Glow-in-the-Dark Bocce Ball. I think I’ve found the perfect taper week activity.
This epitomized my approach to the Waldo 100K. The proverbial hay was in the barn. I felt strong and confident from recent races and adventures around Mt. Hood. Nothing more to do really but welcome home rest and relaxation. When 3am rolls around and I rise to an eerie gong sounding off for the early starters, the space I inhabit feels calibrated. The body itches for mountains, more than it ever has before. I feel ready to spend the day exploring boundaries, encouraged by good friends and stiff competition.
Mt. Hood Circumnavigation with top-notch crew: Joe Grant, Yassine Diboun, Ian Sharman, Willie McBride, Trevor Hostetler and Joe Kleffner. 42 Miles. Incredible day in the mountains. See more of Joe’s incredible photos here.
It’s Friday night. 10pm. Contact lenses already plucked from the eyes. I was intending to wake up with the sun and get lost on Hunchback Mountain for 27 solo mountain miles. A favorite training run.
I get a call from Yassine. He’s on his way to race the Mt. Hood 50 the next morning and we talk race strategy a bit. Yassine has another idea for me.
“Why don’t you just mash up here tomorrow morning and see if you can get in the race?” He says. Doesn’t take much convincing.
Routefinding. St. Helen’s 30 mile circumnavigation with Animal Athletics cut short, too much snow. Beautiful day though, sniffed out some sweet, sweet singletrack a bit lower.