Saturday, March 21, 2015

Because 50k just wasn't enough.

Sign up day for the 7th Annual Oil Creek 100 races and this year was a little different.  Instead of a free-for-all for all three distances, they were staggered at 3:00 for the 50k, 3:15 for the 100k, and 3:30 for the 100 miler.  Give the RD, Tom Jennings, credit, he took a proactive approach, listened to whining about signing up for the wrong race, and added a "family" option so that two people could enter under one name.  But, was ensued, was RunRace was ill-prepared and the process was long and drawn out.  At one point, I could've signed up for the 50k, but had previously decided that 5 bronze buckles were enough.

So why the sudden change of heart.  The 50k is a safe distance, with a safe finish. But, after two incredibly lackluster 2013 and 2014 performances, and extra weight that doesn't seem to want to come off, it's time to start thinking of goals and forcing myself to train differently.  One lap of the course, done during daylight,  and finished in roughly 8 hours, has made me complacent.  In 2009, The Ironman year, I paced my brother for 14 miles through the woods at night, and have a good idea that it's going to be a new challenge of sorts.  My goal is to prepare the body, and my head, to survive. As for a time goal, nope. Not going to happen.  I'll take it one Aid Station at a time and keep moving forward.

Maybe this will be an opportunity to blog a little more than usual.  Maybe, but let's go with the highly doubtful right now.  My goal is to stay healthy, keep the weight in check, and earn the silver buckle in October.

Quick hits:  Guilty TV pleasure would be Chiller TV.  Great horror flicks encompassing the classic, cheesy, and God-awful.  What better way to watch the entire Saw series, 1-45.

Glad I didn't submit a NCAA bracket,  it would've sucked. Have watched a lot of college wrestling and high school winter championships. But, hardly any basketball.

On On


Big Daddy Diesel said...

Good luck at the 100k, you ultra runners amaze me

Eric said...

Dude, your back!! The semi-retirement wasn't agreeing with food intake. My wife told me I wasn't allowed to whine, so we'll see.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I am still done with blogging, but read some of the old time bloggers here and there.