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Leadville Trail 100 Coaching
Days until the 2014 Leadville Trail 100. Make 'em count!


Want This in 2014?

Leadville Trail 100 Belt Buckle

Coach Weber can help!

Not years of Leadville experience, DECADES.


"I coached my first Leadville Trail 100 Finisher in 1989 and am still coaching Leadville Trail 100 Finishers in 2013.  Let me apply that experience to help you run your best race ever in 2014" 

- Coach Weber


"If you are thinking about running Leadville,  I recommend having Coach Weber's experience and understanding to support and guide you."

Marcus Chapman-Leadville Trail 100 Big Buckle Finisher

Marcus Chapman Conquers Leadville Trail 100

Marcus Chapman crosses the Leadville 100 Finish Line in 24:28!  His first trail 100 ever!

Marcus Chapman writes:

"I had decided to compete in the 1999 Leadville Trail 100.  I had never run a 100 mile so I decided to go out on the Internet to find all the necessary information I would need to put together a training plan that would prepare me for the event in August. I spent numerous hours combing various Net sites and reading a multitude of articles. What I realized very quickly was that I really had no idea how to train for the 100 mile distance and was not going to figure it out on my own. So I took a friend’s advice and started looking for coaches.

I was hesitant at first, you might even say skeptical. I had trained for numerous events, including an Ironman, on my own and the combination of youth and luck had always seemed to get me to the finish line in one piece. Besides, the last time I had someone "coaching" me was seven years ago when I played collegiate soccer and to be quite honest, I never really liked the guy. So after further research and with some reluctance and much skepticism I contacted Coach Weber.

All it took was one phone call talking with Coach Weber about his philosophy, methodology, and experience for me to sign-on. Coach Weber and I spoke for almost two hours and it seemed that in this conversation we had just barely scratched the surface of what this he knew about ultra running and even more importantly what his insights were on succeeding at Leadville. There was never a sales pitch, instead he focused on what it would mean to tackle Leadville. He simply said: "This is going to be the hardest thing you have ever done.  You must train hard and smart for a race like Leadville.    This is what I expect from my runners..."   When I hung up the phone, I immediately felt twice as confident that I would succeed at Leadville if I had Coach Weber in my corner.

What I found in the following months of training with Coach Weber was that his ability to adapt my training schedule to fit my specific needs made all the difference.  For instance, there was a time when a knee injury threatened my training and Coach Weber was able to keep me on the road and on-track for Leadville by training me in a creative fashion that allowed healing and continuation of aerobic and strength training. 

Coach Weber also understood that I was both a runner and a "normal" person with other commitments.  He knew that I wanted a life outside 'training'.  His commitment to me as an athlete and a "normal" person kept things balanced and on track.   An example is this: I got married in June 1999 and wanted time to enjoy my honeymoon. Coach Weber was able to structure my training to give me two weeks in late June to enjoy Europe with my wife and still be ready to toe the line at Leadville ready to run on August 21st.

In addition to helping me train properly, Coach Weber’s knowledge of how to actually run the ultra on race day proved invaluable. As a newcomer to the sport, I really had no idea what I needed to do. Coach Weber brought to the table a complete game plan for the race. Based on Coach Weber’s recommendations, I started training with the equipment, clothing, fluids and fuels that I would later find invaluable during the Leadville race. The result was that on race day I was able to go 100 miles without nutritional or equipment issues. I knew exactly how much and how often to eat and drink, what equipment to use and what I should think about with respect to pacing myself.

To make a long story short, I trained with Coach Weber from the beginning of March 1999 until the race in August 1999.  I was successful at Leadville, crossing the finish line at Sixth and Harrison in 24:28 with a sense of accomplishment that is simply beyond words." 

