Nobody is going to forget 2020. For most of us, the year did not go as planned or as expected. It was a year of survival and already, the ‘I survived 2020’ tee-shirts are available.
It has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows.
I started the year ‘as normal’ with my Lanzarote Training Camp… We had 40-athletes join us at Club La Santa and life was good, just like normal!
From here I travelled to Morocco with Abelone, we had a few days in Marrakech and then climbing planned in the Atlas Mountains summiting Toubkal and the surrounding peaks. It was a perfect kick-start to what looked like was going to be a perfect year. This trip alone was a highlight of 2020.
Late January, I was on a flight to Hong Kong for another year working on the 9 Dragons. As I departed the UK, rumors about a virus were escalating but the level of concern, at this stage was still very low. As I arrived in Hong Kong, I settled with my friends Mo and Janine and that evening we had a dinner planned with race directors, Michael and Steve. By the end of the dinner, the race was almost certainly going to be cancelled.
This set the stage for 2020. Race cancellations, disappointment and an escalated level of worry and concern.
My immediate concern was firstly getting out of Hong Kong, the lockdown came quickly and while face masks are a regular sight here, they came compulsory. I changed my flights and made my escape.
February I once again returned to The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica. The race was normal. We discussed Covid-19, we expressed concerns but many of us were of the mindset it will be okay, Spring should be fine! How wrong we were!
Transgrancanaria concluded February and now, the impact of Covid-19 was becoming very real.
March signified a lockdown of the world.
I have to say, I cannot complain about 2020. My work life was pretty much shut down but on a personal level I made the most of free time that I would never normally have. I became elastic constantly stretching and contracting as situations around the world changed.
Needless to say, as the pandemic took over the world, it was hard to remain positive with the rise of infection and deaths globally.
One constant was my website, my podcast, photography and writing articles. I thought it timely to look back and list all the content from the past 52-weeks.
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2020 IN SUMMARY
Kilian Jornet the Matterhorn Interview HERE
Lanzarote Training Camp 2020 Days 1 to 3 HERE
Timothy Olson Interview HERE
Lanzarote Training Camp 2020 Day 4 HERE
Lanzarote Training Camp 2020 Day 5 and 6 HERE
Lanzarote Training Camp 2020 Day 7 HERE
Lanzarote Training Camp 2020 Day 8 and 9 HERE
Geoff Roes Interview HERE
Ellie Greenwood Interview HERE
Fastpacking in Morocco, Toubkal and the Atlas Mountains in winter HERE
Dean Karnazes Interview HERE
The Coastal Challenge 2020 Preview HERE
Top 10 Tips for Multi-Day Racing HERE
Bruce Fordyce Interview HERE
Episode 182 of Talk Ultra – John Kelly and Damian Hall HERE
The Coastal Challenge 2020 Stage 1 HERE
The Coastal Challenge 2020 Stage 2 HERE
The Coastal Challenge 2020 Stage 3 HERE
The Coastal Challenge 2020 Stage 4 HERE
The Coastal Challenge 2020 Stage 5 HERE
The Coastal Challenge 2020 Stage 6 HERE
Audiofuel running to music HERE
Scott Jurek Interview HERE
Mira Rai Initiative HERE
Covid-19 Basic Advice HERE
Transgrancanaria 2020 Preview HERE
