|What I've been up to|
2014 marked ten years of ultrarunning. The 2014 Capon Valley 50K was my first foray in to the sport that I have grown to love. As an "anniversary" of sorts, I returned 10-years later. Over the past year I also ran Catawba Run Around, Haulin' in the Holler 50K, and the Iron Mountain 50M. One of the most satisfying adventures was a three-day self-supported fastpack with my friend Dan Lehmann.
None of the runs/races were huge "A" efforts and my fitness level was never where I have been in the past. I had fun, but finding the time to train 80+ miles/week has been too difficult to balance with work and family life.
The goal race for fall was the Pinhoti 100 in Alabama and I stealthily got my self in very fine shape -- the best I've been in about 3-years. After a really solid 12-weeks of training, I was ready to roll and start tapering about 3-weeks out. While returning from the Trilogy on Sunday night I unfortunately decided to sneak in a run at dusk. While descending the Spring Ridge Trail, I bit the dust harder than I ever have and ended up breaking a couple of ribs. I was lucky to escape with only that. End of season. Bummer.
Six weeks later, I still have lingering pain in my ribs but they are nearly 90% healed. My eyes are firmly fixed on adventures ahead. I am once again in the Western States lottery and have a solid supply of tantalizing races in the likelihood of not getting my name drawn.
Blogger . . . I'm back.
|Fastpack (Otter Creek Wilderness to Spruce Knob)|