Marcus Chapman - Leadville Trail 100 Finisher


Tom Waterman of Iowa having just finished the 2009 Leadville 100 Run
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"Scott Weber's coaching got me to the 2009 LT100 finish line in eight months, on my first attempt.  I'm a full time trial lawyer and married father of four school-age daughters living in Iowa, with little spare time for training and no prior ultra-running experience.  Yet after a PR in my sixth Ironman triathlon, I was looking for a new challenge for my 50th birthday.  I had not had a formal coaching relationship since college, but knew as a four-hour marathoner I needed trustworthy expert assistance to make every day count and have a shot at a silver buckle in less than a year.  Other coaches charge less; I opted for Scott's decades of experience coaching Leadville participants.  It proved to be money well spent.

Scott impressed me from the beginning with his professionalism.  We first determined whether my goal was realistic—to finish the Leadville 100 mile trail run in August with my ultra-running training regime to begin in January of the same year.  I had never run a yard more than 26.2 miles before, and my monthly running mileage as a triathlete fell well short of the weekly averages needed for the LT100.  I had little margin for error.  Scott was able to gradually increase my mileage while adjusting for injuries.  He set goals that were difficult but attainable as we reached a series of milestones:  my first 50K training run; my first 30/20 mile training weekend; my first 50 mile ultra race in April; my first 24-hour run in May; my first month running over 250 miles in July; and finally, my first 100-mile run August 22-23—when I earned my silver buckle with a 28:31:35. 

Throughout this journey, Scott was responsive by email and generous with his time by teleconference.  Importantly, he worked collaboratively with my scheduling challenges to accommodate work, family vacations, and less-than-optimally timed local ultra events.  And the knowledge he imparted on fueling, attire, pacing and gear came together beautifully.  I heartily endorse Scott Weber as an online ultra-coach."

Tom Waterman, Iowa - Leadville Trail 100 Finisher


Flatlander Steve O'Connor & Coach Weber at the 2010 LT100 Finish Line

Here's what 2010 LT100 Finisher Dr. Steven O'Connor had to say:

August 28, 2010

I contacted Coach Weber in late December 2009, to apply for his services to prepare me for the Leadville Trail 100 race in August 2010.  Although I was reasonably fit, I was 50 years old and a “flatlander,” not a great combination---it was clear that he would have his work cut out for him!  Despite the difficulties, Coach Weber went right to work arranging a training plan that would give me a fighting chance of finishing the LT100.

Coach Weber is very involved with his clients.  He is easily accessible to discuss training issues and is a vault of knowledge and experience regarding ultras.  His training concepts are practical and scientifically based.  He has developed his training plans over years and has fine-tuned the nutrition, hydration, and electrolyte replacement aspects of his program.  It is a program of success!

If you are looking for a cheerleader to say, “oh, you look tired, why don’t you rest,” then you are looking in the wrong place.  He has a great saying, “Leadville doesn’t care!”  I can tell you that that is an understatement!  If you want a Leadville finish, then you had better realize that you are in for the toughest 25-30 hours of your life, and you need a coach who knows what he is doing and has a successful track record of finishers.  He will be tough, sometimes painfully so, yet he will do his best to adjust the training to maximize your results.  Leadville requires an unbelievable commitment to training, luck, and precise preparation.  I had over 20 years of athletic experience and successes, but I could not have even imagined trying a Leadville attempt without a first-tier coach.  If you doubt me, look at the percentages of “first time starters versus first time successful finishers” and calculate your odds!  Coach Weber takes his clients seriously enough to have been at the race.  At the race he was there to give encouragement, stark reality checks, and motivation.  The best part was at mile “99” when he said, “you’re going to make it, take your time and enjoy it to the finish!”

A coach cannot run the race for you, so you have to take care of that responsibility on your own, but you will need a coach like Scott Weber to even be in the game.  I am sure that I would not have left Twin Lakes on the outbound without his expertise.  So, although the “buckle” may sit on my mantel, it has to be shared with Coach Weber!  

Thank you again, Coach!

Respectfully,

Stephen L. O’Connor, MD  - Leadville Trail 100 Finisher

 


Here's what 2011 LT100 Finisher Scott Loughney had to say:


 

Scott Loughney at the Leadville Trail 100 Start Line


September 7, 2011

In late June 2010, I interviewed several top ultra running coaches following a 9 month break after qualifying and competing at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. After being away from my running shoes for nine months, I selected Coach Scott Weber because of his passion for ultra running and great mix between experience as a coach and ultra runner.

