The last six weeks have gone really well. Though I've wanted to blog a bunch and I have numerous postings written in my head, the untold story of being a race director (especially of multiple events now) is that you just generally spend a lot of time working on your computer. Given that I've never held a desk job or anything remotely close to a job that forced me to sit down for any extended period of time, it's been quite the adjustment. I have found that spending so many additional hours working online has effectively quelled my blogging and other 'online for pleasure' ways...ummm, that can be read many, many different ways...being online now for five, six or seven hours a day is effectively three, four, or five hours longer than I'm used to. The motivation to then sit in front of a screen afterwards is lacking to say the least.
March was a great month of training. With a late push of 123 miles in the final week I ended up with a 402 mile month.
I raced the Chuckanut
50k to a 10 minute PR in the middle of this. Though I was pretty happy with my 4h02m run time, as I was shooting for sub 4hr, I just didn't have my climbing legs with me on the day. My leg turnover held up throughout the race on the faster stuff, my descents were solid as always, but my climbing legs evaporated within the first mile of the first climb and I just had to slog it out and stick with it. I found myself with a pack of runners with about ten miles to go and in the end I finished 14-15 minutes ahead of this group, as the climbing was effectively behind us. It was rewarding to have felt terrible very early on and yet to have stuck with things and plodded through to a respectable result. A result that I can actually celebrate, especially when DNF thoughts nearly overwhelmed me from miles 7-15. I wasn't having my absolute best day but to fight it out and still be satisfied with my overall result made it very rewarding.
Last weekend, the week following my 123 mile effort, I managed to shave five full minutes off of my Diez Vista 50k
course record from 2010. A race report is imminent...I hope.
From my last blog posting up to here, in pictures;
How much is that doggy in the fence?
Another day atop Dam Mountain. A favorite local route
The Green Room
A weekly endeavor, Dam Mountain ascent
Sometimes in a slightly different light,
you end up seeing things in a completely different way
A section of my new race The Cap Crusher 8k/13k
Ben Gibbard at WWU
Awaiting our annual training terrain melt out
The logo for our new race held on 03-23
Running on Chuckanut with Linda
A three bridge training run
Linda on the more technical bits of Chuckanut
BCMC a weekly route for me
As much as running in the rain can be challenging,
it also leads to some of the most beautiful runs
Colinoba birthday scavenger hunt in Seattle
Cougar Mountain outside Seattle
Logo for our next Coast Mountain Trail Series Race,
Buckin' Hell on May 18th
Happy Pi Day!
My Chuckanut PR
Happy Saint Paddy's Day from the Diez Vista trail
Another Dam ascent
Starting line of Cap Crusher
Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind,
ie Dam Mountain
Cleveland Dam with The Lions in the distance
A surprise gift, the new glow in the dark Canadian quarters!
Hiding on a trail in Squamish
The Dream Wizards are responsible for all that is great in
the Squamish trail networks
View from Survival Of The Fittest course in Squamish
A 50k PR on a training run
Dam Mountain with Adam Campbell
A city turned upside down in the ocean
Roxy testing her new gear
Linda with sunshine coming out of her bum
Logo for Coast Mountain Trail Series race,
Survival Of The Fittest 13k/18k
View of Garibaldi from Stump Lake in Squamish
Congrats from Salomon West Van on DV CR
A new course record
Coming up quick!!
A trot in Stanley Park
Where the sun eventually broke through
How to get noticed at Whole Foods
A walk in the city after an all you can eat sushi
night entertaining friends from out of townWe fly out for Japan and UTMF
in just four days time!!