Gain: ~10,000 ft
|Tour de Mont Blanc (TMB) 2009 (Italian side)|
We're driving to Arizona early friday morning where I'll set up camp at Javelina Headquarters and then the fun begins 6 am the following day. If you're interested in my real-time position during the race and (1 loop= 15 miles) you can go to this link this Saturday and early Sunday: http://www.
I also submitted an application to the Hardrock 100 people to be able to enter the lottery and even though I didn't run in any of their qualifying races my backpacking resume was enough to get me in, which I was ecstatic about. That is an adventure I would absolutely love to experience and it's right up my alley: lots of hiking in the mountains at altitude. I'll need some luck in the lottery and I'm crossing my fingers. If I don't get into that, I'll enter the Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc (UTMB) in August, a tough but absolutely beautiful trail I backpacked in 2009. However, that all depends on my success at JJ100 because that gives me the necessary points needed to enter. Oh, and Western States 100 applications are due this Saturday. A lot is happening now with the lotteries coming up in December, and my twenty page research paper on the best current evidence for treating running injuries (good new stuff related to shod-less running) is due at the end of this month. Phew!
Good luck to all 100 runners this weekend!