It took Scott no time to understand who I was and how to prepare me to become an ultra runner. Without a running base in the first six months, Scott crafted a plan that led to a top 10 finish in my first 50 miler and a top 25 finish at the Rocky Raccoon 100. During the next 6 months, Scott’s very personalized approach built on my strengths and we worked on areas for improvement which resulted in my first 50 mile win, top 20 finish at the Bighorn 100 and a Leadville Trail 100 finish.

At the Leadville Trail 100, Scott worked tirelessly as my coach, crew member and paced me over the “power line” in the late and challenging stages of the race. My favorite part of our time together over the power line was when Scott hand crafted walking sticks from the trees to keep me moving forward. Damn that was funny! Now, that is a coach that goes the extra mile for his athletes.

Scott helped me with everything from tailoring training and selecting races to nutrition and racing gear. The most effective component of Scott’s coaching was building a training and race schedule to fine tune skills and create a balance with the rest of my life.

Scott is the best running coach I have ever had and best money I have ever spent on my endurance sports hands down.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insight in making my 1st year as an ultrarunner a fun and amazing experience. Looking forward to a great 2nd year!

Cheers,

Scott Loughney -  Leadville Trail 100 Finisher

Scott Loughney at the Leadville Trail 100 Finish Line


Here's what 2012 LT100 Finisher Greg Harfst had to say:

Greg and his pacer coming in strong to the 2012 Leadville 100 Finish Line

August 26, 2012

I have now finished the Leadville 100 under the 30 hour cutoff for two consecutive years.  Neither finish would have happened without Coach Weber's guidance.  

  If you're contemplating running the Leadville 100, then you are probably fairly confident and tough.  That's not enough.  The race is far harder than you think it is.  Even if you have attempted the race, you don't understand its true difficulty until you crawl across the finish line.  It takes a lot of toughness, preparation, and strategy to finish the race.

  Also, there are a myriad approaches to finishing the race.  When you talk to other runners, you get bombarded with a kaleidoscope of tactics.  It's more confounding when you ask said runner the ultimate question: "well, did you finish?"  Often the answer is "no".  The race is hard.

  Coach Weber knows all about the race, but he's also very practical and humble.  Follow his advice.  Execute his training.  Practice his nutrition plan.  Finish the race.

Respectfully,

Greg Harfst - Leadville 100 Finisher

 

Leadville Finisher Greg Harfst, Karen - His Pacer (for 50 miles!), and Coach Weber at the 2012 Leadville Finish Line


Here's what 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Finisher James Willis had to say:

James' Gal - James Willis - Coach Weber

A Leadville belt buckle winner!  What a journey to earn such a prestigious honor.  Earning a Leadville Belt Buckle was a thought that I only lived through books and others people’s stories until I met Coach Weber.  Before I began working with Coach, I completed one Ultra race (distance of 50 miles) and I had not gone under the 4 hour mark in 2 marathon attempts.  I was new to the running scene and excited about the opportunity to work with such an established and respected coach.  Throughout the 12 months I worked with Scott, I was able to break all PR’s at my current distances (5k-50 miles) and establish new mileage records.  He taught me many invaluable lessons on my way to Leadville. Most importantly, he provided me with a “dummy” proof blueprint to successfully create my own Leadville 100 story.  His plan gave me the confidence and knowledge to complete my first Leadville 100 in 25 hours and 4 minutes.  If it wasn’t for the fact that I accidentally added an additional 1.2 miles in the last few miles, Coach had me prepared to earn the “BIG ONE” on my first attempt.  It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the next adventure that coach can guide me through.  I have and do recommend Coach Scott Weber for anyone who would not only like to earn a Leadville 100 belt buckle, but for anyone who wants to push themselves further than they thought possible.  Lastly, for those looking for some words of wisdom from my experience, I would offer these up to you:

1 – Follow the running schedule even when you absolutely do not want to.  The summer training months leading up to Leadville are brutal but they will pay off.  We all have excuses (family/friends/job/etc.), only a few of us will obtain a Leadville 100 belt buckle.

