Can you believe it? Where has the time gone? We are five weeks into summer and we have 5 more to go until midnight madness. Here's a great chance to assess where you're at with your summer miles. No matter how many miles you've put in so far....keep or get going! Ever day, every run counts toward achieving your goals. Remember, everyone wants to win in October, but few are willing to prepare to win in June and July. Are you a lion or a gazelle?
Two days into your summer training and there are some of you that feel like you are already worn, beat, and overwhelmed. Its early and remember that our goal is to be a better runner on 8/18 than on 6/09. If team mileage goals seem to be too much, cut it back a little and be consistent. Find something that challenges you but that you can do EVERYDAY, well, at least six days a week. Call some teammates and let it rip. Remember NOW is the time to get better and as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Haile Gebresellase "No race begins at the starting line." Check out one of his finest moments in one of the most exciting races ever run. You can bet that a little training went into this final moment. The race link can be found here.
More on his life here
Today's team run will be at the McCoy Creek turn-off on Hwy 89 near Alpine. We'd love to see you there!
As the above photo may indicate, Navidad vino temprano this year. No doubt, Hardrock 2014 is the main focus for my season this year. I have run it twice before, both times I was overwhelmed by the vastness of the San Juan's and the altitude. Even living at 6k and training at altitudes didn't prepare me for what the course had to dish out. So now I get a mulligan. A do-over. A third chance to perform well on the loop of loops starting and ending in Silverton. The field is stellar, the course burly, and I'll be moving to the 40+ age group. What does that mean? Not much, I'll just be older than I was last time I ran the course- which is better than the alternatives. I'm looking into getting an altitude tent and torturing my quads every chance I get to be ready for this monster. No guarantees that the lottery gods will ever smile on me again. To prepare me for this there will hopefully be a lot of adventuring involved. Our trip to Andorra last year gave me a traveling itch and hopefully I have the opportunity to scratch it. Early/late race plans are pending some of these possible ventures. My "other" little project next fall is a double Bear 100. I hatched this plan after my third finish and first 100 win in 2008 thinking that I could run it every year and do a "double" on my 40th for an even 10. Well, real life has been in the way and I only made it back to the race once-but the ideas has stuck. Yes it scares, me. Yes there will be some carnage but there is a part of me that is intrigued with the "strategery" that this will take to pull it off. The first event of the season will be on March 1st. I will be joining Jared Campbell and friends to raise money for Breath Utah via his RUFA. Come join us, make a donation-every little bit counts! Thanks in advance to those who help make these adventures possible. My family, Patagonia, Black Diamond, First Endurance, and Ultraspire. Time to saddle up and make some memories!
We will be holding our end of year banquet Thursday, November 14th @ 6:30 at the HS cafeteria. We will have a potluck dinner (Juniors and Freshmen bring a main dish. Sophomores and Seniors bring a salad. AND if you like to eat dessert...bring a dessert as well. :) We will do awards and watch the highlight film after the meal. Hope to see you there.
Friday morning at 8 a.m. we will be leaving for the Nike regional meet in Boise. Hotel rooms and bus transportation will be taken care of. Athletes need to pack a lunch and bring $ for two meals. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. We will return around 11 p.m. Saturday night. For more information and a meet schedule check HERE.
Thursday, October 24th, we will be having a dinner for the athletes who are going to state, after practice @ 5 pm at Coach Thompson's house (520 Twin Cliffs Rd in Afton).
The bus will be leaving for Sheridan on Friday, October 25th, at 7 am from the high school and will pick up in Thayne, Etna & Alpine as needed. We will be stopping a few times throughout the day to do a quick run and let everyone stretch their legs and get some fresh air, so come prepared with clothes to run in while traveling.
Athletes will need to bring their own food for the drive on Friday. We will be having dinner as a team on Friday night in Sheridan.
I've cut and pasted some information on the meet, directions to the meet (which will be held at the VA hospital grounds in Sheridan), and running times. Note to parents, there is a $4 entry fee to the state meet.
If our team wins a state title, we will be traveling back as far as Riverton and staying the night there on Saturday. No state title means a long haul home Saturday night...uugh! You may want to pack some extra clothes and a swim suit for 'when' we stay the night in Riverton. :)
2. $$ for dinner
4. racing flats
5. swim suit (not to be used until Saturday night)
6. extra clothes
7. your fastest racing legs
8. a winning attitude
3A West Conference Cross Country Championships
Friday, October 18th, 2013
Olive Glenn Country Club
802 Meadow Ln Ave
Cody, WY 82414
HS Girls race 1:00
HS Boys Race 1:40
Awards will take place after boy's race
Top 3 teams receive awards
Top 10 athletes from each race receive all-conference awards
We will leave on Thursday after school. Athletes will need their uniforms and to pack a dinner to eat on the way to Riverton. We will stay at a hotel in Riverton then leave the next morning for Cody. As per district policy we will provide meals the following day. We will leave Riverton at 9 a.m. to preview/run the course at 11 a.m. We will return home after the meet. We should be back in the valley by 11 p.m. Friday night.
We will take our top seven from this race to run at state. We will possibly take an alternate. Athletes who do not make the state team are welcome to continue to practice with the team but it is not required. If you are not attending the NIKE meet we will set a day to collect your gear and keep you posted on the post season movie/get together.
We will be hosting the first annual "Brave" the Run time trial at the Star Valley Vu Golf Course in Afton. We will start at 3:00 p.m. with MS Girls then MS Boys followed by HS girls then HS boys. Get ready to defend our home turf!
Here is an inspirational video-just in case you needed something to get you fired up for the last few weeks of the season: