Wow… its been two months!! Definitely lame that I have not been keeping up with my blog… but man! it has been a busy time with the xc ski team I work with. (http://cbjuniornordicteam.blogspot.com/). We have begun a great season with tons of skiing in some of the most amazing places in the Western US. (Crested Butte, CO, Grand Mesa, CO, West Yellowstone, MT, Durango, CO). We are super fortunate to have good skiing on good snow; and we have had that since early November. We have also hosted over 200 junior skiers here in Crested Butte for two gigantic regional level races. (December 19, 20). Other than that Annie and I were lucky enough to head down to Cedaredge to visit her family during the Christmas weekend. We have been busy; and then immediately after Christmas I took a much needed break from any significant computing or phoning; and now I am back in the saddle.
(Anthracite Range; NW of Gunnison). Amazing and stunning.
As far as running and training has been going. Well; this autumn saw me taking some much needed down time from high volume running and a major break from structured training. I can’t say it felt great (I mean; my body at times did not know what to do with itself). I was not lifting weights all fall (September – December). I was only running approximately 30 miles per week. Some weeks were up around 50 – 60; but not many. I had some decent physical activity with mountain biking and cross country skiing; but nothing that I considered ‘training.’ It was all healthy activity. I gained approximately 10 lbs., which is not ideal; but I gotta say; I feel good when I weigh a little more. I had two ‘false starts’ with my training (one in November and one in December) where I felt that it was time to start training again; started, and then realized I was not ready for the mental side of training again. So; I waited.
(Allen Lane, North of Gunnison). Winter Running is Awesome
That brings us to January 1, 2010 and a good start to the New Year. Tim Parr and I enjoyed a 4:30 am start to the New Year with a fairly solid 2 hour run. That has launched both of us back into the training groove. I have made a commitment to solid, healthy, balanced, and consistent winter and spring of training. I am now in the groove with some good and consistent mileage and once again I have returned to the weight-room which has helped to spike my metabolism; which has also bolstered my energy. I love this stuff.
This training has begun with the goal of racing solidly and posting top results in 6 races this spring and summer. I will be debuting my season with the Spring Desert Ultra 50 miler in Fruita, CO in April. This will be a good early season test against a strong field of runners… and it is also one of my favorite places to run. Then, in May, it is on to the home race Sageburner 50km in Gunnison, CO. June sees my first 100 miler of the season happen: The Big Horn 100! I am ridiculously excited to compete in this beautiful race. July sees me training in Leadville and competing in the Leadville Silver Rush 50 miler. After this it is on to August and the Leadville 100. Once again, Leadville will be my most targeted event of the season. I am jazzed to be going back to one of my favorite places; I love Leadville. Two weeks after Leadville; I will head to the Grand Teton 100 miler in Targhee, WY. Crazy I know; but I am really targeting a solid race there as well. After that there are several ideas in the works for the fall; but nothing that I am committing to as of yet.
(Tired on a long Run: Allen Lane)
Annie and I are really looking forward to seeing and meeting more folks this season. This is one of the most enjoyable aspects of running ultras; the people. I am super excited to be running for Vasque footwear again; solid company; solid people; fantastic shoes. I am also committing to once again consistently post updates and articles on this blog; so please check it out on a periodic basis. Also; don’t hesitate to drop me a line or a comment; I love to communicate with those who check in on this blog.Thanks all for the support. Here’s to a wonderful 2010! Live well. Train well. DC