2 – Follow the hydration, calorie, and salt stick plan coach provides.  It works.  When others are zombies and are bonking, you can still run (or walk faster than the zombies)…it’s pretty motivating. 

3 – Have fun!  The journey WILL change your life.  Coach means that when he says it. 

Sincerely,

James C. Willis - 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Finisher


Here's what 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Finisher Dr. Lindsay Crawford had to say:

Lindsay Crawford and His Gal at the 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Finish Line

 

I attempted Leadville for a second time in 2013  and started working with Scott about a year preceding the second attempt after my first DNF ever. I had been doing well in 2012 before my first Leadville attempt on races of shorter distance and assumed that Leadville would be a natural transition to the next running goal. On my first  attempt, I found myself woefully unprepared on many fronts and really had no clue at the time that this was a possibility. I was educated starting about mile 15 when GI issues from poor fueling and hydration kicked in. The misery from inadequate conditioning continued until I thought that I would not make it over the back side of Hope Pass inbound to twin lakes. I finally did but it was not pretty and missed the cutoff (thankfully at the time as I was beaten down) at Twin Lakes.


 The following year I vowed to do things differently and asked for the assistance of Coach Weber. We worked 10 or so months together and it was great! He gives detailed information in regards to fueling, hydration and an easy to follow training plan. As the race approaches the hours are long and difficult, but if you do the work it will pay off. I was working towards race day steadily and suffered a major set back 6 weeks out with a broken foot. I assumed it would be game over but with the clearance from my doctor, Coach Weber and I continued to work steadily through (this injury) with a modified cross training plan. He was supportive with advice at all points along the way.  I walked to the starting line having run less than 15 miles in the preceding 6 wks before the race. Thanks to Scott, my foundation was solid with cross training throughout the race and I finished w a buckle and feeling great! I would encourage anyone serious about and dedicated to finishing Leadville to use Coach Weber along the way. His experience is invaluable and he is no doubt the best coach I have had.


Here's what 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Finisher Ray Libertore had to say:

Ray's Mom - Ray Libertore - & Coach Weber at the Leadville Trail 100 Finish Line - 25:56

"Ken (Chlouber, Leadville 100 founder) had never run a marathon himself, but if some California hippie (Gordy Ainsleigh, Western States 100 founder) could go one hundred miles, how hard could it be? Besides, a normal race wouldn't cut it; if (the town of) Leadville was going to survive, it needed an event with serious holy-shit power, something to set it apart from all the identical, ho-hum, done-one-done-'em-all 26.2 milers out there. So instead of a marathon, Ken created a monster. To get a sense of what he came up with, try running the Boston Marathon two times in a row with a sock stuffed in your mouth and then hike to the top of Pikes Peak. Done? Great. Now do it all again, this time with your eyes closed. That's pretty much what the Leadville Trail 100 boils down to."

--Born to Run

 

“The Race Across the Sky” - The Leadville 100!  It was finally here after 12 months of training and anticipation.  During that time I had covered over 2,500 miles in about 425 hours to prepare my legs. The gun went off at 4:00 am on Saturday, August 17th in Leadville, CO with nearly 1000 runners all with the same hopes of receiving a silver or gold belt buckle (sub 30; sub 25 hrs).  As it turns out only 52% of the runners would finish.  The goal for me and my friend James was just to complete the race under the 30 hour mark since roughly 20% of first timers finish.  The course was a solid mix of paved roads, dirt roads and single track trails.  We would climb 16,000 ft. in the out and back style course before it was all said and done.  After a few miles into the race one could see a seemingly endless line of headlamps bouncing along in the woods.  As we glanced down at our watches we noticed the line of runners in front of us had slowed significantly from our targeted pace for the first 13.5 miles (to the May Queen aid station).  In order to make up ground on single track trail in the dark involves somewhat dangerous maneuvers, hopping along rocks/roots near the edge of the trail in order to get by other runners.  We had passed about 25 or so by the time we arrived to May Queen.  To our surprise our watches read only 12.5 miles and our coach (Scott Weber) reminded us to slow down as our intended arrival time was about 10 minutes quicker than anticipated.  Little did we know that this occurrence would actually become the trend of the day.  In fact, we would arrive ten minutes earlier than our crew at the Twin Lakes aid station (mile 39.5). 

