Hello world. This coming weekend, Annie and I will be heading over to Salt Lake City for the Antelope Island 50 mile. This is a new event for me and one that I am truly excited to compete in as I am trying to bust out of my shell a bit and run events that I have never raced before. So, 50 miles on March 26th it is, with the question being: “Am I ready for a competitive 50 mile race?” The answer? I am prepared to perform well and I am looking forward to racing earlier this year than I did in 2010. I do feel that my general fitness is higher than in previous years and that is translating nicely into my running training as I begin to ramp up the mileage and specificity of my training.
|A picture from Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake.|
|We visited the Salt Lake with my parents in 2008. My ma and pa here.|
|Beach-front property with a view. Should be an awesome race venue.|
The winter has been fantastic and busy with many weeks and weekends of travel with both the junior ski team and college ski team that I work with. The Nordic race season was tremendous and many kids skied at their all-time best throughout the season and at the Junior National Championships in Minneapolis. I have posted a brief recap of the Crested Butte Nordic Team’s Junior National experience here. While we were in Minneapolis at Junior Nationals, the Western State College Nordic Ski Team was competing at the USCSA National Championships in Sun Valley, ID. The WSC program performed awesome and more detail of their success can be found here. Throughout the winter I was able to maintain a higher level of fitness than in any previous Nordic ski season that I have coached. I did make a concerted effort to keep running and nutrition a high priority throughout the winter and it has paid off. The body and mind feel good as I am now ramping my mileage up to the low triple digits again. One big mistake that I made in the past was to lose a significant amount of fitness in the winter and then play catch-up in the spring. Often this game of ‘catch-up’ was not balanced enough and left me a bit fried come June. Hopefully this is not the case in 2011. One other change for this running season compared to 2010 is an increase in the number of races, particularly early in the spring. In 2010, I did not race until the Spring Desert Ultra in the middle of April and I was beaten soundly. This season I raced a month ago at the Moab Red Hot 55km, and will race this weekend, making the Spring Desert Ultra 50 mile in Fruita in the middle of April my third race of the season. The building block concept is in place. Despite my periodic resistance and reluctance to change, I do enjoy making these minor changes from season to season as it is a learning process which is a big draw to this sport for me. Here’s to a great weekend of racing and spring of training.
Live well. Race well. Train well. DC