I hope everyone has had an enjoyable week or so of holiday festivities. In all honesty, who here has put on a few pounds or lost a little pep in their step?
I've eaten more baked goods and consumed more porters and ales in the last 2 weeks than I have in all of 2011. I know my ounces of craft brew consumed rivals my miles run the last two weeks.....but it's been oh so sweet! I set out for a solid climbing run up in the mountains on Monday and met up with my father and brother in law for a nice day hike on some fresh snow and ice up high, it was quite enjoyable. The last two days have been spent recovering from a nasty upper respiratory infection and nursing a sick wife and two kiddos with infections and pink eye.
On that note I just wanted to encourage everyone to keep at it with their training, whatever that is to you, and to keep the goal in mind which is quickly approaching. I know the next three months for me will be heavier on the mileage and focusing on building up the climbing into my week.
A few things:
@ Eric Payne,
I think several of us will be converging in Phoenix at similar times, so we should figure out the nitty gritty details soon, especially for those who intend to purchase airfare now while pricing is cheap. Carpooling makes the most sense if at all possible, I know I intend to bum a ride.
To anyone else interested in joining us in April:
This is an entirely open invitation to anyone who understands the difficulty of doing a run of this nature. While we will be meeting as a group on April 14th, we all fully understand that this will be a personal endeavor once we head down below the Rim and how the day plays out will vary from person to person depending on their fitness, goals, and individuality. Mike and Art hit it on the head in their comments above. I'm sure some will naturally pair up or group up, others may want to suffer the joy of running the distance in their own headspace. I think it is assumed that we will be looking out for our fellow brothers and sisters throughout the day.
Happy New Year my friends!