The race numbers continue to grow like a bad rash. Or, in this case a good rash, if there is such a thing.
Current ultra and a bit crazy athlete total (as of Jan. 28) – 678.
The number of 100 mile trail running adventure seekers is at 361. The 50 mile finish-before-dark has 317 hopefuls. The overall event is up a huge 55% from last year’s numbers.
As much as you can guarantee weather predictions a week out from the race, it is still a bit interesting to observe:
- It could be a wet week which could make trail conditions well – wet. From most, I am hearing the trail handles water fairly well, but there definitely could be some water sloshing in the low lying areas. It will definitely be a injinji sock day for me. The potential wet conditions are definitely not something to freak out about as we can’t control it anyways. In fact, it may just be a lot of fun! A bit of additional preparation such as rain gear/clothing and blister management may be worth thinking about. Also as mentioned by RD Joe P., drop bags will not be protected from the elements so you may want to use a waterproof enclosure/container for any aid-station special-needs goodies. Finally, as mentioned by a fellow NTTR member, “Remember, this is trail running – the muddier, the better.”
- Temps so far, will be extremely mild.
We should have an even clearer picture of conditions in the middle of next week. I am just trying to make you aware so you aren’t scrambling around at the end of next week to handle potentially wet conditions.
For the 100 mile athletes, it may be worth coming to terms with this possibility before race day – You may not finish.
Stats from the last few years tell us that ~68% of us will finish the 100 mile journey. Based on the current numbers registered, 115 trail runners will not finish. This is kind of a staggering number but we are talking about a significant non-guaranteed challenge – Reality.
So what to do with this?
Don’t forget to embrace the beauty of the day, and whatever it may bring; the trail, mud, sun, people, laughter, discomfort, pain, friends, trees, plants, diggers, conversation, and family. Control what you can control, to the best of your ability. Then run your ass off!
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
(Raccoon Photo: Courtesy of deste.)
Posted on 29 Jan 2010
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