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Discussion: Spring adventure

in: Bash

Oct 25, 2017 11:00 AM # 
Any plans for a Spring ultra in Europe in 2018? I'm looking for a nice goal that I can train for over the winter. Added bonus is having somewhere cool to travel to and meet other people at the end of it all!
Oct 25, 2017 12:22 PM # 
You’re thinking about an ultra? Cool!! If the lottery is kind to me, I hope to race in Chamonix at the end of August. That means there *should* be a winter or spring race - or both - but I haven’t made plans yet. I don’t suppose there’s any chance you could come to the southwest U.S. - there are some beautiful races there.
Oct 25, 2017 2:48 PM # 
Well, a short ultra. :-) I can manage to train for a 50k over the winter, I think.

I'm already planning to be in Arizona in February (organizing a training camp -- you should come!) and I'm not sure there's room on that trip to also do a big race. I was planning to get in some nice training runs down there, though, away from all the snow in Oslo (if it snows this winter...)

I was counting on you into goading me into some long adventure that I will only be marginally prepared for, not that you've ever done that before (cough, Birkebeiner, cough).
Oct 25, 2017 3:24 PM # 
How about this? Is it a conflict? I've been looking at it. I would enjoy goading you.
Oct 25, 2017 3:42 PM # 
Um, that looks pretty awesome.
Oct 25, 2017 4:24 PM # 
They even have a half-marathon if you want to be goaded a little less.
Oct 25, 2017 6:44 PM # 
I don’t think a scenic half-marathon would scare me enough to motivate me to train. Intrigued by the possibility of doing the 55k at the end of my Arizona trip.
Oct 25, 2017 7:19 PM # 
Whatever it takes to scare you! If you're going, I'll sign up.
Oct 25, 2017 8:36 PM # 
I think it would work out. It conflicts with the second weekend of the Southwest Spring Week, but that's the weekend that Phoenix is hosting, so I have zero responsibility for anything. It would be nice to run those events, too, but I will have had a lot of orienteering responsibility before that so it's not like I'll be missing out too much. The other concern is whether a week+ of setting up orienteering training and organizing stuff makes for a good taper. That's how it's supposed to be done, right?
Oct 26, 2017 12:27 AM # 
That week would be an active taper but you wouldn't be running hard. Your first ultra should just be about finishing, learning, eating, drinking, looking at scenery and having fun. If you decide to do more ultras, you might want to set time goals, and then you'll want to take it easy for a couple of days beforehand.
Oct 26, 2017 7:44 AM # 
Well, the 55k and the 50 mi are already full. :-(
Oct 26, 2017 10:47 AM # 
No!! :((( Crap, I saw an ad for it just last week. I guess they must have strict limits because of the special location. Back to the drawing board.
Oct 26, 2017 1:11 PM # 
They do have charity bibs!
Oct 26, 2017 6:54 PM # 
I saw that. I liked your idea of trying to get a group to go but I doubt most people would want to bother doing that. Maybe this should be a 2019 plan.

I've looked around and can't find another 50K on the Feb. 24 weekend that is closer to Tucson than southern CA - not as convenient for you, assuming you're only in the U.S. for those two weekends and the week in between. :(
Oct 26, 2017 7:13 PM # 
I'll check Europe in early spring then. :)
Oct 27, 2017 7:55 AM # 

I'll pencil in Antelope Canyon for 2019. I've also long been eyeing the Colossal Vail 50/50 which takes place in November. It may be easier for me to travel to these kinds of things next year, so I've penciled that one in for November 2018. It's definitely not as spectacular as the Antelope Canyon course but the AZ trail in that area consists of a lot of glorious desert singletrack.
Oct 27, 2017 11:38 AM # 
It looks nice! Although it’s hard to imagine anyone flying to North America on Raid The Hammer weekend and choosing not to come to Hamilton. ;)

2019 plan sounds fun! We’ll have to find out how early it sells out.
Oct 27, 2017 11:46 AM # 
Ha, didn't realize that was the same weekend. If plans work out then I'd be able to drive to RTH so we'll see about Colossal Vail!
Oct 27, 2017 11:56 AM # 
A team of top U.S. women orienteers placed 4th (if I remember correctly) overall at Raid The Rib one year. Maybe a few of you could get together and kick some butts again next fall!
Oct 28, 2017 4:25 AM # 
Here's one in the right timeframe that you could do without a flight. A bunch of us could goad you from afar.
Oct 29, 2017 12:08 AM # 
The Raid the Hammer female team that Bash mentioned was Ali C, Alex J and Amy L.

This year’s RTH course is apparently going to be Amazing
Oct 29, 2017 3:14 AM # 
Don't rub it in. :(
Oct 30, 2017 8:34 PM # 
Yeah, don't rub it in :(
Oct 31, 2017 9:11 AM # 
Pretty sure I have never in my life been in shape to keep up with Team Giggles.

The race in Norway looks interesting, though more likely to be soggy and cold than desert warm. :-) It's a bit long at 60km but it doesn't seem like a brutal 60km. Unfortunately it's the same weekend as the big Norwegian Spring orienteering races near Halden. Choices, choices... My mom wants to go to France during her Spring Break so I am also looking for something there in that time frame. Probably a little more motivating to have to travel farther and run in something more different than home.
Oct 31, 2017 12:05 PM # 
When is her spring break? France has a trail race almost every weekend.
Nov 1, 2017 9:31 AM # 
March 10-25. I think if I do combine the two then what I'd need to do is tag on a race (for my birthday!) after they leave, so the 24-25 weekend (my mom will want a few days to recover from the travel before going back to the, students).

In other news, this race looks like fun and a nice warm-up to a longer race:
The 30km seems appropriate for the timing. Short enough that finishing should not be an issue, long enough to necessitate real training if I want to actually enjoy it.
Nov 1, 2017 11:59 AM # 
That one looks fun! I’ll check those dates in France.
Nov 7, 2017 3:22 PM # 
Sorry for the delay. Our Internet was so unreliable in Yosemite that I fell behind on lots of things.

There are a couple of ITRA (International Trail Running Association) member races in France on the March 24-25 weekend:

Trail des Piqueurs - 52 km - 2500 m D+
Near Lyon

This one looks perfectly suited to orienteers - some scrambling and even "clinging to trees". You can do it as a two-person relay, which might be fun. Preparing for this one would be a mix of running and strength training.

Trail des Tranchées - 55.8 km - 1300 m D+

This one looks like more of a runner's race, i.e. less technical terrain, more like cross-country running. I think the other race would be more interesting but then again, I'm not much of a runner. I don't know where you will be in France so the location might make one race more suitable than the other.

These are just the ITRA member races; there are bound to be more!

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