So the last couple of years, I guess really after Ironman, I have kind of felt like I am just going through the motions.
Register for a race, train for a race, do a race. Repeat. I have not really been excited it just has been an ends to a means. I mean I have been excited about the locations but the actual distance or type of race - not really.
That : wow how do I go about doing this, holy crap am I seriously thinking about doing this, I feel kind of sick, seriously HOW BAD CAN IT BE feeling. It just has not been there.
Well it is back and it feels awesome! I feel anxious, a little worried and excited all at the same time. You ask - what is it, what is it?
Background first - my very first running Coach - Louise. . She was so inspiring and really touched me and helped develop my passion for running. She was/is an amazing athlete and her passion for running was contagious. She really cared about us and encouraged us no matter how fast or slow and well when I lead clinics I really try to emulate her. Louise was also a big trail runner and loved ultra's. Her stories of her adventures doing Ultra's always amazed me. One race that intrigued me and I have talked about lots is the Canada Death Race - this year it looked like I might finally do it but alas financially it is just not fiscally smart. With Joe going to do the Trans Alps it just did not seem feasible.
Then I started thinking about Stormy. This is a 50 mile trail race in the back country behind Squamish. A few years ago 2 friends of mine did it and I put in a relay team to run with them and support them. I always maintained that one day I would like to try and do it solo.
Stormy however is no more but after contacting the old race director I have learned there is a new race/course - The Squamish 50. I logged on to the site and honest to god my heart started to do a little skip, my nerves started and my stomach felt a little queasy. OMG - I think I want to do this race. Really want to do this race. So much that I have not stopped thinking about it. I have already began working on the gang to recruit either peeps to do the whole thing with me or at least put in a relay team to run with me.
I have contacted Louise and my old trail coach Tom to ask for advice on training plans/distances and any other advice they can give. Judith has agreed to go out to Squamish so we can train on the trails.
The only person I have not mentioned it to is JOE.... I was thinking of saying - "Good news I am not going to do the Canadian Death Race! "- He keeps telling me I am not allowed to... - Then I can say I am going to do the Squamish 50 - YEAH!!! That should go over well - I mean I am giving him something he wants, right?
The trick is to make sure I have all my ducks in a row - my training plan laid out and yada, yada. He will still stress about me doing it and probably tell me I can't - which we all know is like waving a red flag in front of me - I mean look how well it worked for Ironman - bahaha.
Okay- WOW- I think I am really going to do this - EEEEEEEEEKKKKK. Seriously though - How bad can it be?