It’s been approximately a month since I last posted. In that time, I managed to put 2,000 miles on my car, visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, fly-fish the Bighorn River in Montana, and not run a step for two weeks. I decided to take this relatively spur-of-the-moment vacation after the high school season ended and I raced* Bay To Breakers 12k.
The high school season ended wonferfully with an all-state performance in the boys 4x800m relay and some really good performances from Chandler and Alani in the 1600/3200 and 800. After Chandler’s PR in the 1600, I boarded a flight to San Francisco to run on the LinkedIn Centipede for Bay To Breakers. A centipede is 12 guys bungeed together with 1-2 floaters that run alongside and jump in if needed. I was a ‘floater’ who ran alongside. I made it 4.5 miles before I couldn’t keep up anymore and fell back. The guys on the team were great and it was a ton of fun. The 12 guys ran a new world record of 36:45 for 12k! Thank you LinkedIn for sponsoring the team!!
I had cut back training after the 25k with one day off and only 2 days during those 8 days did I run more than 45 minutes. I felt progressively worse each day though. Looking back, I had a couple really good workouts in early April and then all of a sudden it seemed that I stopped recovering. I’ve kept my mileage low – max of 90 miles – since February and still haven’t felt the same. In addition, I’ve had a couple negative events happen with people who I thought were friends mocking me on twitter as well as some unethical business practices.
Luckily I had some real friends who invited me on a 9 day fly-fishing trip to the Bighorn river in Montana. On the trip back from San Francisco I made the decision that I’d leave Wednesday morning after the high school track banquet on Tuesday night and drive to Grand Teton National Park – then Yellowstone – then Ft. Smith, Montana to meet the friends for the next 9 days. It was an incredible trip as I got to see some of the most beautiful areas of the country, fly-fish one of the best rivers in America, and not have a structured life.
Each day in Montana was similar, and couldn’t have been better!
7:30AM – wake up, coffee made on a percolator, breakfast and pack up cars to drive to afterbay.
8:30AM – arrive at afterbay and load boats. Start fishing by 9 or 9:30am.
9:00AM – 6 to 8PM Fly-fish!
8PM – Make and have dinner from food made over the campfire on cast-iron skillets
9-11PM – drink beer and whiskey by the campfire until heading to the tent for sleep
Now I’m back in Boulder and have run each of the last 7 days. I’m excited to begin really training and preparing to be better than I’ve ever been. The simple lesson US marathoner Paige Higgins told me once, “sometimes, you just need to press the reset button.” For me, I needed to get away and enjoy parts of the country I’ve never been to before. This morning, I’m looking forward to a nice run with one of my idols Benji Durden and friends. I have some time before I’m at peak fitness, but I’m happy about that. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead with positive enthusiasm and a chip on my shoulder.
“First with the head, then with the heart, that’s how you stay ahead from the start” -The Power of One