Five straight days off since finishing Hardrock, I'm heading out today for a run. Aside from deep sleepiness and residual dullness from inactivity, I feel pretty well. Grand Mesa 100 miler in CO is in 7 days. What was I thinking? Answer: I wasn't thinking. Everything seems like a good idea six months before it actually arises. GM100 is a tough one. Took me just over 25 hours to finish the sucker last year. This go around I'll be shooting for 22 hours.
I wrote to Leadville race contacts to request allowing me to register for the 100 mile run. Declined, I won't bother with Leadville anymore. Boring ass course anyway. I'm registered for Waldo 100k on the same day but with my pending residency change, Oregon would be a stretch to get to for the race. I may still look into flying into the Bay Area and driving up for it anyway. We'll see. If not, then I'll support someone at Leadville in the form of crewing or pacing.
Inside Trail Matt is driving up from San Diego for a visit today for the weekend. Beer and running and discourse will be the main schedule. I've picked up a bullet proof vest and hired a sniper so I can introduce him to my ultrarunning friends. If you aren't familiar with our prolific work, view it here insidetrail.wordpress.com. We struck some nerves back in the day and have dusted off our pens and keyboards, planning to provide some needed commentary and analysis on our often shallowly viewed sport. We're back together and you've been warned. :-)
As mentioned, I've been poking around for a place to live in the Bay Area and have had little luck. So, I'm making the move back to Colorado. My heart has always been in the mountains. Coaching will remain my focus and I'm toying with the idea of flying out to the Bay Area 1-2 times per month to put on clinics and see some of the athletes I coach over here. Heck, many of them don't even know I live near them now, so the move will be transparent, since most of the coaching takes place via internet and phone. Info on my coaching here. I plan to leave Thursday and run Grand Mesa 100 as I drive through Grand Junction.
Have a good weekend and good luck to those running Angeles Crest 100, Tahoe Rim Trail 100, and other events this weekend.