Monday, May 20, 2013

Last Big Week Before 100 Miler

Hmmm......eleven days to the Bryce 100. In a way, this does not seem real. This can't be me. I'm the guy who dreaded that 1 mile fitness test in college. I hated running. And now I'm trying for my 5th 100 miler. If I wake up and this was all a dream, then wow, that was a really fun dream.

This past week was my last biggish week getting ready for Bryce. I got in a 3 miler, 4 miler, 9 miler, 10 miler, and 17 miler. I'm pretty proud of myself that I didn't die during that 17 miler earlier in the week. It was 95 degrees and the most climbing I could pack into 17 miles.

I ran to some cell towers at the top of a mountain in Toqerville for the first time. Lots and lots of climbing. But the view from the top was pretty awesome. That line across the picture is a freeway down below.

I saw my first snake of the year, just a little one. As I pulled out my camera the snake slithered right toward me and into the trees. Well played snake. Well played.

After the cell towers I ran to Toquerville Falls. Out in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the bone dry desert is this amazingly beautiful waterfall. I seriously love this place.

I was positively melting by the time I got to this point. It was good though because I wanted to get in a fair amount of suffering during this run. Before a 100 miler it's good to get plenty of experience with bonking. I took my shirt off and soaked it in the water which cooled me down for a mile or two. I didn't want to leave our mini Niagra Falls.

Non-running update: Jackson has a few little league baseball games each week. I'm sad there is only one more week in the season. Nothing I'd rather do with my evenings.

Saturday was the 10 miler. I took Mel for her first visit on the Church Rocks trail.

Church Rocks is a fun mix of packed dirt, sand, slick rock, and dodging bazillions of grass hoppers.

Trail running is a fun way to spend time with your wife.

11 more days until the next big adventure. Only 11 more days.


  1. Gorgeous pictures - as usual.

    Wouldn't it be crazy to wake up and find your time was wonky or it was all a dream aka groundhog's day or that season of dallas (which I've never seen) or every tv series with bob newhart in it?

  2. Have fun at Bryce! Take care of the Boise guys when they realize it's hot in your neck of the woods!

  3. I always felt the same about my sons' soccer season ending. It's just cheap entertainment for the parents.

  4. wow oh wow!! Have an incredible race!

  5. Wow, the waterfall is crazy and beautiful. That's so cool!! Good luck...well in 11 days :)