Part of the offseason I'm trying to kick the habit of was some sickness. I caught a virus from my kids that unfortunately wiped me out the 3 days surrounding my birthday/new year. I had zero energy and trouble eating for those days and generally lost the desire to do much of anything besides sleep and lay around. Hopefully that's behind me, but you never know with these damned kids around.
The highlight of the offseason for me was the reintegration of some actual sport in my life. I started playing indoor soccer again with a fun group of guys who all happen to be talented. Specifically we're playing futsal, which is a much better version of the typical indoor game in my opinion and it's helped me work a bunch of muscles that I hadn't used in a while. Initially I thought I'd just play this season and take the running year off, but I'm considering more and more the idea of continuing through the year. It's been a lot of fun, and while I've picked up some bruises, it's generally been beneficial for my physical fitness and helps break up the training.
|Current standings. We are "RUSH".|
Some other things in the works are a "Fat Ass" which I'm looking to do linking some trails from my house over Green, to Mother Cabrini, Lookout Mountain, Golden, and then back. It's somewhere between 31 and 36 miles depending on what you take to get there. I need to scout the section from MW to Cabrini to Apex as it involves a fair amount of off trail bushwhacking, but it'll be sweet. I might actually try this sooner rather than later if I can find a good way though to Apex.
|Roughly the idea.|
I'm leaning towards running my 100 at Bighorn for some redemption (depending on what I decide on Cascade Crest), and using a super long fun run as a way to get ready. The idea is a Buchanon/Pawnee/Pawnee/Buchanon double loop. Simple idea is to start at night, drive up around midnight, and start the Buchanon direction first. Finish the loop proper back at the car, refuel and head out in the opposite direction. The wilderness aspect of the race would be good preparation for a race like Bighorn which lacks substantial support for long periods in the middle of nowhere. The loop would be in the range of 52-54 miles and +13K of vert, so solid training and a good excuse to hang out in the Indian Peaks. I think mid-May would be good target so long as it isn't still packed in with snow.