Is it 2015 already?!? Holy cow, this year just blew by. It's already time for my favorite January ritual (see '06, '07, '08, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14) - perusing the growing lists of 700+ trail, cycling, and triathlon events we are so lucky to choose from, and fill the calendar with as much adventure as possible. Few things energize me and fill me with optimism like a full race calendar. I can look forward and get all the motivation I need to train and make healthy choices (well, healthier choices anyway), or look back and smile, knowing that this is LIFE and I decided to live it.
So with that, I give you my 2015 season:
Rocky Raccoon 100m, Huntsville, TX, 1/31 - This flat and fast 100-miler is known for wicked fast times, and is the 2015 USATF 100-Mile Trail National Championship. I've done plenty of hilly 100-milers, but never a quick one like this in cool temperatures. The loop course means I'll get a chance to see these 13-hour speedsters in action, and perhaps contend for the Masters title to match up to my 50-Mile Trail and 50-Mile Road USATF Masters titles from 2014. My Dad is going to crew for me, so no excuses to not go fast!
Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI, 2/18 - The family is headed to Kauai for the kids "ski week" vacation (I think I'm the only snow lover left in this house, but beach is nice too), and I get a day pass to run a 20-miler on the Na Pali Coast Trail. Not a race, but sure be an adventure!
Napa Marathon, Napa, CA, 3/1 - Always a fun race, and a nice excuse to get up to the wine country. Not so ironically, I was a bit tipsy when the email announced registration had opened, and lo and behold, a registration receipt soon followed. Damn, they got me again!
Marin Ultra Challenge, Marin, CA, 3/14 - Inside Trail Racing (ITR) has some great races lined up for 2015, including this one, Pacifica, Fort Ord, and a new Woodside Crossover race that takes runners into my favorite trails in the Purissima Open Space Preserve. The MUC fits my calendar, so lets roll!
Boston Marathon, 4/20 - What do you do when you reach your goal of streaking Boston ten times? Keep going, I guess. ;-) Honestly, this race and I have been through so much in the last decade it's hard to think of not doing it. It's like a family reunion with all my favorite road runners.
Big Sur Marathon, 4/26 - Big Sur and Carmel have become a family favorite locale, so it doesn't take much convincing to have them come down for my birthday weekend. The Boston 2 Big Sur is a great double, and there are some super fast runners rumored to be taking a shot at Michael Wardian's recent sub-5 combined time from last year. Can't miss that!
Bay to Breakers, 5/17 - I'm really just "support crew" for this one, as my 8-year-old Sophie vows to return with her cousins at her side next year. Apes, costumes, naked people, donuts at the finish...what's not to love?
Comrades Marathon, Durban, South Africa, 5/31 - Yup, I'm headed to Comrades! It's the biggest ultra in the world with 23,000 runners, and practically a South African national holiday. It's been on my bucket list since I started ultras, so the 90th running (an "uphill" year) will be time to check that box. I'm super excited for this one!
Western States 100m (pacing), Auburn, CA, 6/27 - I'll be pacing at Western States again this year, but more importantly I have a NEW GOAL for the WS lottery...I want to be the biggest loser ever in lottery history! It shouldn't be hard at this point, really. I lost with 32 tickets (76% chance of winning), and with 64 tickets will have a measly 96% chance of winning. I've lost 10 years in a row...one more and I'm the BIGGEST LOSER EVER! (nice reverse psychology, eh?)
The Death Ride, Markleeville, CA, 7/11 - My cycling buddies are gearing up for another run at the five peak, 15,000'+ vertical, 129 mile tour of the California Alps. Should be a blast!
Matterhorn/Zermatt, Switzerland, 8/7 - What luck! Another family vacation is going to put me in Zermatt for a few days to return to the great trails near the Matterhorn. I'll miss the Matterhorn 46k race by a few weeks, but will get a chance to tour this great course again.
Headlands 50k, 8/29, Marin, CA - This longtime local favorite in the Marin Headlands has been named the 2015 USATF 50k Trail National Championship. Gotta do it if it's in the backyard! Obviously it doesn't take much to get me to the Headlands anyway.
Flagstaff VK/55k, Flagstaff, AZ, 10/3 - As Skyrunning USA heads into its second year, the line up of races and prize money ($50k!) is better than ever. I love the Skyrunning format that allows you to do a Vertical Mile one day, then an ultra the next. The Flagstaff 55k is the finale for the USA series, and includes a bun-buster up beyond 11,000'. I want to check it out!
I'll leave the rest of the calendar blank for fun, recovery, and adjustments. I hope to see you guys out there!
So there you have it - my 2015 schedule. I better get training!