Hold Fast Iron

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

Hold Fast Iron is dedicated to sharpening the lives of others.  

Hold Fast Friday 8/21/15


For Time:

100 Double Unders

10 Squat Snatch Men 185lb / Women 135lb

80 Double Unders

8 Squat Snatch

60 Double Unders

6 Squat Snatch

40 Double Unders

4 Squat Snatch

20 Double Unders

2 Squat Snatch

Scale as needed.


It is called the Leadville 100.  Every year in August there are two 100 mile races through some of the most grueling terrain Colorado has to offer, including the entire race taking place over 9,200 feet.  The first one, which started in 1983, is a 100 mile ultramarathon.  The second one, which started in 1994, is a mountain bike race.  These races were co-founded by Kenneth Chlouber, in response to the closure of the Climax Mine, in an effort to raise the economy of Leadville.  Athletes from around the world flock to this high mountain town to compete, to test themselves.

“You’re better than you think you are.  You can do more than you think you can.’ Ken Clouber

For most people the thought of traveling 100 miles at this altitude is an impossible feat.  For others, it becomes a survival effort.  Finishing the race is a great accomplishment, earning the coveted belt buckle.  An accomplishment to toss in the bucket list.  For the select few, the race is for first place, balancing a high speed training program, proper nutrition, and recovery program.  Training for a high altitude races include sleeping in altitude tents and training for the months leading up to the race in Leadville.  Matt Carpenter is the current ultramarathon record holder for Leadville with a finishing time of 15 hours and 42 minutes.  Ann Trason is the female record holder with a time of 18 hours and 6 minutes.  As for the mountain bikes racers, Alban Lakata finished with a time 5:58:35 this last weekend.  The women’s race also saw a new record in 2015, Annika Langvad finished in 6:59:24. 

“Dig deep into that inexhaustible well of grit, guts, and determination.” Ken Clouber


“Don't run with your legs, run with your heart.” Dean Karnazes



Skillet meals are always nice to make because they generally keep things contained to one pan. In this recipe she’s put together a nice mix of grass-fed ground beef, zucchini, and other supporting ingredients which turns out to be one of the best Paleo beef recipes we’ve discovered. The key is its simplicity, which allows you to enjoy the naturally flavor of the beef, while still getting your vegetables. Tomatoes are used as well, which help the body in many ways, most importantly with their lycopene content. Did you know that by cooking the tomatoes, you’re getting plenty more lycopene than from raw tomatoes?  http://paleogrubs.com/paleo-diet-recipes

For the complete recipe visit https://eating4balance.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/i-need-sustenance/