Monday, January 25, 2010

Pounding Pavement

Well its been a couple weeks since my last post and I can honestly say I have run more miles on the pavement this year (25 days worth) than all of last year combined! Man, I hate the road. I have been getting in the hills as much as possible but snow and time restraints have forced me to the road. With my iPod in tow, I have been able to pound out some solid miles all the while thinking about the paved sections at Squaw Peak I love so much (insert sarcasm). In a few weeks my family and I will be heading to Moab for the Red Hot. I signed up for the 33k and have been flirting with the idea of the 50k but can't decide if I am ready for it. I do know I am ready to get out of town for a vacation with the family. I hope to see some familiar faces in Moab as well as some damn dirt!
So the question is 50k or 33k...hmmmmm

Monday, January 11, 2010

Solid week and a view on the Wasatch

Had a great week of running. Mixed in road and trail and finished with 22 miles up Farmington Canyon (4500' of climbing) to the towers and took a few shots on the Wasatch 100 course.
The week felt pretty good with little to no issues. Saturday I decided to hit an icy spot on the trail and land on the big right cheek. Bruised the ego but that was that.
Sunday I had a tough run. Got a few pictures to show. The header on my blog is from the towers in Farmington. Truly beautiful! I just saw a report that the air quality in Northern Utah is the worst in the nation. DAMN! We are finally first at something and it is bad air quality.
Well, here is a picture to prove it.

For the week I got in 50 miles on the button which is a good week for a guy like me. Hoping to build on it a bit. This week I will be doing some speed work. and speed have never been close friends.One thing I did to end the week is find dirt. It is January in the Wasatch mtns at 9500'. Sure felt nice to see some dry dirt.

And one last photo- here is the Maintenance shed aide station local on the Wasatch 100 course. Looks different than the last time I was there.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 is under way

So last year was basically a wash. Learned a few things and it also looks like my Achilles is finally ready. I am getting some solid training in and I have registered for some great races. I may have figured out a great balance between family, work and running too. Being the Director for the Pearl Izumi-Smith Endurance Team really takes up a lot more time than anticipated but I have got to meet some amazing people and great athletes. SO let's just say 2010 is rolling and rolling fast!
So what does 2010 hold? Good question. I can plan the best I possible can but we all know that is never how it works out. For example, I just found out my chocolate lab (Trout) needs knee surgery- that's $1500 right off the top, plus the 4 new tires ($600)- oh and the bill I just got from the hospital for my daughter who was sick ($2300). So a few days into the New Year and I am $4400 light in the wallet ...errrr back account.
How do you plan for that? Well you don't. So now I am just trying to accept the good fortune and re-arrange my race and travel schedule.
So here is the plan for 2010- Feb- Moab Red Hot 50k, March -Buffalo Run 50 mile, April- Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim (i hope), May is free, June- Squaw Peak 50, Logan Peak Trail run, July- put in for Hardrock (i hope i don't get in this year), possible SpeedGoat 50k, August- El Vaquero Loco, Sept- Grand Teton Race and The Bear 100, Oct- Mtn View race on the Island and that should do it. There are a few more I would "like" to do though. i.e. Timp Trail Marathon (May), Big Horn (June) and Trans Rockies but that is out of my price range.
I feel pretty good about the year and my main goal is to stay healthy, get fit(ter) and enjoy my time on the trails. I really missed it last year.
So there are my plans- oh wait, I am in the process of putting together a local trail series here in Northern Utah (keeping my fingers crossed for USFS approval).
2010 will be a busy year but after missing 80% of 2009, I welcome it.
I hope everyone has a great 2010, stays healthy but most of all- enjoys their time doing whatever it is you do. Here is a great quote I heard not too long ago.
"Keep doing what you're doing until you can't do it anymore."