Pretty sure on this one:
either or both, depends on time and conditioning:
set of these two:
As I mentioned before, my travel is limited with 3 free United airfare tickets and 1 (cancelled) Alaska Air credit. Thus four out-of-state. Max.
The pick between Leona and Zane is tough, I've never been to Leona and really curious of this crazy course, yet I loved Zane past year big time. Not to mention I'll get to see Angie there. But at Leona I'll get to see Andy Kumeda and DirtyGirl Xy Weiss.
On the April race schedule will be based my May choice: both are new for me races. Silver State is at high altitude in Lake Tahoe area, Quicksilver is in San Jose, and Rick will be there, both on single track trails (yumm!), in CA I'd meet more friends, in NV - fewer competition:)
Bighorn had been set since I made up my mind not to submit for WS100 lottery, actually, before - I loved the pictures and Jeff Browning's report, and have so many friends going there! Many OR folks, as well as my friend and Montrail teammate Theresa Schut (and a threat for me! but so much fun this girl, I am excited to run parts of the race together, she is amazing!), Rick and Maura (who didn't get into WS), more of CA boys (for variation of 50M or 50k) - just one big party and not much hoopla!
SOB and PCT in July are local, and I can make a decision as the time comes.
Waldo and Bear are a good combo, I wanted to do Waldo long enough to wait any longer...but: it is going to be a National Championship in 2007, could be lots of people on narrow trails, and if I pick Teton 100 instead of Bear, too close together. 3 options to still do Waldo despite leaning towards Teton 100:
1. run it v-e-r-y slowly, only worrying about cut offs, what with shortening the course by 5 miles to a standard 100k next year should be do-able.
2. pace Theresa Schut for second half and help her to have a great race
3. run it as a part of relay team (if they will still have relay option with championship and all, there will be planty of Maniacs or local ultra geeks to split the run with)
Why Teton vs Bear? Rumor is Bear (something I planned at some point) has only dirt wide roads (I tend to slow down a lot in open spaces), with buffolo around, and even more with buffolo poop...quite a messy picture. Lisa S-B also mentioned they didn't mark it well a couple of years ago (wonder if it changed - I get lost even on best marked courses!). Lisa S-B was the one who got upset with me not coming (yet another year) to Teton, where she RD's. I've ran the whole course at her race in parts last summer when visited with her, and it's drop dead gorgeous, and all the runners praise it tremendously as a fantastic race and a family oriented event. It is, however, 4 loops, and each starts with crazy climb to Fred Mt. - some 1900 feet in 2.5 miles (think Devil's Thumb, but worse footing and higher in altitude). Knowing this perspective honestly scares me:) I am still not clear on these two, but have time for that decision.
C'mon, everybody's welcome for an opinion, it's an open session of friends!
#1. Of those who read my blog from time to time (and whom I am not aware of even by 10% according to ration of daily hits and weekly comments:)) if you live in a driving range of the area near Sheridan, WY (Bighorn race) or willing to travel and interested to crew and/or pace, please drop me a note, I'd be very happy to talk about it.
#2. If any of aformentioned readers are planning on some of the same races, and would like to "cheapen" the trip, may be we can discuss sharing a room and/or splitting the car costs.