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December 16, 2005

Statement Year

Wow, I've been tagged twice in three days - apparently these things traverse the blogosphere like a virus in the winter. This time the challenge is from Karen to pick one word to describe my 2006 training season and/or goals.

I haven't pondered my schedule in great detail yet, except for a couple of perennial favorites: the Big Sur Marathon, and the Dipsea Race in Marin County. But I do have an idea of how I want the year to play out.

I want to run a fast marathon again. For me, that means sub-three hours. I've done it a handful of times, but not for a couple of years now because I had different goals. In 2004 my main goal was to run a sub-five-minute mile, and in 2005 I was focused on the Pikes Peak Marathon and then with running my first ultra. I really had no fire in me to also pursue marathon PRs.

So 2006 is marathon year. And I'd love to run sub-three again. Especially at Big Sur.

Yet I can never tear myself fully away from running the trails. In June I'll do my 9th Dipsea Race, which is simply the most fun and most intense trail race anywhere. The race brings out this wild side of me that is normally kept under wraps. I don't ever want to let that wildness slip away completely.

And then I have this thing about triathlons. Here's my deal: I've always known that running is my true love. It's uplifting, comfortable, reliable, beautiful, and brings out the best parts of me. It's always available when I need it, and able to provide almost anything I ask of it. I hope to dedicate my whole life to it.

But triathlon is like this totally hot, youthful, passionate mistress that I just can't get out of my head, and can't resist chasing every couple of years. It would never work out for me if I tried a long-term commitment with the sport, but there's nothing more exciting to me during the brief periods that I embrace it.

My last triathlon was in 2004, so I'm getting the itch again to do a tri in September 2006, either in Pacific Grove (Olympic) or Santa Cruz (Half-IM).

That's the year in a nutshell. As for the right word, I thought of this:

Have you ever watched football or basketball on TV, when one team scores an impressive victory, or another team pulls off a major upset? Announcers often call such events "statement" games, meaning, the team's performance announced what kind of team it really is, and what it is capable of when running on all cylinders.

So that's my word - statement. The events I'm entering each reflect a different aspect of me, but when considered together, they describe the person I aspire to be. And hopefully the results will accurately show what I'm capable of.

I want this to be a "statement" year. A fast marathon, a hardcore trail race, and a triathlon. This is who I am. This is how I roll.


Downhillnut 12/17/05, 8:17 PM  

I knew you'd come up with a fabulous word, and a great concept. I'm looking forward to see what your Statement really says about you this year!

Wil 12/20/05, 7:53 AM  

This is my favorite post of y ours. I love the last few lines!

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