There is NO hidding the fact that there is only FIVE MORE DAYS to my birth into the world of Ultras. Okay it's only 32+/- miles and that is really only 6ish more miles than a marathon but I am giving this trail race all the respect it deserves. I am new to racing on serious trails, I am new to winter condition racing, I am new to this distance, I am new to serious mud. But I am excited for some serious trails, excited for some winter conditions, excited to see if I can go this new distace, and excited to play in the mud!
Feb 26, 2010: There are crews of volunteers out now and they will be out almost every day until the race.
Reports are scattered: there is still much remaining snow and probably no place where it is not at least wet. Some places still have ankle deep snow and it is not a great thawing day today. However, a slow steady warming trend is predicted. There are certainly obstacles (blowdowns, pine branches embedded in snow banks, detours and very icy bridges) and the trailheads and other trail parking lots/areas are getting open. Right now, probably the best prediction is to expect wet feet no matter what and a slower than usual race. We will try to post updates on the web as the week progresses otherwise fell free to email or call. I believe the race is a go but you should stay tuned.
I am going to a run tonight to shake off some nervous energy.
How do you cope with the week before a BIG race?