It seems like I just got back from Iron Horse, but there's no rest for the weary this weekend! It's time to lace 'em up (screw shoes? Yak Trax? snow-shoes? Who knows?!) and head to the Massanutten Mountains for 71 miles of fun at the Reverse Ring! Despite the crazy amounts of snow we've been hit with in the region, the RD's think they'll be able to get vehicles to the various Aid Station spots on the trail, so the race is officially on!
Some of you may recall my regular "Ring" run last fall that qualified me for this "invitation only" winter version of the race. I honestly have no clue what the trail conditions will be like out there, but I'm guessing the most descriptive word the whole time will be SLOW. Even though it's only 71 miles, I'm 100% sure it will take 3 or 4 hours longer than my 100 miles at Iron Horse two weeks ago, and that has nothing to do with my legs being tired! Quite honestly, my legs feel great (I know I'm recovered when I can run my usual 8.5 mile loop at around 6:40 pace, and that's what I was able to do yesterday), and I'm ready to have some fun out there, no matter what the nasty trail throws at us. It'll be a small race (since it has such a stout qualifier and, let's be honest, is held at a purposely crappy time of year for mountain running!), but there will be about 20 of us lining up to rock and roll out there this weekend. I'm not sure about Utterli (their site is back on the fritz again), but I'll try to call a couple times anyway. If nothing else, I'll be back on Sunday to post a quick report!