With the completion of the Waldo 100k race my tired body will get a rest from any more long races this year. This race was my third 100k race of 2015. The Gorge Waterfalls 100k being the first and Quick Silver 100k the second. If I include The Siskyou Out and Back 50 miler I completed my own personal grand slam. Not even close to the Grand Slam of Ultra Running which entails running four tough 100 mile races in one year, but I am proud of my own accomplishment regardless. This being just my second year running ultras I almost bit off more than I could chew. But that’s what drives many of us who run these challenging races. To test ourselves physically and mentally. To see what are limits are.
I’ll spend the coming months reviewing how my races went and try to figure out what went well and what didn’t. For example was my fueling strategies adequate, how was my running pace, do I need to concentrate more of my training on hills etc. It is a good time to reflect not just on the past year but also what the future may hold. I will start considering what races I may try to get into for next year. Two races on my bucket list are Western States 100 miler and the Lavaredo 119km in The Dolomites of Northern Italy. The stars will need to align just right to make either of these happen, but who knows. That’s the fun part of race planning. Imagining oneself taking on even greater challenges in new locales.