|Heading up Rat Jaw with Ty Draney|
PC: Leon Lutz
And 1 1/2 laps into Barkley my knee (possibly as a result of over training and not enough recovery) decided it was done. Mentally, I was fried. I didn't realize just how much mental energy I was wasting worrying about the unknowns that Barkley presented. What will the terrain be like, will I be able to navigate, can I keep up with a veteran and remember the course, what will the weather be like, do I have the right nutrition and equipment, will I actually get off the weight-list? The mental stress was relentless, and taxing.
I took the rest of April and most of May off, going for a run if I felt like it, more often than not just going for a mellow hike. I organized a monthly neighborhood hiking group, hitting Mt Van Cott, Mt Wire, Grandeur Peak and Red Pine Lake over the summer months.
With the Valley View Neighborhood Hikers
|Vaquero Loco 50K|
Corral Lake with Greg Norrander
High Uintas Wilderness
Dead Horse Lake-High Uintas Wilderness
I had a great time exploring some new hiking trails in Acadia National Park with my family.
Acadia National Park
And finally, after struggling with daily self-motivation sessions to train for and run the Mogollon Monster, a tough 100 mile Hardrock qualifier in Arizona, I decided 2016 was done as far as racing goes. And I have enjoyed every moment spent outside since then. I switched modes from "training" to "enjoying" and more often than not, when I was on a trail, I had my binoculars and/or bow and arrow in hand and was moving slower than I had in years.
Late Season Archery Elk hunt.
|This bull gave me the slip over and over again|
I renewed friendships that had lain fallow while I concentrated on "fast and far."
|Best 25-year High School Reunion ever.|
with Drew Cooper and John Ballou
I do know that whatever I end up doing, I'll take the time to Enjoy, Rest and Recover.