Flew into Sacramento yesterday and missed Colorado immediately. I'm not 100% sure I'll be running the Whiskeytown 50k; it's a long-ish drive for such a small race. I feel great physically and think I could pop a pretty decent run. I'll see how the rest of the week goes before deciding. It'd be nice racing in warm weather, though (in the 80s in Redding this week). We'll see. I'm lukewarm on it at this point and am more excited to explore more of the trails on the western slope of CO.
The Ultra Adventures website is up and both Matt Gunn and I really like it. Tim Smith put a lot of work into over the last six weeks. There are still several pages that need content (my responsibility) and I'll be working to fill in all the info and details over the next couple weeks. All the race courses are amazing. The only downside to putting on the UA events is that I can't run them, at least the organized version of them. I'll be heading down to meet Matt in the next couple weeks to go over maps, business organization, and to do some recon (i.e. playing on the trails). I also cut back the number of athletes I coach to allow enough time to spend on each person. The new job gets started on Nov. 1st. Their new website is SWEET. I got a chance to see the design and layout yesterday and think it looks terrific.
With the new job and need for a solid home office (and other changes), I may have to find another place to live (and work from home). It's sad because I love the cabin, the owners, and location. If a move is necessary, I'll look for something in the same 1 mile radius of the current place. Or just dress warmly and work from the deck on the cabin... Regardless, moving is easy, if need be.
Over the course of the last couple months with my time being filled with so much, I've lost touch with my regular readings of other blogs/sites, so I'm making a conscious effort to get caught up on friends' writings. It's also about that time to start thinking about and putting together next season's personal race schedule. After this year being such a dud with my awful performances, I'll admit there's a definite fire building in me to really explode this year at both shorter (half marathon) and longer events. I think the type of training I did in Central City with the abundant climb and descent and lack of steady, long, harder running really undermined my needed fitness and speed - the type of running I've been working on in training lately. The MAF test I did a couple days resulted in an avg pace of 7:18 at HR 127-129. I need to adjust down a little on the MAF formula because my HR is so low all the time (resting is around 32-34). It'll take a bit of work to get down to 6:10 avg pace for a half marathon but I'll get there.