It is official; I will be running the 2011 Hardrock 100. There is an absolutely loaded field racing this year and I look forward to being pushed, pulled, and challenged at high altitudes with some of the best in the sport. Hardrock will of course be the hardest race I have yet to compete in. Getting truly excited thinking about it. I will also be racing in the North Face 100 Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji in Japan in May. With these two 100 milers as the cornerstone of my season, the rest of the schedule is almost in place.
Training for the week of 1/31/11 – 2/6/11 was pretty solid. I topped out with my 2 longer runs at 16 miles of steady running. While picking up another snowy Signal Peak summit I noticed my strength has increased drastically since January 1. There is no doubt my fitness is growing with the miles, the strength training, and the ski racing. I managed to jump into the Alley Loop 42km Ski Marathon on my home course in Crested Butte this weekend and had a strong day. We had a long train skiing together for much of the race trying to catch the un-catchable Brian Smith of Gunnison and I forgot how much I love the feeling of being completely maxed out and still trying to put death moves on the other racers while attempting to respond to theirs’. The teams that I work with definitely posted stellar results in the various distances from the 1.5km to the 42km. Tremendous.