Focus Points for January:
- Continuation of late December base building to prepare for race specific workouts
- Implement progression and tempo efforts
- Rest for Rocky Raccoon 100 (early Feburary)
Rational for Approach:
In 2017, my goal races are all 100 miles or further; Rocky Raccoon 100, Western States 100, Javelina 100, and Desert Solstice 100 Mile and 24 Hour Track Invitational. I believe with all endurance events a very robust aerobic base is key. The stronger the aerobic base that is in place the better the response my body has to any course/distance specific workouts I may add in closer to race day.
Javelina was a mix of spur of the moment and long term desire for me. On one hand, I didn't plan on racing it this year until less than a month before the event. On the other hand, I have wanted to make my way to this event for a couple years now. It has all the beauty of trails, but with loads of runability. On top of that, it is put on by Aravaipa, which, for my money, is one of the best things going in regards to race orgainization in our sport. My misfortune at Cuyamaca 100k (see my race report) left me with no qualifier for Western States Endurance Run (WSER) and little time to secure one. With World 100k Championships scheduled for November 26th I didn't want to flirt with a super hard effort less than four weeks out, but Javelina gave me four weeks and I haven't raced hard since Spring, so I felt confident toeing the line at this year's edition of the party in the desert.