Thursday, February 17, 2011

Going Down to Moab, Gonna Have Myself A Time

Somehow I find myself a day away from my first trip to Moab for 2011. Oddly enough, my last real race report on this little blog was from the last trip of 2010 to Moab. I guess something about that place makes me want to write.

This time, it's for a return trip to the Moab RedHot 55K and 33K. Last year, it was for the 33K with my friends Jen and Nick. This year, it's a lone-wolf trip down in what looks to be sketchy weather for the 55K. I'm reserving the right to downshift to the shorter distance if the weather is disastrously bad, but a huge part of me just says "Suck it up, sista, it'll make you stronger to face that fear." I've had a lot of balls in the air lately, and lots on my mind, and it's easy to give into that temptation to run the shorter race. I also had the first really craptastic race in awhile last weekend at a local 10K, so that gets into the head for sure. It was a race PR, but a lackluster performance that was not up to what I thought could have been possible after last fall's racing season.

I think staring down all that uncertainty and fear of failure might be the best thing, though, even if I am out there, moving along slowly in my zero gear. The course was challenging last year, and it is a little scary actually KNOWING what to expect this year with that route plus 14 miles. On the flip side, I am inspired when I'm in Moab. I felt like I was running across the sky on this course last year, and that's a powerful feeling. Being with like-minded folks who just get it is another aspect of the whole thing that makes me think I CAN make it through, even if I am the last one out there and even if I'm swearing off ever doing something like it again in the final miles.

In other news, I've joined a relay team that currently consists of six women and one man for the 24 Hours of Moab, a relay event that takes place in late March. This involves a six mile loop, and logging as many laps as possible around that loop in a 24-hour period. I've wanted to join a relay team for some time, and am stoked to venture into this new racing territory. I have no idea what to expect, how many laps I'll run or how I'll feel, but I'm excited for the adventure. For now, I just need to do some laundry, pack up some gear, and get myself safely to Moab tomorrow. The next adventure awaits in less than 48 hours.


Stacey said...

Safe travels. Good luck and have fun!

Not lost... said...

Congrats on your first Ultra! I'm jealous:) Looking forward to rocking the laps in Moab in a month. The 1 man, 6 woman show will take the desert by storm!