AHH, I LOVE new gear!!

Just got my brand new Montrail Rockridge and 2010 Mountain Masochist (no changes from 09 version), and CAN'T WAIT TO TEST DRIVE EM!!

Unfortunately I have to stay smart and rest my calf. It feels much better today with the tightness not setting in until mid-day. I'm out the door shortly to test it on the road bike, which I haven't touched in over a month...Stanley Park here I come!

Oh yeah, and just got word from the Race Director for Mountain Masochist 50 Miler in under three weeks time...the race where you have to finish top two to go directly into the 2010 version of Western States...Last Minute Additions To The Field:

-Anton Krupicka, if ya don't know ya ain't into the sport!

-Geoff Roes, currently up for U.S. ultra runner of the year after some spectacular performances!

-Valmir Nunes, from Brazil. Short bio, 3rd fastest EVER 100k at 6h16m, winner of Badwater, Spartathlon, and Sunmart 50 miler in 5h30m!!

-Lon Freeman, former C.R. holder for Miwok 100k

OUCH, it's gonna be a BARN BURNER!! All I know is that outside of my recent injury I've never felt better or fitter and I'm ready to go up against the best of the best. I'd rather finish 5th in this field than 1st in a weak field. Bring it on!!