If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading -Lao Tzu
The new year has brought some big news, and one of the best lessons I've learned from running ultras is that things can change in a hurry so you'd better be able to adapt. Sometimes that means making better use of time and resources. Sometimes that means making compromises and taking care of the important things first.
Our little family will soon be a little bigger. This is exciting news for Tawny and I, but it also means that we are going to have to work hard and stay focused if we want to keep working toward our goals. We are both working, going to school, and doing our best to raise an almost-tween. Managing all of that and still finding time to run is going to take everything I've got. Bring it on!
I've had to rearrange my racing schedule a bit this year because of Tawny's expected due date, but that that by no means leaves me short on adventure. The biggest change I made was the decision to not run the Tahoe 200 in September. I was super excited about this race from the time I heard about it, but it will have to wait. Too close to more important things. To her credit, Tawny did encourage me to sign up for it anyways. Best. Wife. Ever.
I still have a monster schedule building and might add on a thing or two as time permits. So far my year looks something like this:
March: Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50(?) mile. I'm just getting over an injury and this will mostly just be a systems check. Maybe.
May: Massanutten 100? This race has the most fair and transparent lottery system of any race out there. I just happened to draw about the worst possible number. I'd love to run this one again and see if I can't get through it without taking a nap but I'll have to see how the wait-list shakes out in February.
June: Bighorn 100. I will be taking my Rusty Spur Club award with me so they can stamp it with another sub-24. The gauntlet has been thrown!
July: Ronda del Cims. This beast of a 100 mile race in Andorra has over 13,000 meters (42,000 feet!) of elevation gain and a 60 hour cutoff. Mierda!
August: Standhope 60k near Ketchum, Idaho. This small yet tough and technical race looks like the perfect way to cap off the season. If I finish all the 100 milers I have lined up I will probably be lacking the speed to be too competitive here but one never knows.
Looks like it's time to get busy...