Sunday, November 23, 2008

Catching UP

Can't believe that this much time has passed since I last posted.

Problem is just too much of everthing.

There were the last few weeks of the high school cross country season to get through.

Work has required a bit more travel than earlier this year.

Have been spending most of my free time working on my house, especially trying to get the basement finished.

And, as I get healthier and healthier, I'm able to get in a few more mile; and, that's just adds more time to an already busy day.

But, I can't really complain - In the end, I'm being pretty productive and enjoying living here in NW Montana. But, let's get back to the running and catching up a bit.

First and foremost, let's talk about Montana Cup. Big kudo's to Pat Judge and his crew in Helena. The organization was great, the course location was spectacular and the finish area set-up was fantastic. The course, as seems to be the trend at Montana Cup, was a bit extreme. There were two serious - Mountain Goat type serious - climbs in the race. And, the first one wa more reminiscent of a mountain/trail race rather than a cross country event. But, that's part of the allure of the Cup. The course is guaranteed to be a unique challenge.

Matt Winter continues his great fall racing picking up the win on the men's side. Rachel Brewer of Great Falls pretty much dominated the women's race. For my money - the performance of the day came from Ray Hunt. Even setting aside his know penchant for sandbagging, his 43 year old legs kicked a lot of young gun ass. One of only 5 performances under 21:00, he beat the second master by over a minute. It was a hell of a race for the founder fo the event.

For more on the Cup, check out

Just like building up the mileage - posting again feels good. I'll try to be better about being more timely in my comments - especially as the Big Sky Distance Project gets ready to compete at the USATF Club Championship Cross Country meet in Spokane.

The Muddy Buzzard

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