Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Change in Plans

Rarely do I end up not running a race I've entered, but that's what happened with last weekend's Jemez 50. My buds Deb & Steve moved to the Los Alamos, New Mexico, area last year and raved about the course's beauty & difficulty. I was easily sold. "We'll do another roadtrip; it'll be a blast!" However, as the weekend approached and I finally got around to Google mapping exactly how far this trip was going to be (1800 miles round trip, yikes!), it began to look more like one of those "This seemed like such a good idea in January" kind of ideas. Gas is up to about $3.50/gallon in California ($3.99 in Malibu yesterday). Because it was going to have to be a "quick" drive over and back, I just couldn't justify the trip. :(

BUT it ended up all working out for the best: I hadn't yet performed the required trail work for the Angeles Crest 100, and it just so happened that a work trip was scheduled for Saturday, with a training run on the course the next day. And, because I'm going to be out & about all summer, it just so happened that THIS was the only work trip I could make. Our merry band of 12 worked on the Idlehour Trail--I was a "clipper." (Ouch--the forearms were not pleased the next day.) One guy wielded a chainsaw for the bigger stuff, while others focused on trail rehabilitation and stabilization.

I have to say that I enjoyed the Sunday run a little bit more. After a restful and mostly peaceful--a couple of yahoos thought it was really, really cool to howl like coyotes at 11 pm--night of camping at Chilao, about 15 of us ran the 27 miles from Islip Saddle back to Chilao, roughly the second quarter of the course. We passed 7 or 8 PCT thru-hikers and a Boy Scout troop but otherwise had the trail mostly to ourselves. A nice run on a beautiful, sunny day with some cool people. :)

I felt a little bad about missing Jemez but knew it was the right decision.

7 comments:

olga said...

Sue, lets go for Jemez next year! I heard wonderful things about it, I wanted to go this year as well, but ended up doing Silver State 50M - not as pleased with terrain as I'd like to be (too much fire roads, all 45 miles of it).
Good for you to fill in the volunteer work! You are set for the summer now!

Bluenote78 said...

sue rocks!

bruno said...

hay sue! we're at peak oil. sell yer whip and git yerself a bike! (get on from hamtero/lloyd). you'd be a champion on a bike. bikin's easier than runnin' anyhow. (i'm into randoneurin' these days). jus' bike everywhere ya go and dominate yer so cal runnin' races. the days o' long road trips in cars is over! global warmin' and all. at least ya live in a nice place! what'd suck is livin' in, say, ohio or somesuch place with gas bein' so expensive.

Jamie said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! $4 a gallon? Yikes! Makes running to work sound all the more appealing.

olga said...

Sue, I am up for R2R2R next May? I'd love to do it this coming October, but I am out of flying miles/money and I might have a surgery right around that time. I am thinking we may have an awesome time with awesome people, I am so jumping! It would be so great to meet you, and hopefully before that too!

Krissy Moehl said...

We missed you at Jemez! It is a fantastic course and hopefully you can make it happen next year. Many times throughout the race I felt like I was on other courses - little bits and pieces of some of my favorites all in one! Sounds like you are doing well - enjoy the family vacation!

Sue J. said...

Krissy, great job at Jemez! (and great training for Hardrock, yes?)

Olga, I'm writing the GC R2R2R on my calendar for early May!! :)