Thursday, November 02, 2006


Season's not quite over and already I'm filling up an application for a race. Well at least it's a whole lot better than trying to get into an Ironman. Those things, like the New York Marathon, you have to make a decision on a year in advance. Anyway I'm filling up my application for the 2007 Western States, I'll send it on my birthday for good luck in the lottery. Oh wait I don't believe in luck. If I don't get in for next year it won't be a big loss since I already have a backup race in mind. Bighorn 100-miler in Sheridan, Wyoming, another June race. The course description and elevation profile makes me want to stay home....but they all do that anyway. The great thing about this race is that it has a 30k/50k/50m/ along with the 100m. You can bring friends who may not neccessarily want to run the 100. I saw photos from a story Trailrunner did, might fine place for a race. My only trepidation about it is that there's a lot of running between 7000 and 9000 feet. Altitude, based on my experience at the Grand Canyon, affects me when I go past 7500 feet. On the Grand Canyon's North Rim last year my heart sounded like a drum and I started to feel a little light headed. This year at WS there was no effect I could discern since we were only at 9000+ for a short time.

Anwyay I want to go big next year, do more races, get involved and all that, it might be my last for a while. I've been thinking about my work situation lately and I think I am only going to do this freelance thing for another year. Next year will make 6 years I've been on my own and I'm ready for a change. Time to rejoin the collective. Resistance is futile (for you Trekkies out there)


  1. Bighorn it is for me. I tore my WS app 2 days ago...and weirdly, wasn't even sad. But I wish you luck no matter what.
    I think I am in what you expect for the following years right now. rearranging priorities. It's all good. I wonder what friends will I loose if I suddenly stop running...not that I plan to completely stop, but some people live with expectations from whom they met at certain life points. I know of a few I wouldn't want to loose:)

  2. Sorry Olga I'm only friends with runners, so I guess this is goodbye:)

    Joking aside, will see you in Bighorn if WS doesn't happen or some great Oregon race. Is there an Oregon 100-miler we don't know about.

  3. olga....friends are friends...period...not because you run...but because you are a carng loving person. Rick..good luck in the lottery...if you need have my number

  4. I think it is good to mix it up a bit. Bighorn sounds like a fun one. In a sadistic way of course.

  5. Good luck with the WS lottery! If you don't get in, Bighorn looks amazing.