New year = new challenges

Welcome 2011, and so long 2010.  I don’t really have anything against 2010, in fact it was overall a pretty good year for me.  I did many things, went many places, and had a lot of fun.  Sure there were the bad, sad, and crappy times but they were not in the forefront like they were in 2009.  If 2011 carries the torch that 2010 started it will be great year for me and my family.

So, new year=new challenges.  That is true.  For me the challenges this year will be to compete way more than I did last year and to really push myself to do things that the voice inside my head is telling me not to.  Not the things like try to drive the Suburban like a Bugatti Veyron through the streets, but the things like try to do some races and events that have intimidated me.  I might get the mountain bike down and take it back to where my endurance sports racing began.  Or maybe I will look to do distances well beyond anything I have ever thought of running in the past.  A 50K at altitude in Colorado, why not? Who knows, but I need to bring some fresh new challenges.

I stated earlier that training during the holidays can be difficult, and I kept my end of the bargain by not fully training as I wanted to.  I did get some good quality training in, and I can still feel my overall endurance improve and now that I am back in it I can feel it coming back and then some.  This Sunday I will be racing the Xterra White Mountain trail race.  I am not looking to bust onto the podium, but I am looking forward to letting loose and seeing what I can do at this point in time.  Hopefully it is the start of a great year of running and racing for me.  I hope to get at least 2 50K’s done this year but in searching the online race calendars I don’t see a lot that will fit into when I have time to travel and properly train so we will see what happens.  New challenges right?

I have been making an effort to get a more vegetable and fruit based diet worked in and so far it is going ok.  I ate at Pei Wei a few nights ago and had tofu instead of chicken in my Spicy Korean dish.  I did miss the taste, texture and smell of the chicken but I ended up being satisfied with what I ate and I do think that I have a bit more energy than usual.

Took a trip up to Sedona a few weeks ago and that was a blast as it always is.It was not as cold as it has been in the past, but as usual it snowed several inches and temps dropped into the teens 2 days after we left.  I got in a few good runs, but the combination of hills, altitude, and lack of quality runs caught up to me.  Still they were great runs.  I wanted to get up to Flagstaff to see if I could bump into Ryan Hall, but it was a no go.

I really wish there was a way to move up there but getting my wife to agree to move there is next to impossible.  Although she did say this trip that she could see herself living there.  Huge strides!


We took a little side trip to Page Springs Cellars to get a christmas present for my mother.  It is owned by the guy who co-owns Arizona Stronghold with Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer singer MJK.  Pretty cool little winery right in the middle of the Verde Valley.

I got the new iPod Nano for Christmas, it is a great piece of equipment for anyone who listens to music while running or working out.  If you are in the market for a new mp3 player, give this one a long look.

I really don’t have much more to say, so here a little motivational video to get you going.


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