I like the concept of trail ultramathons because they are far more than races, but rather physical and mental journeys. Upper body strength and significant muscle mass is required to traverse the terrain and sustain the body for upwards of 25 continuous hours of running. Unlike the typical PC encouragement to finish races even if you're doing poorly, there is real merit behind the idea in ultramarathons. The sport itself is almost completely intrinsic; most top ultramarathoners are not sponsored and receive little or no pay for their superhuman efforts at events. Also, hydration and nutrition during events is difficult to get just right, and can often mean the difference between a rookie finishing with a great time and a pro being taken to the emergency room. Basically, it's a sport that lets just about anyone compete regardless of talent, and allows for hours upon hours of proving how much heart someone has.. my type of sport.
Here is my intended schedule:
July 19, Sequoia 50K
August 9, Mt. Disappointment 50 miler
December 6, North Face Endurance Challenge- 50 Miler
Janurary 17, Avalon 50 miler
March 21-23, Two Moons 100 milerhttp://www.zombierunner.com/events/zombierunner_sponsored/coyote_two_moon_ultras/