Zion Canyon 2011

Zion Canyon 2011
Zion Revisited 2011

How To Approach an Ultra or Ironman

Jordan Rapp quote sums it up!

This Jordan Rapp quote sums it up.
"It's about the process. It doesn't matter what you do tomorrow and it doesn't matter what you did yesterday. It's about today, and making today count. That's especially true in training, but it's the same mentality that I carry into racing. Focus on the task at hand, not on the finish line, or the next part of the race, but what it is that is right there in front of you in the moment."

Monday, January 2, 2012

Looking Back at 2011

Well I can't say I'm totally satisfied the was 2011 went down, but I really shouldn't complain. The January highlight was the "Beer N' Beef" Curling Bonspeil. I have since hung up my broom, as it was pretty tough to curl after doing some long training runs. Some nights I could hardly get back up after throwing my rock. Last spring I decided to concentrate on running.
 In February, I got a physical done and all is well. My blood work was stellar, showing no ill effects from all the hamburger, beef, sardines, bacon and eggs I've been consuming.
A Loaf of Meat

 In March, absolutely nothing happened except my first "Yard Sale" crash.
 In April, we had the Glacier Ridge 50K in Pennsylvania, a very tough course, but I felt I was running well for this early in the year. It was a fun family trip. The next week was supposed to be the Seaton Trail 50 miler, but I chickened out after seeing the horrible weather. Good choice though, only 47 started and there were 44 DNF's. I'm pretty sure I would have been # 45.
Good call on the DNS.

So feeling guilty, I went out the next day and had my worst fall ever, taking six weeks to recover from from what I'm pretty sure were broken ribs. They can't see them on x-rays, and there's nothing they can do for you anyway. After that, my running went downhill pretty fast.
 In June I flew to PEI with the girl to check out the University. Nothing in July. In August, Portage and me flew to British Colombia the check out real estate. Portage had her 50th birthday party and the Pylons went to Michigan where I completed my first 50 Miler!
 September was Awesome, I flew to Halifax with The Boy to get him settled at Dalhousie University. Epic run over the bridge from Halifax to Dartmouth. Then later, 'Tage and me flew to Italy for a fantastic 10 day holiday. Another setback for the running (and the diet).
Ate pasta for the first time in 2 years. Not Good for the diet, but the best I've ever had.

October highlights were volunteering at the women's only 10K, and passing my "One Year 'Till Retirement" date of October 31st.

  November was the fantastic trip to Utah/Arizona/Las Vegas, where I ran the Mesquite Marathon and set a road marathon PB at age 53 of  3:47. Now that I look back at that, I'm sure I can beat that mark next year if I don't hurt myself again. Portage left her job after over 30 years at the same company and is now on permanent holidays.
  December was the always fun Egg Nog Jog, my first race ever back in 1999. 12 years later, I only ran it  1 minute slower.
 I fell a little short on the mileage goal this year,  I ran 1545 miles (2486 kilometers), 24 miles less than 2010.So I ran the equivalent of Toronto to Denver. My rib injury, Italy trip and a piriformis twinge at the end of the year did me in. So in 2012, I'm gonna try for 1600 miles.
  I'm at the unfortunate podium age of 54 next year. Oh well, as long as I lose my Christmas weight and don't hurt myself.............
Remember, carbs are the enemy.

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