I am scared, scared shitless about my next race coming up.

There, I said it, I got that off my chest and feel better for it. I will be out of my depth, hugely under prepared and very very much a fish out of water as I line up tomorrow in the Canterbury Cross Country Champs– 12km at Halswell. SRC are the duty club so I will for the first time in 3 years of being a  member pull my weight and help out getting things set up pre race. Then my race kicks off 1440, but Jane is going to line up in her 1st ever cross country race and first race as a SRC member tomorrow also! I guess I will warm up with little Bella while Jane is racing- so that means Jane will have to crank out her 8km in 35mins, or our little princess will be left to her own devices for a while…

The other race I have coming up I am a lot lot more positive about! The 125km Canadian Death Race is now about 16days away and I am feeling good and ready to go- not too ready, but getting there. Other than a niggle on my ankle which is some what of a mystery (all the “good” injuries are) as to how and what?

Last weekend I had my final long run and then a good hill session, both runs in the Port Hills, accompanied by GaryM and George Dog and wearing some flash new Salomon SpeedCross3s courtesy of The team at Salomon NZ/Snoworld.

.Looking past CDR I have some pretty exciting race plans coming up for the summer- I can’t remember the last time I was looking so far ahead. At this stage I think I will be lining up in the following-

Yurebrilla 56km, Xterra Waihi60km, Kepler 60km, Kaweka Mt Marathon, Shotover Moonlight Mt Marathon and The Hillary 50mile (if that last race gets the green light?). We’ll see, might add Tararua 35km in also if it works and need to balance racing with family, work and “fun runs”.

But first things first – CDR!! oh, and that scary 12km tomorrow….

7 thoughts on “Scared!

  1. i love my sc3,but the white sole on that particular colour combo is just wrong.Mind you,they will go with your tighty whiteys.

    • oh, come on Darren, the whit is sweet- looks great out of the box, not so great after a few km’s on the muddy trails…
      I have a spare pair of tighty whiteys- your if you want??

  2. Hey Grant, looking forward to see how far under 5hrs you can run yurribilla, no pressure though! It’ll be my first ultra so I’m starting to get excited. All the best for CDR and especially for the big one tomorrow.

    • ahh, we will see Sean, I think the 5hr barrier at Yurribilla will not come easy, it will take a good race to get that I think. Should eb fun, trail looks very nice! Great to hear you will be racing your first ultra there- I sense a celebratory post ultra beer (or 2)….

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