April 08, 2010
Training Through It - Diez Vista 50k
Didn't I just race a 50k yesterday? Kinda feels like that, but with Diez Vista being exactly three weeks prior to the Miwok 100k in San Francisco on May 1st, it makes for the perfect tune up race heading into the biggie!
What initially looked like it might be a two horse race, with myself and Chris Downie both competing at Miwok and both training through this one, now appears to have turned into a fairly competitive outing!
With a solid high intensity 130km of running last week, and an additional 160km this week, with 90km pre-race and a hopeful 20km on Sunday, this might be a bit of a leg burner for me...but I'm still shooting for nothing but an improvement upon last years course record of 4h15m.
How I think it'll break down:
Phil Villeneuve: Trans Rockies stud and recent course record setter upon the 25km Rubble Creek Classic
Chris Downie: Solid all rounder who trains as hard as anyone out there
Jacek Doniec: Recent winner of the 50k Dirty Duo in a very respectable 4h09m with a snow covered course
Darin Bentley: Plenty experienced on DV and ran solid 4h20 at Chuck three weeks back
Dustin Heidt: Last name HEIDT, need I say more! Used to consistently be at the top of the 5Peaks trail races. Yes it's Aaron's brother and YES they're ALL FAST!!
Mark Bennett: Third overall last year, but closing in on 50 now...an ageless wonder?
Last year I ran completely solo from the top of the first climb until the finish line, this year looks like I might get to visit 'the pain cave' early and often. I'm really looking forward to running against another good field of runners. Like I said before, this sport is getting faster by the day! I hope I can still keep up this weekend.