Monday, May 19, 2008

To Pineland, or Not To Pineland

No, I am not Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Nor am I starring as the lead in the play of the same name where I would, in Act III, Scene I, recite what is arguably the most famous soliloquy in all of literature. Nor am I in such a state that is so undesirable and decrepit that mere non-existence would be "decidedly preferable to it". Yet, fellow bloggers, I am faced with a dilemma.

I am standing at the door-step of a house called the Pineland Farms Trail Challenge, a 50-Mile race on a course that is described as a 25k "off-road roller coaster" with hilly, "unrelenting" terrain. In my pocket is the key to open the door. If I open it (and enter the race), I will have bought into a 5 and a half hour drive to New Gloucester, Maine with either Frank or Emmy, 50 miles of roller coaster hills (although I love roller coasters...and hills), and another weekend with time away from the family (but it is a long weekend). If, however, I turn and walk away, I will be left to try to assemble 8 hours of training runs over the long weekend, likely alone.

I fear that, to a certain extent, I am being tempted by a beast that my good friend Bryon Powell calls "FOMO". No, not FOMO as in Fort Moultrie, Friends of Mulanje Orphans, or Fleet Operations and Maintenance Officer, or even worse, Fecal Organic Matter Output. FOMO as in running an event merely for the Fear of Missing Out. To decide whether to enter or walk away, perhaps I should engage in a thoughtful analysis of the ramifications of each option. Perhaps I should create a weighted pros and cons list. Better yet, how about I just flip a coin and go with that.

Well, they do have race day registration, so I have a few days to decide. In the meantime, I'm trying to work some "extra" cross training activities into my training regimen. After a work-related trip to Orlando, Florida on Friday and Saturday (and a 6 mile run in 90 degree heat that I so wasn't prepared for), I got in an hour of weights and an hour of ploymetrics training on Sunday, followed by some stairmaster and a bit of yoga early this morning. I still feel a bit worn down from the prior two weekends (pacing at the New Jersey Marathon and the terribly hilly Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50k).

11 comments:

  1. I was daydreaming about a bit of yoga this morning, I could really use a class to just center and unwind...

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  2. Dude, 5 hrs isn't that far to drive and you can "not run" after you're dead! Go for it! I would!

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  3. OK on behalf of the wife I say ASK HER FIRST! And then if she says coolio, PEACE ON OUTTA this mutha and go have fun on those roller coasters LOL

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  4. Maybe you should sleep on it, perchance, you may even dream on it.

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  5. I say you stay home with Ginette and the kids, actually I think it's time for you to start ur TAPER for GTR ;-)

    Relax...I hear it's going to be cold at the Tetons this year! so you should pack on about 30-40 pounds to keep urself warm on the top of Freds ...

    Happy Tapering Bro --lol

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  6. I agree with asking your family if they'd mind. I'm assuming them joining you is out of the question (I know that stunt never worked for me!)

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  7. Rest. Hang with the family. Pace yourself. Think David Horton longevity - 30 yrs. of ultrarunning...

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  8. Oh well...I'm a sucker for adventure and fun...I'm in.

    Neese - the yoga is so challenging for me. I'm clumsy as it is.

    Marcy / Anne / Scott - I kinda, sorta, maybe asked...ok, I lie, I told them I was going and bribed them by telling them I'd bring them back a cowbell (they give them to finishers).

    Bob - Taper for GTR ?? Maybe I should just come out and run Kettle 100 as well.

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  9. hmmm..guess it does not mean a thing that this was not on your training schedule!
    Ha!

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  10. hmmm..guess it does not mean a thing that this was not on your training schedule!
    Ha!
    and I agree that you should stay home with your wife and family!

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