Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Prepping for Traprock

Last year, just before The North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain I was struck down by an injury in the final weekend of training.

This year I registered in early October determined to make my comeback to the course that I can say is in my own backyard.

I had begun my training in late January, early February and started building miles when a haunting thought was beginning to get caught in the web of thoughts. "Why does the weekend of May 4th and 5th sound so familiar?

I knew there had to be something so I thumbed through scrawled notes on our calendar and found nothing.Then it struck me, my wife and her brother had just started planning for their parents 50th wedding anniversary.

Yup, you guessed it... Same weekend. 

How can this be? There's nothing on the calendar and I've been registered since October.

My hear sank and my mind raced through a variety of unpleasant emotions. I didn't know what to think, but I knew that (once again) I would not be able to run The North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain.

I spoke to my wife and she understood how deeply frustrating it was for me and she said what I was hoping she would "Well, isn't there another one you could do?".

Green light! 

Since I've become interested in Ultras I had been scoping out events that I might be interested in doing. One of which is Connecticut's  Traprock 50k.

Traprock is a particularly intriguing event for me because it's in Penwood State Park located on Talcott Mountain overlooking Simsbury, a small Connecticut town where I grew up and my parents still live in the area.

Within a matter of hours I had double checked calendar dates, read blog postings about runners experiences and had completed my registration for Traprock 50k.

I'm in!

Traprock is just about a month away now and 3 weeks earlier than the Bear Mountain race.

Training is going well despite setbacks from some heavy, late-winter, snowfall that just happened to fall on scheduled weekend long-runs.

I'm anxious but I think it's a healthy anxiety, after all if you don't feel some excitement about an event, is it really worth doing?

In my web search for "Traprock 50k" I found some pretty cool posters from previous years. I'll be posting these in the office and above the treadmill as motivators.

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