Erich Wegscheider


In Search of the World's Toughest Tests of Endurance

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I am an endurance athlete.

I want to compete and complete the toughest tests of endurance.

 

I want to summit the highest mountains on each continent,

Run the toughest ultra-marathons,

Compete in the most intense triathlons and epic cycling events.

 

I want to test my physiological and psychological limits…

 

I want to find my breaking point.

“Set a goal to achieve something that is so big, so exhilarating, that it excites you and scares you at the same time. It must be a goal that is so appealing, so much in line with your spiritual core, that you can’t get it out of your mind. If you do not get chills when you set a goal, you’re not setting big enough goals.”

                                                                                                        – Bob Proctor

 

                                                             

 

 

The Madness

The Challenges

 

Method to the Madness

About Me

It all started in 2007 with triathlon and the question, “Can I do this?” As my experience in the sport grew, so did my appetite for new challenges. In 2011, I began racing triathlons professionally and discovered that I am most comfortable when in pursuit of endeavors that require a lot of discomfort – oxymoronic, yes, but true nevertheless.

As I check endurance events off my list, I wonder what’s my breaking point? That is, at what point do I find something so unbearable, that I want to quit. Having completed a few Iron-distance triathlons, a couple ultra-marathons, and having summited a 6,189-meter peak (20,305 feet), I haven’t a clue to where my limit lies. I’m an ambitious, long suffering individual who relishes a challenge.

Simply put, if it’s hard, I want to do it.

Firsthand Accounts

My Blog

Leadville Trail 100 Run

The Leadville Trail 100 Run is more than a race, it’s an experience. The altitude, community, volunteers, athletes, and founders, Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin, make for an unforgettable experience. Although some parts of race don’t exist in my memory bank, the parts I do remember are awesome, awful, and truly unforgettable. At 4:00 AM, the gun went off […]

Leadville Trail 100 MTB

The Leadville Trail 100 MTB is an epic in every sense of the overused mountain bike term. The brut of a course starts 10,176 feet (3,101 m), climbs 12,266 vertical feet (3,739 m) reaching an elevation of 12,530 feet (3,819 m), and covers ~104 miles (167 km) of fire roads, single track, and some tarmac. It’s […]

Pre Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Even while living in Bali, I dreamt of toeing the line at the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike and Run. I realize how ridiculous that sounds, because I had more beautiful beaches than I knew what to do with. However, mountains have a pull of me and my priorities may be questionable. It’s less than […]

10 Reasons for Toe Socks

When I was preparing to run my first ultra last year, the Big Basin 50k, I was chock-full of questions. Handheld water bottle or hydration pack? How many calories should I take in per hour? Are blisters inevitable? Will I run off-course? When do hallucinations set in? Is it cool to go in the woods? […]

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