November 1st, yesterday, came and went with two notable items for me. First of all, I finished 18 student recommendations, a record for me. Shew! Most of the recommendations were quite good, some were even excellent, but a few were probably weaker than they would have been if I had been able to take a day or two more with them. I know that I nailed some of them, but I do wish that I'd had a day or two more for the final 3-4 letters.
The second item of note is that I signed up for this event:
So excited about Vineman! It's crazy that I signed up for a race that is in mid-July. Even crazier that it sold out yesterday - the first day that registration opened. After many conversations about 2013 with myself and with Michael ("I want to do an Ironman, I can't do an Ironman, it would be great to do an Ironman next year, this is a ridiculous idea for about a thousand reasons but I can think of a one or two great reasons...."), I - we - decided that such a goal was not a viable option. So, I've set my sights on two long-course races. I'm waiting to sign up for the other one, but my impatience got the best of me for Vineman. Turns out, that was a good thing!
As for the "why" - well, a lot of it has to do with timing. At the moment, I plan to head south to Nicaragua again in August and while I loved my experience at the Boulder 70.3, I don't want that race to cut into the Nicaragua trip. I will, however, still have time once summer break starts to both ramp up my training AND taper before the race in mid-July. Also, Vineman seems like it will be a great venue. California wine country - why not?! And the course sounds great.
I can't wait for July, but in the meantime, I'm focusing on my trail race November 18th. I pushed myself in October to run longer (and slower). This definitely isn't marathon training and makes me realize that tackling 26.2 would be rough (and I have no idea how I did it so many years ago) as I find that setting out on the double digit runs is daunting for me! I maxed out at a 13.5 mile long run two weeks ago, and I plan on a 15 or so mile run tomorrow. I'm excited and nervous about it and am trying to remember what a friend said - think about it as a fast hike.
So, fast hiking, here I come!