Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but am hoping that I’ll get back to regularly blogging again.Â (No, I was not in jail, btw.)Â First, I’m very happy to say that I’ve begun a new chapter in my life — I recently gave up my 3 year stint as an independent consultant to work at a local Dot.com as an IT Manager.Â Being on my own allowed a ton of freedom, but also meant periods of little/no income, which combined with a heavy race year was not a good combo — I feel (hope?) that this position/company will be a good balance.
This new job also allowed me to move back to Sierra Madre — been gone a long 6 months.Â I found a great 2 BR house, just a block away from downtown.Â I love it there!Â I’m still in the process of unpacking, and have no furniture, but should be settled in soon, so a house-warming shindig will be happening in the very near future.Â I’m getting settled in slowly but surely…I got my cable/Internet last week, and my 46″ Sony LCD arrived yesterday — for someone who has never had cable or TV, that’s a pretty big deal.Â But since I don’t even have a couch yet, I can’t become a potato — at least not right away.
My running has been put on the back-burner for the moment — logging only 3-4 days/week on very low mileage.Â I’ll slowly start ramping up again though in preparation of HURT in Jan — I suppose with some races (SM50K, SB9T, and OTHTC) coming up, I’ll have no choice.Â Speaking of which, I ran the inaugural Old Goats 50 Miler the other day, and was pretty pleased with the outcome, so hopefully it was a good warmup for the others.Â Perhaps I’ll write up a little separate report on that for my next posting…hey, I may just surprise you and actually do it for once!Â Just watch…
Btw, I sent in my WS application last week, but am hoping to not get in, since I’d like to do some different races next year.Â I do have some already planned though, regardless of what happens in the lottery — HURT, Coyote (I’m especially looking forward to this one), AC, and SD.Â I haven’t really thought about the others, but do know I’ll be putting in for Hardrock again.Â Since I’m the new guy at work, not to mention being a manager, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to swing as many days off for races as I did this year.Â So far, it doesn’t seem like it’ll be that big of an issue, but we’ll see — it’s only my 4th week.Â The fact I’m writing this now is a good thing I suppose, but it’s really no indication as to how things will be in the future — that’s just the unpredictable nature of technology.
My last 100 for the year was San Diego a few weeks back — I finished just before most of the area near there started to catch fire, and/or was evacuated.Â The edge of the Witch Fire came real close to where we ran, so it was pretty scary.Â Going home on the 15, I saw several big rigs on their sides, and those that were still upright were taking cover underneath freeway overpasses.
Finally, I wish I could say that I completed the Last Great Race, but I’m going to have to save that for next time — I suppose 7 out of 8 100’s (plus 17 other shorter races) this year is still a pretty decent accomplishment.Â Damn Leadville!