One thing that I have found out about myself over the years is that if I don’t have a goal I become like the sloth. Not like the cute ones you see on Go Diego Go! but the actual ones that barely leave their spot and move incredibly slow. I never really liked going to the gym so instead I set up small goals a few months out to work towards. For example I am hoping to run the 10k at the North Face Endurance Challenge. It seems to be a little out of reach because my transition to the Vibram Five Fingers is going slower than I would wish. Beyond that I have set a goal that may not be quite so little, the Wakarusa Off-Road Challenge. A friend and I will be participating as a two person team. What possessed us to do this, slight insanity? A liking for pain? Wanting a challenge? whatever the reason may be we will walk away from something unlike anything I have done so far.
The race is a combination of trail-running, mountain biking, and canoeing. It starts with a 2.2 mile run then 17.2 mile mountain bike ride followed by a 4 mile canoe trip and finishing with a 4 mile run. I am going to “officially” start my training for this. Last year the top five male teams finished in about 3 hours. I am not sure if that is achievable for us but it sounds like a good goal to work towards. What is it that all the tough guys say, you know the ones that walk around in tight Ed Hardy shirts? “Go hard or go home”? How about “Go hard and finish sometime before the last person without dying along the way.” I think that is more my style.
On a slightly different note in preparation for this I was able to find a decent used mountain bike. I took it out to Landahl Park the other day and it rides wonderfully.