Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

I went for a great 10 miler this morning and, for the first time in a week or so, felt light on my feet. We've had a great stretch of snow here and another storm is on the way so my attention has definitely been drifting toward skiing over the past few days. More and more terrain is opening on Baldy and all of the local Nordic trails are buffed out and ready for skiing.

That said, Western States is 6 months away so it's time to get to work. If all goes well I'll have my aerobic base in place by the time I head to New Mexico on January 18th. That will be my first hard effort of the year. Then, if I can hold steady at Rocky Raccoon, I'll have a solid endurance base to allow me to get some serious payback at Way Too Cool in March. After that, it's off to the Grand Canyon.

I'll try to post regularly about my training over the next six months as well as some thoughts about preparing for Western States. And, on that note, take a look at the poll on the sidebar and cast a vote!

6 comments:

FastED said...

AJayDub,

When are you planning R2R2R? I'd like to go but haven't made any plans. DeWitt is taking a group (CRUD) in April sometime, maybe could piggyback.

Voted in your WS poll. With all due respect, I don't think there is anyone on that list that can beat Tony Krupicka (if he's healthy). I didn't see your name but I would throw it in there with Jurek and Mackay for a top 5 finish.

HappyTrails said...

Where's AJW on the list? The 40+ crowd has to stick together ;-)

AJW said...

Hey FastED,

I am planning on doing the Grand Canyon on the weekend after Way Too Cool. I'll be down there on Spring Break. I'd love to have company if you're available.

AJW

AJW said...

Hay Happy Trails,

Thanks for the props. I'll do a Masters' poll in February. Should be just as competitive as the regular race.

AJW

Sophie Speidel said...

Merry Christmas, Andy!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful day today.

I am looking forward to reading about your WS training and to getting started with Grindstone buid-up! I also like the training log link you have...may have to use that.

Check out my latest blog entry on Hellgate 100K---ran a PR :-) Good news for 2009!!!

Cheers!

SS

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