2010 Year in Review
"sometimes you're the windshield,
.....sometimes you're the bug"
Started out feeling great in January, exercising in some form every day. Continued into February with a 50k beach run on the cape but then Lyme symptoms began creeping back in later in the month. Back on antibiotics in the spring with a fairly quick rebound, but then a long plateau which is still ongoing. Due to the struggle with Lyme I didn't have any real 'goal' events on the schedule for most of the year and that really shaped the year overall.
I put less than 12 hours on the bike this year and much of that was on the trainer - the bike saw the road only 5 times.
I did less than 12 hours of orienteering events this year and almost half of that came at the Hudson Highlander in October - I was quite pleased with that performance.
On the up side, I did get out the door for 37 long runs on the trails, totaling over 500 miles with the longest at 34.5 miles. Many thanks to my Shenipsit Strider
pals for providing the motivation & opportunities to get out and do these long runs as they allowed me to push my total running over 1000 miles for the first time ever. That's not a huge amount among serious runners, but for me that's a major milestone. It also meant that my total training volume for the year was over 300 hours, again not earth-shattering, but a new lifetime high for me.
Also did a lot of hiking this year mostly with the family including Hayden's first backpacking trek, a 4-week family camping/hiking road trip to the Rocky Mountain West in August and a long weekend to Acadia in October.
In the fall, rather than waiting around for the Lyme to go away, I began running again more consistently, getting in the long trail runs, including some through runs on the Shenipsit & Metacomet trails.
For 2011, I'm looking to get back into Rogaining shape and be competitive in the CNYO Trifecta Cup - (Snowgaine, ReGaine & Rogaine) and to peak for the Henry Coe Rogaine in November, particularly if it gets the bid for US Rogaine Champs. I am looking for potential partners for one or more events if anyone is interested...
The plan at this point is to keep at the long trail runs on weekends interspersed with some snowshoe racing, and try to fill the mid-week with non-running (strength/bike/pool) training at the Y. After snowshoe season I'll begin extending the distance on the long runs and begin working in some long hiking & backpacking. Also working on a few new tactics with the Lyme, but I'm moving forward with the mindset that I'll make the best of where I'm currently at even if we never totally eliminate it, but I'm hopeful more progress will be made as we slide on in to 2011.
I'm also directing the NipMuck Trail Marathon in early October - which just got a great writeup in TrailRunner magazine as one of the 6 'must-do' trail marathons in the US. No pressure though... :-)
- Base building & Snowshoe Racing
- more base & race....
- CNYO Snowgaine
- Traprock 50k
- CNYO ReGaine
- Vermont 100 (pacing)
- CNYO Rogaine
- Pawtuckaway Camping Weekend
- NipMuck Marathon (directing)
- US Rogaine Champs