Me: That sounds like it would make a nice open water swim.
Beets: I’ll crew you if you want to do it.
- It pushes the training window for the Chicot Challenge back a little farther than I am comfortable with.
- It competes with Chicot base training for time and energy.
- It risks severe fatigue from running fifty miles and traveling to and from south Mississippi.
- It costs money in terms of an entrance fee and travel expense.
- It dilutes the gift.
- It makes life unnecessarily complex.
- I can still do the Mississippi River Marathon in February without pushing my build phase back as I would with the Trail 50.
- I won’t have to obsess with running mileage but can just run for fun, adventure, and fitness.
- The risk of hangover fatigue is greatly reduced with a marathon in February as opposed to an ultra-marathon in March.
- The Challenge IV is longer than ever (nineteen miles) and I will be older than ever so I really need to focus on it.
- It honors and uses the gift.