What’s The Haps?

training: i’m enjoying the off-season. i’m coaching a lot and increasing my client list – i love this job!. i’m still healing from my double hernia surgery, so there is a bit of residual ab pain and even worse are my hips. i used to think my hip issues were related to the hernias, now i’m not so sure. i’ve gradually increased my volume since my surgery, 11:51; 12:13; 15:06; with this week around 19 hours and next week being my peak volume week of this meso-cycle at 25 hour-ish. got in a good 30 mile road ride today with kimberly and i’ll ride 50 miles tomorrow… likely in a downpour. i’ve gotta be done by nuun so i can watch the seahawks with the boys.

skiing: this seattle weather is killing me! yesterday was supposed to be my first day in the backcountry on skis. the plan was to skin and ski mount rainier.. thwarted! crappy conditions had us then turn our attention to mt baker area, table mtn and ptarmigan ridge. woke up and the telemetry data said 1 inch of rain had fallen overnight and it was still raining below 6,000ft.



we hiked mailbox peak with 30 lbs backpacks instead. i’m still waiting on getting those first turns.

racing: i’m debating whether or not i’m going to do an early season 24 hour solo mtn bike race. i’m undecided partly because i really want to return to run big horn again. i won the 50k last year and would run the 50 miler in ’08 if i went.. and i’d hope ty draney would run another distance! however if i did the round the clock 24hr solo i wouldn’t be recovered for big horn, or even trained for it for that matter. recovery from a 24 hour mtn bike race is not joke, so i wouldn’t be able to race for over a month after, maybe longer. which makes me think maybe i’ll do it as two person team. when i think about local mtn bikers to race with… it would have to be my dart-nuun adv racing teammate ryan vangorder – doods a monster.

december 1st is the western states lottery. “there are a record number of entries in the Western States lottery this year (1,352!)… and a dismal 16% chance of getting selected.” this is from ajw’s blog, he then goes on to list the top male contenders who have signed up. it’s an impressive and intimidating list. gets me all fired up to run it!

coaching: coaching has been an absolute joy lately. i’ve just finished a 5 week session of weekly track workouts and demand was so high i’m doing another one in december!! i’ve also added to the client list a couple of adventure racers getting ready for primal quest 2008 – very exciting.

quote of the day:
“We have found that there is no conflict between our business model of everyday low costs and everyday low prices and being a more sustainable business,” Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott said in the Wal-Mart Environmental Report.