If the miles behind me could be put into words before you, you would feel my efforts, my struggles, my desires. Most of all you would see my joy. Watch me from afar run the trails and hills and miles upon miles and you will see ...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Race Season, '09 edition

So after much thought I figured I'd sign up for the Chuckanut 50km again. Hopefully my foot will be feeling better and I actually get some miles in before the race. As I'm gearing up for a mostly road year again, my trail skills will definitely be lacking. I haven't done a whole lot in two months so it may just be a long day.
I'm still not decided on whether to do the Zane Grey 50 mile in April. Because it's supposedly really technical and hilly I'm not sure if it's the best idea to spend time training for it when that terrain is not my main focus. I may sign up for the Diez Vista 50km which is around the same time but no travelling and is doable on road training although it's very tough, too.
Of course those two in April will be out the window if my name gets drawn in the lottery for the Miwok 100km on May 2nd in San Francisco. This was the race I had to cancel last year because of shin splints. I've heard so many great things about it I'd love to give it a go. Plus it's more conducive to road training because it's not a technical trail but has 10,000 feet of elevation.
June is the main focus with the World 100km Championships in Belgium. I really want to focus on speed this year for this race. In the past the World's has always been a secondary race for me whether it's after an Ironman or in between other races which didn't leave me 100% prepared. Or I was coming off an injury and didn't feel fully trained. This year I hope things are different. I'll be revealing goal times when we get closer.
The summer will see the World Police/Fire Games come to Vancouver and for fun I'm entering some events. Not like I'll be ready for any of them but it'll be fun. I'm going to do the Grouse Grind, Seymour Hill Climb (cycling), half-marathon, and I was entered in the triathlon but I was called the other day by an airport firefighter, Steve Knowles, who asked if I'd be part of his relay team and do the bike for the tri. I'm leaning more and more towards it as it would save me some time by not having to practice my open water swimming or my bike to run workouts. I think I'll do that instead.
September in England is the Commonwealth 100km Championships. Not to be confused with the Commonwealth Games, this is just a race between Commonwealth countries. Can I say Commonwealth one more time? Commonwealth. Anyways, I thought this would be a cool thing to do and, having never been to England, would be a fun trip, hoping to visit with Ian again.
As a finish to the year I may again do the H2H with a possible twist at the end - I may turn it into an H2H2H where I return to Haney and the start line, 200km total. That depends alot on my crew (Carrie) and whether they (she) will want to be driving and supporting me for around 20 hours. Have to see how the body holds out this year. Things are always subject to change.
In 2010 I turn 40 so after all the "craziness", I have to think up something to do to celebrate that milestone.


don said...

I think that much of the 55 km run that I did in Marin County last month follows the Miwok 100 course. If so, it would be a very scenic run.

phyllislum said...

hi darin
you are in for miwok!