4/15 – Lake Sonoma 50 – Lake Sonoma, CA
This is an important one! Will be tapered and ready to roll against a super-loaded field. Smyth, Sage, Bak, and more than I’m forgetting! Grateful that I’m not chasing a Golden Ticket so I can afford to take some risks out there. #seeyouinsonoma!
4/29 – Canyons 50k – Auburn, CA
We’ll re-evaluate after Sonoma to see if this still makes sense. There is a small chance I’ll move up to the 100k in order to rise in the Ultrarunning Race Series leaderboard. Gotta keep my eyes on the prize, but a $1000 prize for first is still a lot of money for a guy without a job and fancy Marin groceries to buy!
5/13 – Ultra Race of Champions 100k – Skylark, VA
This race is shaping up to be a competitive one despite the remote location (I don’t think most Californians could find Virginia on a map!). Huge prize purse ($5000 for first!) is definitely the main reason for heading to this race, but also a great excuse for visiting the rest of the Mocko clan back in Virginia. Also important to get one or two longer efforts to remember what it feels like to hit mile 31 and only being halfway home.
6/4 – Cork City Marathon – Cork, Ireland
This race doesn’t really fit in with the plan, but it does fit with my “Say Yes to Everything!” philosophy. The Olympic Club President first told me about this race via an invitation from the Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee as an opportunity to represent the city of San Francisco. Hard to pass on such an opportunity, especially when post-race festivities will include a serious investigation of the best Guinness pours in Dublin!
6/24 – Western States 100 – Auburn, CA
The Big Kahuna! This is the only one that matters. Having fun, making memories and perhaps earning a bit of money is great, but showing up to States healthy, fit and excited to enter the Pain Cave should be the tippy-top priority! There have been whisperings of athlete(s) attempting to absolutely obliterate the course record (current CR = 14:46:44), but if I’ve learned anything in the 100-mile distance, it’s to run your own race and pick the strategy that you feel most confident in successfully executing. My goal (subject to change, obviously) will be to break 15 hours (only two athletes have ever broken 15 hours!).
9/2 – UTMB – Chamonix, France
UTMB could shape-up to be THE most competitive ultramarathon. Ever. I’m hopeful that Western States goes so smoothly that this race is just icing on the cake. After experiencing Skyracing at The Rut last year, I have a feeling that the altitude and the crazy climbs/descents will NOT play to my strengths, but I’m excited to see what happens. And at least get some epic pics for my Instagram account!