Episode 183 of Talk Ultra – Kaytlyn Gerbin, Cody Lind and Janine Canham HERE
ISF announce new VK Circuit HERE
David Horton Interview HERE
Race Cancellations and Covid-19 HERE
Phil Maffetone Interview HERE
Covid-19 a simple guide HERE
inov-8 Trail Talon 290 V2 review HERE
Tom Evans 0 – 100 HERE
Episode 184 of Talk Ultra – Stephen Goldstein HERE
Michael Wardian and the Israel FKT HERE
Unbreakable – The Western States 100 HERE
Marco de Gasperi VK Hints and Tips HERE
Episode 185 of Talk Ultra – Kilian Jornet, Albert Jorquera and Michael Wardian HERE
The Immediate Future of Racing post Covid-19 HERE
Episode 186 of Talk Ultra – Rickey Gates, Kevin Webber, Abelone Lyng and Stevie Kremer HERE
One Only Sees with The Heart HERE
Max King Interview HERE
RAB Kaon Jacket Review HERE
Is Virtual Here to Stay? HERE
adidas Terrex Agravic Flow Review HERE
Hal Koerner Interview HERE
Episode 187 of Talk Ultra – Ben Bardsley, Crowley and Goldstein HERE
Zach Bitter 100 Treadmill Preview HERE
Episode 188 of Talk Ultra – Zach Bitter HERE
ISF announce MYSKYRACE HERE
Getting High in Norway HERE
Fastpacking – A Guide HERE
Episode 189 of Talk Ultra – Marcus Scotney, Elisabeth Borgersen and Spartan HERE
Scarpa Spin Review HERE
Exploring Norway – Hardanger HERE
Episode 190 of Talk Ultra – Superior 100 FKT HERE
Exploring Norway – Jotunheimen HERE
Scott Supertrac RC2 Review HERE
Episode 191 of Talk Ultra – Jodie Moss HERE
Fastpacking – Fast and Light HERE
Episode 192 of Talk Ultra – Kim Collison HERE
Nemo Hornet Tent Review HERE
VJ Sport iRock 3 Review HERE
Fastpacking Guide (Video) HERE
inov-8 Terraultra G270 Review HERE
Freedom in a Pandemic HERE
Episode 193 of Talk Ultra – Damian Hall HERE
Attaching a Front Pack (guide) HERE
Katadyn BeFree Review HERE
Photoshoot with Didrik Hermansen, Oslo
Rondane 100 Race Preview HERE
Sea to Summit Sleeping Mat Review HERE
Episode 194 of Talk Ultra – Beth Pascall, Sabrina Stanley and Tom Evans HERE
Rondane 100 Race Summary HERE
Photoshoot with Yngvild Kaspersen for Adidas Terrex
Scott Kinabalu Ultra Review HERE
RED S article HERE
Episode 195 of Talk Ultra – John Kelly HERE
Exploring Norway – Møre og Romsdal HERE
Ultra-Trail Snowdonia HERE
Embrace Winter article HERE
Episode 196 of Talk Ultra – Jon Albon and Kristian Morgan HERE
Fastpacking and Camping in Winter HERE
Ultra Trail Snowdonia HERE
How to find the correct Run Shoe Size and Fit HERE
Hytteplanmila 10km Preview HERE
Kilian Jornet and Hytteplanmila 10km HERE
VJ Sport Xante (ice shoe) Review HERE
Episode 197 of Talk Ultra – Finlay Wild, Speedgoat, Kilian Jornet and Stephen Goldstein HERE
Kilian Jornet to Run 24-Hour on the Track HERE
inov-8 Roclite Pro 400G Review HERE
Moonlight Headlamps HERE
La Sportiva VK Boa Review HERE
Episode 198 of Talk Ultra – Molly Bazilchuk, Mike McLean and Jack Scott HERE
Phantasm 24HR Kilian Jornet HERE
Getting Layered HERE
Silva Free Headlamp Review HERE
Choosing a Headlamp HERE
Episode 199 of Talk Ultra – Hayden Hawks and Camille Herron HERE
Andrea Huser RIP HERE
Running on Ice HERE
Photoshoot Non-stop Dogwear
Episode 200 of Talk Ultra – Seb Conrad and Jill Wheatley HERE
inov-8 Terraultra G270 Long-Term Review HERE
inov-8 Mudclaw G260 Review HERE
Fuelling for a Multi-Day like Marathon des Sables HERE
And finally, on a personal level, a big thank you to Abelone Lyng who made 2020 a very special year. We shared countless trails, many mountains and countless summits.
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