It is starting to feel like summer here, and I like it. More daylight in the morning and evening makes it more likely that I actually get a run and/or a walk in each day. My summer race plans are now set. I'll be doing the Jemez Mountain 50 Miler on May 17. This one looks like a tough 50; it looks like each year they have made it a bit tougher and this year added a new 10,000+ mountain. Total elevation gain is now just over 12,000 feet making it similar to San Juan but with a lower average altitude. Rick and I ran up to about 10,300 feet last weekend (Old Stage Rd/Frosty Park) and regardless of how clear Barr trail is getting, there is still a lot of snow on North facing gullies higher up. We'll do one more higher altitude run this weekend to get ready for the Jemez race.
My June race will be the Big Horn Trail 100 on June 20. This one should be interesting; it starts at 11:00 AM meaning everyone has to run through the entire night.
And my goal race for the summer is the White River 50 Miler on July 26. I've heard really good things about this race from everyone who has run it, and I've always wanted to do it myself. The field is looking like one of the more competitive lineups of the year so I really hope I can arrive fit and healthy.
August will see me pacing my buddy Rick at Leadville. Since my first Leadville in 2001, Judy and I have been there every year in some capacity; it is my favorite race and we love the whole experience. Rick is shooting for a sub 20:00 this year and I plan on chasing him that last 50 miles to his goal. Judy's "race" goal for the summer is to be able to volunteer at one of the aid stations. She is doing great right now and is getting stronger every day. She is planning on going back to work in a few more weeks.