My 2006 season was sick. I raced in 24 events. Most of them were sprint triathlons but there was also a marathon, ultramarathon, half-ironman and a full ironman. But that’s ok because you know, I was just trying to get a feel for things…it was all, um, research.
My 2007 season was even sicker. By the end I will have raced in 21 events, which includes two ultramarathon cycling events, one marathon, four half-irons and three iron distance races. But you know me, ever the research scientist just testing my hypotheses about various race strategies, nutritional approaches and pacing schemes. I hasten to add that I have learned a lot…really…I think I’m getting this Ironman thing figured out.
My 2008 season, well, um…it’s in the planning stages…ahem. I swear I won’t race as much as I have the past couple years…scouts honor. I have heard the people in their wisdom…race less…train more.
So…I am registered for IMCdA, that’s no seceret. Wanting to get in some good base miles I am doing the obligatory winter marathon and have chosen the inaugural Mississippi Blues Marathon and since I will have that under my belt why not treat it as my long run for an early season ultra? So, as I have publicly admitted, I will be toeing the line at the Black Warrior 50K right alongside the GEEKGRL.
Now, you know…I have had a hankering to tackle me a 50 mile ultramarathon…sooo, I could use my 50K as a long run in preparation for an early season 50 mile race. My choice, the Grasslands 50 mile just outside Decatur, TX…a scant 585 miles from my house.
A friend of mine e-mailed me today and told me about this great marathon, great course and great scenery, the Ogden Marathon in Ogden, UT. He is in and it takes place May 17th…Hmmm, that’s a whole month away from IMCdA and more than a month after my 50 miler. Ok, stop twisting my arm…I’m in.
Now, step inside my head for a moment if you please. This all seems perfectly reasonable to me. The logic is undeniable…right? he, he, he…
I’m kicking around the idea of doing a 100K and a 100 mile ultramarathon. No, no, not before IMCdA…after. I am eyeballing the Katcina Mosa 100K Mountain Run in Orem, UT on August 2nd and then the Javelina 100 in Phoenix, AZ on October 27th or the Cactus Rose 100 mile in Bandera, TX on November 1st.
So here is what is worrying me…what if I go from a 50 miler to a 100 miler without the ensuing 100K? I’m sure lots of people do it, right? So…if I were to do that then I could slide on in to…Leadville…yes, the race across the sky.