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Elk Mountain Grand Traverse Race Tips
By Mike Kloser, Founder of OutThereUSA, 5 Time Elk Mountain Grand Traverse Champion
The Elk Mountain Grand Traverse is an extraordinary 40-mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen, Colorado. Starting at midnight from Crested Butte — often in sub-zero temperatures — racers traverse Colorado’s spectacular Elk Mountains.
Okay, it’s been a couple years since I raced the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse (GT as the locals call it), and even longer since I originally wrote these tips. So I’ve updated the content below, if you have a few minutes, give it a read.
Some of this obvious or maybe even a bit crazy, but I bet you will find something useful from all this. Here’s a few tips and a bit of advice that I’ve written based
Training tips from a Pro
The beauty about living in Colorado is there are dozens of mountain sports for one to test mettle. A few tips from world champion adventure racer Mike Kloser, who trains and competes in numerous activities throughout the year.
1. Attitude is Everything
One of the most important things is having a good attitude and having a good time. Use the first event or two as a total learning experience because there is a lot to learn in this sport. And if you are going to set some goals, make sure they're realistic. I've had my share of humbling experiences over the years.
2. Learn To Balance
My plan is to try to train five or six days a week, throw a race or two in each week for intensity and to keep me motivated. Family comes first, even though, realistically, you have to schedule a lot of your family time around your work schedule and your training. I function best by getting in most of my workouts first thing in the morning,