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!