Running down the east ridge of Mt. Baldy last weekend, scoping the Speedgoat course
Well I hope I feel as good as I did in this photo, tomorrow :) This will be our very first Speedgoat 50k+ and I'm as ready as I'm going to be. Which isn't to say that I'm ready at all, but you know what I mean ;) It shall be a very delicious challenge and I'm ready to take it on. The race boasts over 11,000 ft of gain in about 32-34 miles. That's a s---ton of gain for that short of a distance. Whatever, bring it.
UltraSignUp has suggested a finish time of 8h:36m for me. As usual, I plan to beat that by a fair amount, I'm just not sure by how much exactly :)
I am, however, sure that it's gonna get silly. This will be the first race that Geof and I will be running simultaneously, but separately. I think we are going to be pleasantly surprised with ourselves, and are going to have a really fun day out there on the trails.
In any event, I'm looking forward to being in the race environment as a runner again. It's been too long (i.e. almost a full TWO months since Pocatello). We haven't done any f'real long runs recently, but we have done a LOT of time-on-our-feet runs with a lot of climbing and descending. So that should be pretty helpful come tomorrow.
A good old fashioned backyard race...packed with a silly amount of national and international talent. I will be but a very small fish in an extremely large pond. I love this sport :)