Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Race That Didn't Happen

I'm back from a whirlwind weekend of visiting Wyoming and Steamboat Springs. The plan was to go to Wyoming Friday night. First thing Saturday morning, register for the San Juan Solstice at 7:00 a.m. After that race registration, go to the Twin Mountain Trudge, run that race, then scoot on down the road to Steamboat to rest and relax the rest of the weekend.

Well... it just didn't go that way. We made it to Wyoming sort of late Friday night. The hotel was very nice. Probably the most quiet hotel I have ever been in. Had a good night sleep and woke up at 6:45 to get register online for the SJS 50.

I logged on and when the time came to register, the registration site, did not enable the option to register for the race at 7:00 as they were supposed to do. Nope... not even a few minutes late. More like one hour and fifty minutes until the runners wanting to register were enabled to do so. By this time any hope of making it to the start for the Twin Mountain Trudge on time was out the window. So my plan became to just show up, run a loop (11 miles) instead of two and call it a day.

Well, not even that worked out. Someone (me) got twisted around driving to the start. I made it to BW road, but the wrong end of the road. So basically once the error was discovered it was way too late to even consider racing. On top of that, it had clouded up and the winds (about 30mph sustained)had kicked up out of the west. As a token effort, we went out for a quick 3 mile out and back on the course since we were there, making it back about the same time the top finishers started coming in.

Disappointed a bit as this was to be my first significant race for 2011. There weren't any great expectations but I did want to have this opportunity to gauge exactly where I am now in regards to speed and endurance.

Had an okay time in Steamboat. We really need to plan to spend more time there.

Past that, just trying to get on this week. Still sort of dropping weight. It is amazing what ditching soda's, beer, chips, and cupcakes can do for weight loss regardless of how many fucking miles one runs in a week. In a way it isn't fair.
I plan to do an entire blog entry on this subject at a later date.

Waiting still on the Hardrock 100 lottery. Just under three weeks to go. As of today, there are 490 some applicants, compared to the 430 some total from last year. That definitely is not helping to put the odds in my favor.

That's all for now. I will write more later and try to be more consistent.

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