When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Making plans and taking names:)
Whew, I can't believe I only described OTS out of the whole schedule! Boy, do I love Oregon, it's races and our people! My plan so far includes giving the most effort to the Rumble and Waldo out of those, enjoying the rest for fun.
OK, lets move on. There is Old Pueblo 50M race on March 1st in Tucson, AZ, where I get to visit Angie on my annual visit. I really really love Zane Grey 50M there, but if I keep doing same races, I never get to explore new ones, right? So here I go...no certain goal for it as it is so early in a season for this distance, although if I do indeed start training in December as I'd like to, may be I can chase something more there.
May will bring me to San Francisco area for the thrid "go" at Miwok 100k. I love the city, love this race and more importantly love my friends who live there. I missed out on my (another) annual visit with them as I skipped Dick Collins Firetrails 50M last weekend, so I better not miss out on registration for Miwok (it fills fast). Rick, you better keep an eye when it opens up! I am sure other races will pop up as the year develops.
Now to the highlights of my every year - 100M races on hand. Each of them in a given month depends on lottery drawing. WS100 gives results of the accepted runners on December 1st, so it's either this a repeat of Bighorn 100 (what a lovely and challenging course!). May be I can work on my feet blistering and get that 26 hr finish? July is a toughy, it already has SOB 50k and PCT 50M...but I had made up my mind to submit my application for Hardrock 100 in CO (for unattached to ultras folks it's the one that runs above 12,000 feet and with 33,000 feet of gain, claiming souls of many (pulmonary edema, here I come again!). There is only 10% I can get in, but heck, it's a chance:) If I do, I'll have a vacation for 10 days in the area I may never visit otherwise, if I don't - I will have an extra "ticket" for next year's lottery and can choose to run Tahoe Rim Trail instead (btw, HR100 runs same weekend as SOB 50k - mental note, and TRT 100 doesn't even have a date set yet). OK, and the year should end up in September with either Wasatch 100M in UT (I "did" it in 2005, may be I can actually run it? it is also lottery chosen these days) or Angeles Crest 100M in SoCA (more likely, as I wanted to try it for a long time and keep finding other things to do). Either one will kick my butt and leave me on my knees, but that's the beauty of it:)
I bet you figured I am getting revved up for the next year! On a daily front, I gained 10 lbs after Bear 100, what was partly water retention (normal), eating like an elephant (normal) and not exercising for a week (also normal). I dropped 6 of those, but still got things to loose. The problem is, in theory it doesn’t sound scary, but in real life, even as I come back to my 135 that I keep, I realize there are at least an extra 5 lbs of fat hanging on me instead of muscle used to occupy the space before the last 2 months of hiatus. So Rooster set a challenge for herself that I jumped in and joined in food portioning. If only I could crave less meats, I am a total carnivore, have no "sweet tooth", but the "real thing"...and a travel ahead of me this weekend...
Speaking of which (travel) - tomorrow Adrien and I are leaving at damn hour of 6 am, but since we're flying from rainy Portland to sunny San Diego - no complains:) His brother Marcel is coming from East Coast, and we should hit the pre-race dinner with the crowd later at night. Besides crewing and pacing Adrien for his first attempt at a 100 (what I know he'll do great at, not only he trained for it, with a change this year it'll be his type of course, flat and runnable, I would not prosper there, but those with speed do much better), I will have my great friends Xy Weiss and Andy Kumeda there, OR buddies Tom Chapman and Steve Peterson, and a new-found protégé Viper, Sir:) Or, I might even get to help this Marine on the course, if my runner allows me to have something left in my legs (the time should be not a problem, as they are looking for different finishing times, about 6 hrs apart). At least I'd like for it to happen, but do realize I might be dead/tired/sleepy/hurt/whatever. Blah...Get 'er done, Ma'am!
And then, if I am still in a mood, we can go and check out the city and the beach! Last time I was at the beach just doing nothing (as in sun-tanning) was before I started running...I wonder if I can fit in my swim suit?
You be good now, have a great weekend and be patient with my posting for next week! I hope to bring tons of pictures back!
p.s. I just acquired myself a coach!!! Well, it's a very good friend who agreed to help me out of my excuses and to keep me on track, because I am a type of person to needs to be accountable to someone rather than myself to push harder, and I am totally psyched, because with this friend there is no slacking allowed! Yay, bring it on!