"Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense."
- David Blaikie

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Laz's Backyard Ultra


Getting excited about Laz's Backyard Ultra coming up 10/23. Not much known about the event yet since this will be the first year, but with Gary Cantrell at the helm it promises to be *unique*. 

The event will be sunup to sundown in and around Laz's property on a 9.5 mile figure 8 course including:
  • 2.5 miles flat & fast
  • 3.0 miles cleared undulating trail
  • 2.0 miles flat cow pasture
  • 2.0 miles uncleared hilly trail
After every 3 laps there will be a bonus 2.5 miles of flat fast road. (Some people like this kind of thing, but this worries me far more than "uncleared hilly trail").

Laz calculates that 50 km will consists of:
  • 10 miles flat & fast road
  • 9 miles "fast" trail
  • 6 miles cow pasture
  • 6 miles "slow" trail
50 miles would be:
  • 15 miles fast road
  • 15 miles fast trail
  • 10 miles cow pasture
  • 10 miles slow trail
And 100k is 50k doubled.... Math is fun!

No idea what to expect here. That's a lot of variety in healthy doses. Being not particularly good at anything may work to my advantage! I think I can handle the trail, the pasture, and the uncleared trail, but, okay, I've never run more than a couple miles on pavement at any given time. Seriously. I skipped the whole 5k, 10k, half & marathon thing and the thought of running 15-20 miles on pavement in one day is as mind boggling to me as Virginius Pass is to your average NYC Marathoner. So, good. Every good race pushes you out of your comfort zone a little.

Goals?? #1 Prove to the world that Polyester collared shirts are not only stylish, but are actually THE next big thing in endurance sportswear. #2  Win.  #3 Figure out how to get into Barkley.

2 comments:

GeorgiaSnail said...

What a great way to introduce yourself to the "inner circle"...I am still admiring The Barkley from a far...

Joseph Lea said...

I think he may still have a few spots open. : )