We interrupt your most recent powder excitement with an important announcement from your friends in the YPWGP ultra-distance department. With a couple of Half Ironman distance races and an overall goal to improve my times at that pace, I was looking forward to my race season, but it felt like something was missing. In the past, each season has been centered around at least one event that was both very exciting and very scary. It seemed that this was missing from my planned race schedule. When I mentioned this to my friend Andrew, he was not shy about confirming my suspicions. After the call, we decided the best thing to do would be to sign up for what will be my first ultramarathon, and it should be a doozy. The Bear Mountain Ultramarathon, not far from West Point, is a 50 mile trail run that includes 7000 feet of climbing over all kinds of east coast rocks, roots and streams. Estimated finish time should be about 13 hours. It should be a true challenge, and better yet, we plan to film our confessions at regular intervals throughout the race – which should ultimately make for some great entertainment.
I plan to periodically interject about what is going on in training terms as we go forward, but it is always exciting to start planning the first summer adventure before winter has even gotten into full swing.