I was honored to have been selected for the 2012 La Sportiva Mountain Running Team and their support far exceeded my expectations. I had many opportunities that I would not have had without their support. I was also excited to have the support of Mountain Khakis. A company that embraces the outdoor lifestyle and the extreme side of life outside. Thank you La Sportiva and Mountain Khakis!
Throughout the year, I had 3 DNFs (did not finish) for various reasons. Each one taught me what I needed to do and what I shouldn't have or should have done. I also had some successes. I won the Oriflamme 50K, various podium finishes, and attempted a challenge through the mountains around Big Bear that has paved the way for others to attempt. I also had a tremendous opportunity to attend the Idaho Mountain Festival to put on clinics about trail running, lead group runs, and race in a trail half marathon. The weekend was incredible with all the climbers and trail runners.
On the family side, I am extremely proud of my twin boys. They have excelled in their sports of choice with Skyler making a travel basketball team and Dakota making a travel soccer team. Adding these into the mix will surely make 2013 an interesting year. Trying to coordinate different practice schedules, games, my training, and my racing........wow!
For 2013, I am looking to keep things much more focused with two 100 mile races, one 24-hour race, and a handful of 50K races. My training is beginning to ramp up now and I am looking at my first race in February. I may also work in my second attempt on the Seven Summits of Big Bear Straight Through. This may involve removing a hundred mile race from the schedule. I have also signed for another year with La Sportiva and look forward to another tremendous year with them. These guys are always there to help and in my "unbiased" opinion, make the best trail/mountain running shoes on the market.
I know my blog posts have been few and far between, but I am going to make a better attempt to keep more frequent post for 2013.
To everyone, Happy New Year and I hope you are all setting your goals high. With the right plan, those goals are achievable!