Ryan Guldan, 29, of Denver, Colo., recently finished the Leadville Trail 100, a challenging 100-mile ultramarathon in Leadville, Colo., in an impressive sub 24-hour time. After finishing just under 30 hours last year, Guldan decided to take his training to the next level for the 2013 race, which took place last weekend.
With the help of elite-level running coach and mutli-time Leadville winner, Duncan Callahan, Guldan trained hard and used Movescount.com to optimize and track his efforts.
We caught up with Guldan on a break at the office (he's an engineer) to talk about his training, the race, and of course, Suunto and Movescount:
You used Movescount.com as a crucial training tool for the Leadville Trail 100 this year. How did it help you?
Movescount was useful for watching performance improvements. It was neat to see, over time, how much faster I become during my training, as well as watching the recovery hours section after workouts.
The most useful part for making sure you are doing your planned fartlek runs correctly: the watch's ability to track pace and distance to the letter. This was amazing and oh so helpful for all of my workouts.
Why did you select the Suunto Ambit over other GPS devices when you selected a watch for running?
I chose the Ambit because it had a plethora of other functions that are useful for all of my outdoor passions.
What feature is most useful to you when it comes to running?
The most useful features for me are the pace measurement, distance and heart rate.
What other features do you use? You also are a mountaineer we understand, so how has this device helped you in the mountains?
I have used the mountaineering, alpine skiing and trekking features for my other adventures. The Ambit was really useful for measuring pace and vertical gain/altitude, temp for my mountaineering trip in the Pacific Northwest this summer (Ryan climbed Rainier). These things help me gauge accurately expected arrival to the summit and temperature for clothing considerations.
How do you interact with Movescount? How does the data help you?
I use Movescount as an assessment of running training (Is it going well? Did I slack off in that workout? Etc.) I also really like using it to look over approach routes I have used in backcountry skiing so I can use the same in the future for avoiding avalanche terrain.
How did your training translate to race day at Leadville? Your goal, under 24hrs, you achieved. Tell us about your day.
I believe my training contributed very largely to my success on achieving my goals at Leadville this year. I credit my coach Duncan Callahan for being key on this by devising workouts that worked nicely around my hectic with schedule and other personal vacations leading up to Leadville.
Check out Ryan's Movescount profile, here.