I have been on fire this week, thanks mostly to my friend Callie’s email.
I have a bunch of friends who are putting a team together for the Tuckerman Inferno and we are looking for a female biker…I thought of you.
Doesn’t that just give me the warm fuzzies! Callie is one of my favorite people who I never get to see, so that makes this that much more awesome. I immediately replied and said heck yes I would LOVE part of her Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon team.
The race is as follows:
- 8.3 mile run
- 6 mile kayak
- 18 mile bike (2000 feet of climbing)
- 3.5 mile hike to the bowl of Tuckermans
- a hike up the rest of the bowl of Tucks, then a final ski down a GS course over the left gully to the finish line.
Last year’s handbook is HERE if you are interested in the details.
See those little hikers? This photo from the 2006 Inferno
For those of you that might not know, Tuckerman Ravine is part of Mount Washington, a pretty unique and awesome place. Funds from the race help Friends of Tuckerman to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington and work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to sustain the traditional uses of this distinctive area.
This race has been on my radar for a long time, and I always thought the most fun way to do this race would be with a team. The problem is, what I consider fun is really different than what most of my friends consider fun…so the idea of this race would appeal to most of them about as much as drinking bleach. So I never got a team together – but I sure am thankful that Callie and her friends did.
As you saw, I will be on the bike leg. The other fun thing is that there is this other team of friends that also has 4 women and 1 guy so there is a little friendly competition going on. The slower team has to buy dinner for the faster team. Smack talk going around already, it is a hoot.
I am really psyched about this, it gives me something a little closer than IMLP (only 247 days away!) to be busting my butt all winter to work towards (like I need another reason, right?)
Speaking of working hard, I have been a bit remiss in my strength work up until the last few weeks. I especially have been lame in the ab/core department (I know! I know – it is essential for base strength, I need to do it, blah blah). One thing that I have found that has really helped me “get on it” is Jamoosh’s Hard Core Club’s ab workouts that I found last week.
I am up to one week in a row of doing this every other day at this point, so I am on a roll.
I am working on the beginner core routine, and it was really good. I plan on doing these 3-4 times a week, they workout does not take much time and it is pretty easy to fit into your routine. I think I will be adding in the intermediate core fairly soon, because although I have been lame working my core, I haven’t be a complete dolt, I mean, I randomly have done a crunch or a plank or two here and there. I know, lame.