let me remind you of what Andre’s challenge is about. One needs to complete the 4 trails of Hong Kong (Maclehose, Wilson, HK Trail and Lantau Trail) in reverse order within 60 hours. Finishers are those who have successfully done this (we have none) and survivors are those who have managed to survive the 4 trails but took longer than 60 hours. 11 survived in 2016 and we have 4 of them today on the podcast.
Tom Robertshaw survived this this year in 60 hours and 38 minutes. The famous John Ellis did 63 hours and 47 minutes. Mark Green took 73 hours hours, 43 minutes and Jeri, the first female survivor took 77 hours and 10 minutes.
To talk more about this and to co-host today’s podcast, we have with us the very founder of the 4 trails challenge, Mr. Andre Blumberg

Before the challenge:
  • A bit of an intro. How long they’ve been running for and why did they want to do the 4 Trails Ultra Challenge?
  • When did they decide they wanted to do it?
  • How did they prepare for it?
  • What were they hoping to get out of it? Why do it?
  • What was the pressure on them like on the start line?
During the challenge:
  • Each one’s experience
  • How they felt about the whole adventure
  • What about not making the 60 hour cutoff? What was that like?
  • Talk about preparation (food/water)
  • Talk about chaffing / hallucination
  • Did they do power naps?
  • Talk about strategy
  • Talk about up and down moments
  • Talk about most difficult / happiest moment
  • What was the postbox kiss like?
Analysis:
  • Where could they make up time?
  • How did they recover?
  • What what they do differently next time around?
  • Will they do it again?
  • How much of a difference did the public support make?
  • How long does the high of the accomplishment last?

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166).

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#HKTRP #36 – Discussing our 2015 Oxfam Trailwalker experience

Summary:

Jeremy, Valerie, Michael and I did the Trailwalker in 2015 in 14 hours and 18 minutes. We came first in the Mixed Team category. In this podcast, we will talk about our journey through the Trailwalker.


We will cover these topics:
  • How the team was formed
  • What the pressure was like on us
Preparation:
  • What is takes to do a Sub 15 OTW
  • Preparation (physical / mental)
  • Support (Static / Mules)
  • Defining the team goal
The event:
  • Before the race
  • Stages 1-10
  • How did we feel at the finish?

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166).

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#HKTRP #35 – Conversation about Vibram HK100 with Janet Ng and Dominic Rigby

Summary:

HK100 is arguably on of Hong Kong’s hottest races. I’ve got Janet Ng with me here who is the Race Director for HK100. Today, we’re going to learn about the race, specifically how it evolved and Janet’s vision for the race going forward. She will also talk about the challenges of organizing a race like this.
I also have with me Dominic Rigby who completed the HK100 race in 13 hours and 5 minutes in 2014. He will talk to us on his tips and preparation for the race.
Quick trivia questions for Janet / Dom before we dive into the content:

Trivia questions:
  • How long have they been running for and what are their favorite trails in Hong Kong and why?
  • What are their best accomplishments so far in the field of running
  • Do they have role models for running? Who are they and why?
HK100 – a primer (Janet)
  • Please describe HK100 for us in your own words
  • What gave her the idea to begin with?
  • Does she remember giving out fliers for HK’s first solo race in 2011?
  • HK100 is 5 years old now. Talk about the evolution of HK100. What was her vision for it and what has it turned out to become?
  • Did she think HK100 would become such a big success?
  • HK100 (from 2014) has become the inaugural Ultra-Trail World Tour of ultra trail running. Tell us about that. How did that come about?
  • Does she like the fact that HK100 has now become one of the most competitive 100km runs out there?
  • Tell us about the charity side of things. How much money has been raised (roughly) for charity so far and why made Janet choose particular charities over others?
HK100 – challenges of organizing
  • What is the hardest part of organizing a race like Hk100?
  • What does she most like / most hate about organizing an event like the HK100?
  • What is it like dealing with the AFCD, etc to organize a race like this?
  • Has the new regulations from the AFCD impacted the number of people running?
  • HK100’s “fun” atmosphere at checkpoints is something everyone talks about. Did she come up with the idea to make the checkpoints entertaining?
Preparation for HK100 (Dom)
  • Talk to us about the course
  • How did Dom prepare for it?
  • Can you talk to us about the challenges of the course in your own words?
  • What was the hardest part for him and the easiest part?
  • What lessons did he learn from it? Was he pleased with his result?
  • What tips does he have for racers who are attempting this race?
  • What did he do for nutrition?
  • What did he do for recovery subsequent to completing?
  • What advice would you have for overseas runners attempting to run this race?
Janet and Dom
  • What’s your favorite part of the race?
Favorites for the 2016 edition
  • Will someone break Yan Longfei’s 9.52 record (2015)?
  • Women: Will someone beat Claire Price’s record of 11.58 (2013)
Future of HK100 (Janet)
  • How will the race evolve from here?