Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Crow Pass IV

I hardly ever do races more than once. There are so many great races out there that I like to try new ones. However, next month I'll be running The Crow Pass Crossing for the 4th year in a row. That certainly says something about the appeal of this race. Simply put it's a near perfect course that has a little bit of everything. This year's race is going to be all about pushing what has previously proven to be possible on that course. No one has ever done this race in less than 3 hours (the official course record is 3:05 something). I think the 3 hour barrier is possible and I know I'm not the only one. I think to have a shot at winning the race I will need to go under 3:05. we'll see. It could always be a really sloppy trail and someone could run 3:15 and win. That's the excitement with trail racing. So many variables.

I turned down an offer yesterday to get into Hardrock from the waitlist. This decision was surprisingly easy for me. At this point I feel much more excited about spending most (if not all) of my summer in Alaska and there's just no way I could afford to do Hardrock this year. It's a race that I'm only willing to do when I know I can put 100% effort into it, which would include at least 2 weeks in Colorado to acclimatize before race day. We'll see if this works out better for me next year.

Still undecided about my race plans for the rest of the summer. Thinking about Wasatch or the Bear in September, but maybe another race or two before that too. We'll see. For now I'm just going to focus on being 100% ready to kick some ass on July 18th at Crow Pass. And even more importantly I'm going to focus on enjoying time in the mountains in Southeast Alaska. This is an amazing place to be in the summer and there are so many places to explore that I haven't had a chance to because I'm usually off running around somewhere else in the world in the summer time.


Olga said...

I checked out the list today and saw you took your name out. Bummer. Really bummer. I can; say financially this decision for me is an easy one (many reasons), but I didn't have a heart to do so - getting to HR is getting more difficult than getting through it these days. Have fun in Alaska.

mindful mule said...

Sounds like a beautiful summer... deepening a sense of place and self in the local ranges... run far and enjoy…

Hone said...

I live about 100 feet from the Crow trailhead so you know where I will be July 18th.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a good plan. I like having good range, so I applaud the fact that you as well like to challenge yourself at other distances.

Anonymous said...

i know you are thinking of doing arrowhead 135 at some point, but here is another new winter ultra up there for 2010 in Duluth along the northshore. Should be epic.


chris mcpeake said...

Your so lucky to be running in Alaska .. hope to make it up there someday

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