Saturday, January 28, 2012


I guess it’s safe to say I’m back in full on training mode.  My mileage and workouts have been pretty steady but just w/in the last week have I been beginning to feel mentally stronger.  My weekly mileage hasn’t been triple digits too many times but I think I’m being much smarter about it all.  I cross train w/ the bike, weights, swimming.  I mix it up from week to week to try to trick the legs.  One week, I’ll really try to destroy the legs w/ hills.  Then I’ll back off and bike for the majority of the next week.  Then I’ll do a hundo mile week.  Then I’ll give the legs a break and focus on some upper body or core workouts.  I feel that cross training is what helped me out last year.  That seems to be what my body responds best to.  All of this is after a significant cut back in workouts and mileage at the end of last year and the beginning of this.  I took some time off and then slowly started incorporating workouts when I felt like it.  And now things are coming together nicely and I’m really looking forward to exercising everyday.  It’s really important to add in that mental break to your training every so often.  All of our needs vary widely but I know when burnout is around the corner.  That’s when I back off. 

I’ll be switching jobs in the very near future and I have arranged it so that I will be able to fit in more training.  I will have more free time and it’s much easier to run to this job than my previous job.  There’s a treadmill and a shower to which I can use at my disposal at any time I please.  AND I get a week and a half off in between jobs.  And if you know me, you know I’m just going to live like a hermit and train like a wild man.  It’ll be a big week for sure and I can’t wait. 

And last but not least, I am officially signed up for the McNaughton trail 100 mile run in about seventy-eight days.  I feel like I’ve been training well but just the act of signing up will light a fire under you and make you put in a few extra miles at night.  I did the fifty there last year and it nearly destroyed my legs.  I couldn’t walk down stairs for days.  This year, it will be my first 100.  I’m also training for Leadville in August.  Those will be the two A races for the year.  I’m doing two 50k events in February and one in March.  All of these will have big runs (20ish miles) the day after in preparation for the bigger events.  I’m looking at 8-9 ultra events this year and I would like to do well and not be burnt out at the end of the season.  It’s a fine line.  I know I say it every year but this is going to be my biggest year.  Every year, I’m just trying to blow it up bigger than I ever have.  I have nothing to lose.  I’ve gotten rid of all the people in my life that tried slowing me down.  If you don’t support me and my goals, you’re out.  I don’t have time.  These are the things that I’m passionate about at this point in my Life and I’m trying to show others how to explore their passions, even when and especially if it means losing sleep, losing girlfriends or sleeping on a park bench to get it done. 
If there’s something you want to do in this Life, do it. 
DO IT.  
If you don’t like your job, quit it and find a new one. 
What’s stopping you but yourself?  
Now if you’ll excuse me...I’m off for a run...

Monday, January 2, 2012

year end...

It’s 2012!  Let’s see, how did 2011 go?

Swam 24 miles.
Biked over 2068 miles.
Ran 1632 miles.
Hours spent working out 451.

I only completed 7 events this year.  Last year I had that doubled.  However the events were bigger this year, focusing more on quality distance.  I did two 50 milers.  One 100k.  A half iron and a full iron.  I ran my age on my birthday and spent NYE running a 50k.  It was about a good a year as I could have hoped for, working two jobs and having little to no time.  I even managed to place in a couple of my events.  And one of the greatest moments of the year was winning the Dances with Dirt 50 mile run.  I exceeded my goals for the year and it was magical.
The only thing I’m officially signed up for at this point is the Leadville 100.  I plan to do at least two 100 mile runs this year.  With a couple of 50k’s, 50 milers and 100k’s thrown in there.  I hope to do my first ultra cycling event.  I hope to be healthier.  I hope to drink more.  I hope to say yes more.  I hope to make new friends.  I hope to inspire.  I hope to live my life w/ the volume turned all the way up.   I hope to burn the candle from both ends.  I hope to run mountains.  I hope to become a superhero.  I hope to strip my life down to the bare essentials.  I hope to not compromise myself or my goals for anyone else. I hope for a lot.  So here’s to hoping.  I hope…