It’s been nearly two weeks since I posted Volume 1 of the Meandering…Purposely Toward The Finish Line and this felt like the right time to write another blog post as I meander my way to the finish line of Cocodona 250 in May 2021. With 8 months to go before race day things are still very much up in the air with regards to training plans and crew/pacer plans but things are also starting to formulate in my mind about who/what/when/where/how. You may have just said: What about why? The why was decided way back when I pressed register so that question has been answered.
That’s Great, But Did You Tell Us Your Why?
I did not tell you my why when I wrote the first blog post so now is as good a time as any to tell you my why. The first and simplest answer is: Why Not? Why not run 250 miles across the heart of Arizona? Why not test my limits and see how well I do? Why not seek the euphoria of crossing the finish line? Why not seek the despair and brink of failure, for there is where I’ll find my next success?
It’s all of those things and more. I remember when I signed up for my first 50 mile race and thinking: Not a fucking chance I’ll race a 100. I remember registering for my first 100 and finishing that race and thinking: Not a fucking chance I’ll ever do that again. I remember seeing Maria Simone of No Limits Endurance Coaching and my former coach go around Lake Tahoe during Tahoe 200 and thinking: Not a fucking chance I’ll ever race a 200. I remember seeing Sean Nakamura tackle the Grand Slam of 200’s and thinking: Not a fucking chance I’ll ever do that.
Then the competitor in me started saying: Why not you? And I pressed register on the 100 mile race then the next 100 mile race and 8 belt buckles later I am registered for the 250 mile adventure.
It’s competition with myself about finding what’s next. It’s competition with myself about finding the edge of my ability. It’s competition with myself to say: Failure is a possibility, but I won’t fail.
What Are Your Next Steps In This Meandering Plan Of Yours?
My next step is on deciding what the pace/crew team is going to look like. I’ve got a few names that I’ve written down and will be reaching out in the next week or so. Pacing and crewing a 100 race is a huge ask but that is typically a 1-2 day request. This could be upwards of 5 days of work plus a few days before and after for recreation. This is going to be the biggest request I make and I want to make sure that the team is compatible with me during the down times because hanging out and laughing with me will be easy during the good times. It’s when I want to take a dirt nap, when I want to tell the world to fuck off, when I want to sleep for more than 4 hours that this crew is going to need to know how to manipulate me into getting my ass going again.
If your phone rings and my name shows up, just know that I am asking you because I think you’re the PERFECT fit for me and this adventure but don’t feel obligated to answer right away or having to say yes.
Training Ideas? Have You Formulated Those Yet?
Not completely. Yesterday, during the Team Dirt and Vert StruggleBus Sunday run I decided that I was going to chase a PR on the TD&V New Big Loop Strava segment. I think I decided to do this as a baseline test for my fitness heading into an official training plan. After the run while Jen and Greg and I were chatting we figured that now is the time to include Trail Fartleks into our Sunday run. Jen will be heading to Bandera in January and with the flat and very runable segments there she’ll be working on speed and since I don’t do track workouts this will also be my speed workout for the week.
I am still swimming my way across Lake Tahoe in the #AmazeRaceSwim that I am hosting on Instagram. This is helping me keep my goal of 6,000 yards per week and aid in recovery. I am also still riding my bike and have decided that even when the weather gets cold I’ll put the bike on the trainer and keep that component going as well. Riding my bike will also be a huge benefit for recovery from the runs and addition of strength training to the plan.
Anything Else You Want To Share With Us?
Yes, as a matter of fact there are two things that I want to share with you.
1- I am going to get another Inside Tracker test done. I participated in the study when I went to Western States in 2019 and it was a benefit. It showed me that despite my consumption of mushrooms and spending hours upon hours in the sun that my Vitamin D was still low as well as my iron levels. I have taken a more conscious approach to getting Vitamin D and Iron supplements into my diet, but I am also interested in the other biomarkers since it’s been a year and a whole lot can change.
2- I have become and ambassador for Rbar Energy. I was introduced to the product by Ashley and was invited to join the team. After tasting the first couple of samples I knew that this was the direction I wanted to go in because the taste was fantastic. The ingredient list is minimal (think 3-7 ingredients) and they are plant-based. This weekend, instead of the usual bowl of granola 2 hours before a long day of riding and running, I went with Rbar. On Saturday, I tested out the Cranberry Cashew and on Sunday, I went with Chocolate Peanut Butter. Both were excellent tasting and I was satisfied with my performance on both days. Best part, is that I have a 20% discount code for you to use. Go shopping and use code: JBAHA and save 20%.
This plan is still a work in progress but little pieces are coming together. Like anything else in life, it’s the little things that amount to big things. Right now, my stress and anxiety is about the pacing/crewing component of this process and I have a solid idea of how I want this to unfold and soon that will be behind me and the focus can turn to the core, balance, stretching, strength, run, ride, swim planning and executing.
So, until the next time I post……Thank you for reading and please do not hesitate to ask me questions because they will help me formulate my plan.
Happy Trail Running….Find Your Dirt and Your Vert