Up Next…..Tuscobia 150 Mile Ultra – Dedicated to the Memory December 16, 2010Posted by whereschrisscotch in Uncategorized.
Growing up playing baseball, my dad always urged me to visualize hitting the ball. To mentally create different situations and how I would react to various pitches, situations and events. A little trick I have employed over the years in many scenarios, athletic and otherwise. I have been visualizing this race for weeks now. Playing in my head how this race will go. Taking third person views of my running form and how it changes when pulling a sled full of gear. Preparing for the weather, most notably the cold weather. Trying to anticipate how I will prevent overheating, and the requisite freezing that occurs next as the sweat turns to ice on your body. I chuckle to myself though, as I know that no amount of visualizing the events of the next 3 days will actually prepare me for what is about to happen, but it might just help a bit….hopefully.
Tuscobia State Trail: “A mix of history and scenic beauty, the Tuscobia State Trail is a 74-mile abandoned railroad grade that provides four seasons of fun. ” The trail runs southwest from Park Falls to Rice Lake, WI through Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties.
Participants can Run, Bike or Ski/Skijour. I will be running, although I considered skijouring with Cooper, but didn’t feel like I have trained him enough for 150 miles just yet. Race starts at 7 am tomorrow (Friday). The cutoff is Monday at 7 am, or 72 hours.
There is a requirement for mandatory gear that must be carried by competitors at all times. This means a participant can haul a pack or pull a sled. I will be using a sled. The 150 miles will be an out and back from Park Falls to Rice Lake. There will be 5 aid stations/check points that will have water.
Given that I have zero experience with a race of this type, I have no idea what to expect for time. I finished the Sawtooth 100 in 30 hours, but I am not sure how relevent this information can be. Add a heap of snow, a sledful worth of gear and a pinch of cold; shake gently, and you come out with this guesstimate: 25 hours to reach the 75 mile turnaround. 35 hours to do the second 75 miles. Total time – 60 hours. Huh???
High and all over the place. Nervous. Excited. Slightly fearful. Anxious. I like my toes, no matter how mangled and hairy they are. And I find fingers really useful. I find my above average sense of smell fun. And I am sure I would look funny without one of my ears or the tip of my nose. And my legs, oh my legs. And back. What kind of shape will they be in after all is said and done. Uncertaintly, doubt and real risk abound, but alas, I have received some last minute inspiration that I can pull upon.
I received an amazing donation last night from a couple that is experiencing real pain. I called to thank them today and we talked a bit about their experience as well as the work that St. Jude does. I can’t imagine the difficulty of their loss. And their generosity to donate to St. Jude is astonsishing. They said thank you for the work I am doing and encouraged me to keep it up. Raising money for St. Jude is something I find to be a worthy cause. They offer hope for children when there is none. They do progressive research and share it with others so that more children might benefit. I feel my part is tiny, but I know every little bit helps. Each donation brings a small sense of encouragment to keep pushing my limits and to keep spreading the work of St. Jude. But to hear someone say “thank you” and to tell me this is all worthwhile touches me to the core. My heart aches for them, but at the same time they leave me full of hope and strength and a renewed passion to do more and bigger things for St. Jude. I would like to dedicate this race to this couple and their family. Thank you for making a difference to the children of St. Jude.