Now that a plane ticket has been purchased, I can present my racing/hard trips plan through the end of summer.
April 2: Whitefish Pole-Pedal-Paddle
-I plan to ride to the start with skis and packraft, be DFL at the end of the boating leg, ride up to Big Mountain with all my gear, lock to bike, skin the mountain with the boat, ski down, drink a beer, and ride home.
April 23: Grizzlyman Adventure race
-I’m hoping to not slow Bill down too much, and to try as hard as possible to win what is sure to be a competitive category. Looking forward to another extremely well-run race, and to whatever Josh has up his sleeve to make it long and hard.
mid-May: Bob Marshall traverse
-I hope to do skiing, packrafting, and hiking on this trip, making the timing somewhat dependent on the weather. Yet I need to get off the fence and arrange the time off work. The linked-to route is my best present idea. I’d be aiming for 4 days.
mid-June: The North Fork 100+
-I want to do a variation of the super-fun trip I did last July, but with the variation of going down the Kintla valley and traversing Mounts Cleveland and Kintla along the way.
June 25: Old Gabe 50k
-This race is supposed to be fun, Danni is doing it, and it is run by the same awesome folks that put on the Devils Backbone 50 miler.
July 17: Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic
-The year’s A race. I plan to do the “normal” route shown in Roman’s video, and to do as much as I safely can to contend for the win.
late-August: Wonderland Trail circumnavigation
-In one push, or close to it. I’ve wanted to do it for years, and this and the Classic should sort out my resume so I can enter the Hardrock lottery this winter. Not to say I’m looking to beat it, but the unsupported record is soft. Hopefully Danni will bail on Cascade Crest and do this with me instead.
Unfortunately, due to time off work and $$, southern Utah will be pushed til autumn. There are numerous other goals (mostly skiing) that will get folded into all this. Looking at it, I’ll need to take advantage of weekends while I can.
The trajectory of these goals is not an accident. The next two months of shorter stuff is put in place to build speed (a relative concept here) before the next two months of building endurance at that speed. Then I just have to go to Alaska and destroy myself.