 

The toughest part of the race for me (as well as for most) was the climb up Hope Pass.  You begin the five mile ascent at 9,200 ft. and top out at 12,600 ft. (the lowest and highest points of the course). For all but the elite this is a grueling hike.  Many runners use trekking poles in this section in attempt to save their quadriceps for the final 55 miles of the race.  Every 1000 feet you climb, you lose about 3% of the available oxygen. At 12,000 feet, every breath you take brings in only 2/3 the amount of oxygen that you would take in at sea level (aka Dallas, TX).  After a controlled run down the backside of Hope we arrived at mile 50 (Winfield) to meet Ricky who was James’ first pacer. James and I arrived in 11 hours and 30 minutes, which was our quickest time for 50 miles over mountain terrain.  Ricky’s job was to get us back up and over Hope Pass to Twin Lakes inbound (mile 60.5).  During this section we would pass a man wearing a pink tutu and about ten llamas… Neither of which were illusions.  At an altitude of 9,000 to 12,000 feet, UV radiation is 35 to 50 percent more intense than at sea level.  So the 73 degrees felt more like upper 80’s and I didn’t hesitate to splash some water on my face from the cool mountain streams.  I thoroughly enjoyed running the less technical downhill of the front side of Hope Pass after we reached the summit for the second time. 

 

I was elated to see my crew and pick up my pacer Charles at one of my best moments of the race.  My energy and attitude was at a high.  The good majority of runners who exited the Twin Lakes aid station for the inbound trek would go on to finish the race.  Even with this in mind, the sun would soon set and we still had two brutal climbs in the remaining 39.5 miles.  Also, at this point in the race it begins to be tough to stomach the two 100-calorie gels and 20 ounces of liquid per hour.  Charles, who was no stranger to the ultra-running world had completed a 126.2 mile race last year in Louisiana.  He wore a camelback to hold cold weather gear, some snacks and was willing to carry my two handheld water bottles. 

 

The temperature would soon drop to 40 degrees as we arrived at the Outward Bound aid station (mile 76.5).  Powerline, the last significant climb stood ahead of us.  We had heard that this pass had claimed many souls over the 31 year course history.  The climb included at least five false summits, but we were still moving really well compared to many of our fellow runners.  I believe we passed about 20 or so on our journey to the top.  James and his pacer Jake realized they had a sub 25 hour finish in scope so they took off on the remaining 5 miles to the final aid station.  I was very thankful to spot my mom at May Queen.  She had been at every aid station as my main crew member throughout the past 22 hours and had gotten less than an hour of sleep.  The next 6 miles of single track trail, which were filled with rocks and roots seemed endless.  Charles and I agreed to a slower pace as not to risk rolling an ankle this late into the race.  We followed a runner for few miles who was noticeably shivering so we gave her hat, gloves, and two garbage bags for extra layers.  After the race we would find out that she was sliding in and out of consciousness because of the cold, but finished nonetheless!  Over the final 5 miles we we’re on more runnable terrain and realized that we could still finish under 26 hours.  The time ultimately meant nothing but at the very least served as a motivation to get to the finish line a bit quicker.  For brief moments I would run faster than I had all day and final miles were clicking away (for one tenth of a mile I managed a 6:40 mile pace).  The dream was quickly becoming a reality.  Soon, we turned a corner and I could hear yelling and screaming off in the distance.

