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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

8.5 myles - 1.01:19

East/West trail - 2:00 P.M.
80 degrees, dry trail, no wind
mind/body - good/no sore
easy effort

Prescribed workout: 30 - 60 minutes easy

Actual workout: 8 myles 1.01:19 avg. 7:18 easy effort

Legs felt really good today. Nothing sore like I was after WTC. I'm not sure what made the difference but maybe for the simple fact that I took on Ultragen immediatly following the race I could have spared my legs.

On another note, I received my official invitation for Western States today. I gotta admit it's very tempting! I am a multiple WS lottery loser (non consectutive years) and I tried for the past two years to qualify in the Montrail series but to no avail. In those two years I've kept busy filling my race schedule with other races and one in particular - Hard Rock. Hard Rock has filled that void and has since become my Super Bowl. And because of this I will have to say "NO" to Western States as the races are three weeks apart. It's gonna kill me to say no but it's the right thing to do. HR is the ONE race you have to be 100% no matter if it's a goal race or not. I'm sure if I continue to run well I will have another shot at WS but next time it will be as a master. I think the WS board should meet and award my slot to either Geoff Roes or Phil Kochik based on running resumes alone. I know it will never happen but it's just my opinion. If it truly is a championship then it should field the best runners and these two fellas are among the top!
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