I think I've written about 10,000 emails since the last time I've written anything about my life, adventures or plans for 2018, so i figured I'd scribe a little. I'm just 2 days out from Hitchcock 100. This will be my 3rd time tackling these hills in the middle of December. The first year I completed 50 miles & last year Hitchcock 100 concluded a year of many 100 mile races and adventures. I've been sitting on the door steps of big monumental tasks like this before both feeling super ready & totally dreading them. Luckily for this one I've felt nothing but excitement and readiness for this 100. Weather doesn't look too cold and pretty manageable. Concluding by end of day Saturday (midnight) would be the most ideal race of my life but concluding somewhere between then and 4am will probably be more likely. In 100's though you never know, I got a good feeling about what I'm capable of if I can manage all the non-running things just right and have a little help from the ultra-gods maybe I can see sub 20. If not, after a year of craziness a finish is all I really want out of this one.
Winters in the mid-west are made for spring, summer & fall plans. I've been sitting on many different scenarios of how 2018 will play out but wanted to wait until after the WS & HR lotteries to get serious about them. With no luck at either lottery (LV is still out) I've had a mostly clear calendar for 2018 to play with. The Appalachian Trail has always been a passion of mine and it looks like 2018 I am going to make that dream a reality in mid-May @ Springer Mtn. My journey will not be about chasing any FKT's but it will be about moving well down the trail. For me, ultra-running gives me the ability to "move well in nature." That is what I get out of this sport, and this lifestyle. It's why I train. I get to recover well from big days and train to spend significant time in nature and that is exactly what I plan to do on the AT. So it's not a speed-record attempt or your typical thru-hike. Its is just me starting out everyday, moving as fast as my body will take me down trails and up and down mountains until I reach Mt Katahdin. Its also not solo or completely supported. I have the coolest group of adventurous cats in my corner so I hope to have many folks able to come out and help crew or give me a sweet pad to crash on for the night, but if not I plan to be able to go 3-4 days solo at a time without "needing" the crew vehicle. This is how I make the AT journey "mine." This way of doing it is the most "me" I can think of. Spending my days running the trail with great friends, new people or just me. My nights on the side of the trail, under a shelter, in a van or in a hammock. This is how I can make adventure the most "me".
So if you are looking for an adventure this winter/spring, let me know. I want to do a few shake-out type 2-3 day trips getting use to this type of day. So if you have a trail near you that you'd recommend for something like that and would like to show me around let me know. Or if you are in the AT area or would like to come out on the AT with me, please let me know. I've done some sections of it and its a pretty magical place.
I will write up a recap after Hitchcock 100 and let you know how horrible/awesome it was.