 

We reached the top of top of the final hill and there it was… the finish line!  Per my coach’s recommendation I walked in the last twenty meters of red carpet which led to the finish.  It was a moment filled with emotion that I still can’t begin to describe.  The total elapsed time was 25 hours and 56 minutes.  I gave a big hug to my mom with tears in my eyes.  I took a few pictures with her, Charles and Coach Weber.  I found out that James had just barely missed the 25 hour belt buckle due to poor course markings but even so was thrilled to reach the finish.

 

I would love to say that it was pure guts and determination that brought me to the finish line but it was simply following the instructions of my coach throughout training and relying on past race experiences to bring me through.  "You are better than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can." – Leadville 100 Motto

 

Ray Libertore - 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Finisher


More of my Leadville Trail 100 'Class of 2013'

 

 

2013 Leadman Finisher and Leadville Trail 100 Big Buckle Winner - in 24:31

 Scott Loughney & Coach Weber

 

 

2013 Leadville Trail 100 Finisher Jerry Deaven & Coach Weber

 


Now ... how about you?  Is 2014 YOUR year?


Will 2014 be your first Leadville Trail 100 start?

Want to go home with a Leadville Buckle THE FIRST TIME?  Willing to train hard for it?  Willing to learn how to hydrate, fuel, and run smart?  Coach Weber can prepare you.


Or...was your last try at Leadville a DNF? You're tired of getting your ass kicked at Leadville and going home empty handed wondering 'what the heck happened'???  

Worried that Leadville 2014 might be just another highly expensive no-finish ass whooping? (yep...those Leadville Trail 100 shirts with the '100' crossed out and replaced with a '50', or '62', or whatever are funny...but, they aren't what you came for).

Why not let Coach Weber help you adjust your 2014 preparation so that THIS TIME you finish your Leadville 100 weekend with a walk up to the front of the gym to receive your Leadville 100 Buckle and Sweatshirt.


Or...you are an experienced 100 mile runner and you are ready to set a personal best at Leadville 2014?  

Make it happen in 2014! Coach Weber can assist you to make sure your preparation is on-target, effective and designed for success.  Make sure the many hours of training you will do result in the best performance possible on race day.


Or...are you aiming to be among the top runners either overall or age group at the Leadville Trail 100 in 2014?  

Coach Weber has coached winners of the Leadville 100, Old Dominion 100, Rocky Raccoon 100, Marathon de Sables, Umstead 100, the Mile High 100, the Plain 100, the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race as well as members of the U.S.A. National 100 K team, World-Ranked 24-Hour runners, holders of course records from coast to coast and more. If you have the talent and the desire to be among the elite racers going for the Leadville 'Ore Cart' Champion's Trophy in 2013, then contact Coach Weber to discuss the coaching possibilities.


If you are interested in making your 2014 season your best ever, then email me.  I will send you an athlete's questionnaire and provide a free consultation.  Based on that free consultation, we might decide to work together as coach and athlete.  Only premium, individualized programs are offered;  no 'canned programs' ; no 'assistant coaches'.  

World Class coaching and attention will be provided to you whether your dream race is sub-30, sub-25 or sub-20.  I keep my roster small so I can deal with each athlete individually.  I will use my 25 years of experience at the Leadville Trail 100 to give you your best shot at running your perfect race.

Rates for new clients signing up for Leadville 2014 coaching will be $275 per month.

Coach Weber

coachweber "at" outlook.com


2014 will be Coach Weber's 27th season of coaching ultra runners

"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.

"Coach Weber's expertise and knowledge of ultramarathoning played an instrumental role in my success at the Leadville Trail 100.   He has helped me achieve my goals and set new ones.  I recommend his coaching to anyone who seeks to excel in running."  LT 100 Finisher.

"My three hour improvement at the Leadville Trail 100 was a testament to better training, better mental attitude, better nutrition, better fluid management; all of these are directly attributable to Coach Weber's suggestions, demands, and insight.  It's clear I had the native ability, I just needed help with all the details.  For me, Coach Weber was the answer".  LT 100 Finisher

"My best running coach ever."  LT 100 Finisher

"I truly could not have done it without you.  It wouldn't have even been close."  LT 100 Finisher



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