The Journal is Difficult/2018 Race Schedule

I find myself struggling to stay motivated to write weekly updates that are glorified summaries of my training. Although it is beneficial for me to personally recap the week, I feel the journal serves as an unnecessary step in recounting my training for a couple reasons:

  1. I can see all my training data on Strava and via my Garmin. The data I tend to put on here is imprecise at best and, at worst, paints an inaccurate picture of each day. I don't put in the effort to talk about whether or not the vertical gain was via rolling hills or one continuous uphill push---I could write about this in the description below, but honestly that seems tedious when I have two separate applications which compile that data for me automatically. In addition, while I am (obviously) interested by data, I would prefer that it doesn't consume my every waking moment.
  2. I already recount my training days in a note to my coach, David Roche. While those aren't always super in depth and are usually filled with sentence fragments and exclamation points, it gets the job done. Recapping it for a third time seems like overkill.
  3. There are only so many ways I can say, "The sun was beautiful" without sounding like a pretentious ass while I write. Trying actively to keep that to a minimum.

Because of all this, I have honestly no clue what the future of this journal will hold. Most likely random thoughts. Perhaps a bit of everything. I have a few goals in mind, but none of them are fully formed and quite honestly there are currently more important things in my life than keeping up a blog that, at this point, is only mildly interesting to anyone reading. My hope is to create something that is at least moderately interesting, but I'm not setting the bar that high yet.

If you care enough about my training, you should be able to see it all on the main homepage. And now, *drumroll please* I will present to you a fairly preliminary 2018 Race Schedule!


February 17: Red Hot Moab 55k. 

April 14: Rattler Trail Race 25k

April 28: Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race 50k

June 15-17: Broken Arrow Sky Race 52k.

July 22: Kendall Mountain Run

July 28-29: Audi Power of Four 25k.

August 31-September 2: The Rut 50k

October 6-7: Flagstaff Sky Race 55k.


Music/Video of the Week:

Well, it is officially Christmas season.