Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bandera 2011 Preview

Well, not really a preview, but more like a rambling of my thoughts heading into the first stop on the 2012 Redemption Tour next Saturday (1/7).

Last year - Mile 43 - Boy did it get bad from here to the finish.

My 2011 Bandera 100k Splits
1st 50k:  4:54
2nd 50k:  7:16
Difference:  2:22

The brutal numbers above tell the story of my second half blow up.  Most runners add an hour or so during the second loop.  Not 2:22.  My goal is to simply shave that 1:22 off and finish in sub-11 hours.  I hope to have a good day and drop it even lower.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for this beast of a race.  I've reviewed my race report and what I learned last year.  Now it's time to put the adjustments into play and go have some fun.

The field is deeper this year than it has ever been with a bunch of CO guys & gals toeing the line. N Clark, D Mackey, D Bowman, J Schlarb, D James, T Olsen, Y Diboun, J Ricks, T Braje, L Howard, and D Africa are just a few of the name I recognize.  It's too bad the course is two loops in the same direction as it would be fun to see these folks pass by at some point to witness how the race is shaking out.

I'm also looking forward to spending some time with my aunt, uncle & cousin after the race.  If I get lucky my aunt will make the Texas shaped waffles again.  And you can be sure I'll show a little restraint and take a picture of the delectable waffles first!


  1. Go get 'em man. Start the tour with a statement.

  2. I want pics of the Texas Shapped Waffles this time!!!! You've been running great and look forward to seeing how the race unfolds.

  3. The waffles will be ready! Can't wait to cheer you on.

  4. Will do GZ!

    Jaime - Looks like waffles are on!

    Hildy - I'm not sure what I'm looking forward to more. The race or the post-race food? I'll be sure to work up a voracious appetite.

  5. Bro - you are running so much more solid this year than last. You'll get that 1:22 and more. The only question is how much more. Got get it!

  6. I love your confidence Jim. I need to hear that since the doubts are creeping in right now.