So we are only a few days away from the Antelope Island races. Now the largest trail event in Utah with nearly 500 participants. With three events going on at once it should be quite exciting!
I'm excited to see what type of shape I'm in. Aside from my DNF at the Bear 100 I haven't raced since June of 08. Although my training has not been what I originally anticipated, I still feel like I can run a competitive race. I'm shooting for going under 7:30. The closer I get to 7 hrs the better, however, with my rather low winter mileage I'll be fortunate to hit 7:30.
The main competition should lie in two time winner Erik Storheim along with a couple of Colorado runners Tim Long and Nick Pedatella. Along with a slew of local Utah runners including Christian Johnson, Marc Sanderson, Shaun Christian, Rich McDonald, Roger Smith, Cory Johnson, Tom Remkes, Peter Lingren, Wade McFarland, Matt Connors, Scott Kunz, and probably several more unnamed runners, the competition should be unrivaled to any previous year. Plus,we have four Japanese runners including Hiroki Ishakawi, Patagonia athlete and 2007 Grand Slam winner. For all I know, they will come out and totally smoke us all. Hiroki should do well and has a very good chance of winning it.
The womens race should be Milada Copeland leading the way followed by Marcee Christian and Marci Lameroux. Of course there will probably be a few others but those three should definitely lead the way.
Last weeks mileage was good. 48 miles of 100% trail. I'll only do a one week taper for this event. It should be exciting!
For all three people that read my blog, say high to my wife who will be heading up the Mountain View aid station at mile 21/43. It will be the one with the big Canyon Sports tent. Give her a congrats as she is pregnant!