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World-Class Ultramarathon Coaching since 1988
"Prepare to Better Your Best"
Specializing in Coaching for the Leadville Trail 100
The Coveted Leadville Trail 100 Gold Buckle
Don't have one? Want one? You've come to the right place!
Thinking of the Leadville Trail 100? New to ultramarathoning? Or, maybe you're not so new but Leadville's been getting the best of you? Well, now's the time to take action for 2014 - action versus thinking ... thinking about it doesn't get you anywhere ... Leadville requires putting on the shoes NOW and putting in the miles NOW in a manner applicable to the ultimate task ... finishing the LT100 next August. You might be wondering if you are you qualified to begin the journey to the Leadville Finish Line? My take, if you have run at least a marathon in the 4 hour range or better recently (and could still walk the next day and be a pleasant person), then you can have a legitamate shot, but you must begin the build up of daily, weekly, monthly miles on terrain and at a pace that are applicable to the Leadville Trail 100 NOW (anybody can **start** Leadville ... you don't need me for that ... finishing is a different story). Can you wait? Sure, if you want to join the 50% +/- that DNF every year. I'll put it another way: the time to start is NOW ... Spring is too late ... by Spring you must have **FINISHED** a 100 miler ... yes, that's right ... **FINISHED** a 100 miler. Leadville is the WORST place (well, one of the worst) to run your first 100. Be a 100 mile runner before you toe the line at Leadville ... the earlier the better ... that ups your chance for success exponentially. Let's get moving and make things happen.
You CAN be a Leadville FINISHER in 2014 if you will do the work, master the skills, and gain the experience by training and racing progressively longer and faster and on tougher and tougher terrain. That takes time ... TRAINING TIME. For some it takes years to be ready to cross that LT100 Finish Line; others go from the marathon to 100 miles in one year; others will never do it no matter how long they try ... Leadville's not for everyone. But the real question is, do you want it bad enough? What do you bring to the table? Willing to put down 'Born to Run' and start putting in the miles this Fall and Winter? Well, then contact me and tell me about yourself. Know that I keep my roster small and I **only** coach 100 mile runners or those who aspire to the distance ... no 10 kms, no marathons, no Ironmans, no 'Mud Runs/Spartan Races' etc. Keeping my roster small is easy; frankly, there just aren't that many people who really want Leadville bad enough (more precisely, many 'want' Leadville, but very few 'want' to do the training Leadville demands). My job is to sort through the delusional and the 'wannabes' to find those 'diamonds in the rough' who may not be able to do Leadville now, but they will - after enough hard work - do it next August. You don't need to be wildly talented to finish Leadville - plenty of 'average' folks get it done every year ... but those 'average' people put **everything** they've got to the task and by doing so become extraordinary. If you're one of those few people that **really** want Leadville and already understand there is not any magic potion nor trick that I - nor anyone - can provide to make you a Leadville Finisher ... it's all about the training ... lots of training .... then, contact me. I love working with smart, dedicated, realistic, hard-working, just-won't-quit male and female athletes. It's all I do. It's all I want to do. Contact me by email and then let's talk. I promise not to fluff you up nor try to sell you coaching you don't need or aren't ready for. Not my style.
Got more experience? Well, good! I promise to help you to 'Better Your Best.' Some of the best of the best, to include runners who have done 16 hours for 100 miles and faster, have hired me for improvement with their fitness, training at altitude, motivation, accountability, race strategy, success at National Championship Events, hydration/fueling/electrolyte strategies and more. Whatever your level of experience or talent ... whatever your 100 mile ultramarathon goal ... I bet I can help you. Contact me by email and then let's talk.
If you want to learn a little more about my coaching philosophy please look through my site - especially 'Letters to the Coach' and my 'Coaching' pages. We can cover any additional questions when we talk.
For the past 25 years, I have prepared runners for success at ultramarathon events around the world. I specialize in assisting motivated, disciplined runners to "better their best" whether that means completing one's first ultramarathon or winning a national championship.
I have coached runners to finishes at: the Angeles Crest 100 Mile; the Hardrock 100 Mile; the Leadville 100 Mile; the Western States 100; the Wasatch Front 100 Mile; the Vermont 100 Mile; the Old Dominion 100 Mile; the Umstead 100 Mile; the Bighorn 100 Mile; the Bear 100 Mile; the Heartland 100 Mile; the Plain 100 Mile; the Mile High 100 Mile; the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile; the Lean Horse 100 Mile; the Mother Road 100 Mile; the Rocky Road 100 Mile; the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile; the Badwater 135 Mile and Solo 146 Mile; the Grand Slam, Leadman, and stage races to include the Marathon des Sables and the Himalayan 100 Mile ... and most recently the 2013 Indiana Trail 100.
I have coached Champions at: the Leadville 100 Mile; the Old Dominion 100 Mile; the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile; the Mile High 100 Mile; the Plain 100 Mile; the USA National 50 Mile Championship; USA National 100 KM Masters Championship; USA National 24 Hour Championship; Marathon des Sables Stage Race; and the Himalayan 100 Stage Race. In addition, I recruited, trained, outfitted and managed 2 USA National Championship Women's Club Teams at the 50 Mile and 100 KM distances.
My most recent National Champion - and hopefully not my last - was Jill Perry who took the 2009 USA Women's National 24 Hour Championship with a total of 136.3 miles. My preparation of Jill to go head-to-head with the nearly unbeatable Connie Gardner included a highly patterned hydration/fueling/electrolyte strategy as well as a unique racing strategy designed to break the competition. Jill's win that day put her 8th on the All-Time list of USA Women at the 24 Hour. That championship performance by Jill will surely rank among the most satisfying days of my coaching career.
I continue to provide full-service coaching and race support services to clients who seek to 'Better Their Best'. My coaching fees for the 2013-2014 season will remain at $275 per month.
Additionally, I provide private consultations by phone and in person to both novice and veterans on any aspect of ultrarunning or race preparation. Fees for a 90 minute consultation are $60.
My love of the sport continues and I thrive on sharing the knowledge gained over the past 25 years of ultramarathon coaching and running especially when it comes to the the 100 mile distance - especially the Leadville Trail 100 - and desert racing. I am available to travel to provide on-site training and racing support. For all the above opportunities, please contact me at coachweber "at" outlook.com and let me know your desires and qualifications.
The Coach at the summit marker atop Mount Whitney completing the classic Badwater 146 mile course.
"I can highly recommend the Scott Weber's personal ultra-marathon coaching. He has an in-depth understanding of ultra-marathon running. Scott's coaching philosophy includes a focus on physiological guidance as well as training advice. Scott's coaching and mentoring soon made him a life-long friend. He was instrumental during the peak years of my running career. Thanks Scott for your contribution to my success."
Charl Mattheus - 1997 Comrades Marathon Champion - 56 miles in 5 hours 28 minutes 37 seconds; Sunmart Texas 50 Mile Trail Record Holder with a time of 5 hours 20 minutes 25 seconds at the year 2000 event.
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”
-Edward Abbey in Desert Solitaire
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