Fw: The 2012 Winter Beast of Burden - "The Battle of The Beasts!"

I guess some things never change...


I'm a "beast" now...
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From: Sam Pasceri <resurrectionracing@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:53:46 -0500
Subject: The 2012 Winter Beast of Burden - "The Battle of The Beasts!"

The 2012 Winter Beast of Burden

"The Battle of the Beasts"

     The Calf...an area usually reserved for a triathlete who has completed an official Ironman.  The "M-Dot" is a badge of honor for any triathlete and completing an Ironman isn't an easy task but then again, neither is running 100 miles alongside of the Erie Canal in the middle of winter.  Endurance athletes continue their quest to push their bodies to the limit. They seek the most extreme events such as the famous Badwater 135 mile Ultra Marathon which takes place in Death Valley- the Winter Beast of Burden 100 Mile Ultra Marathon is now bringing to debate, who actually has the hardest ultra marathon?  Just ask accomplished Ultra Runner, Mark "Doc" Ott who has chosen to permanently brand his body with our logo after completing what he called, "The most challenging race of my life."   Even the current record holder of the famous Badwater 135, Valmir Nunes has been quoted saying, "This race is by far the hardest race I've ever run."


     Valmir and "Doc" Ott went head to head at The 2011 Winter BoB.  Valmir went on to break the course record by 8 minutes which was previously set by former Lockport resident, Richard Cook.  Rumor has it that pending a work related trip, David Ploskonka might be in attendance at the 2012 Winter B-o-B.   Another very accomplished ultra-runner, Ploskonka, has multiple Badwater finishes and is the winner of the 2010 Summer 100 Mile Beast of Burden.  


     The 2012 Winter Beast of Burden is now just over a week away and boy is it going to be action packed! Valmir Nunes is flying in from Brazil (for the 3rd straight BoB event in a row). "Doc" Ott  is also returning giving him another chance to go head to head with our Brazilian buddy, Nunes.   Although "Doc" vowed never to run the Winter Beast again, he stated that the real reason for his return is to try and snatch up our "Double Beast Buckle" (A special buckle given to those who complete both 100 Mile BoB's in the same year).   We also have former Lockport resident and previous course record holder, Richard Cook.  Cook will be running his own race to hopefully regain the status of "course recorder holder" which he lost in battle last year to Nunes as he struggled to finish.  Another accomplished ultra runner participating again this winter is Ryan O'Dell.   Ryan's ultra race resume is just as long as my email.  When you look at race results, Ryan's name can always be found at the top of the list.  He's won a 24hr ultra and placed 2nd in two 100's.  Could this be the 100 miler that Ryan has been waiting for?  He's got the experience and strength needed to pull it off so, it'll be interesting.  Now, throw in our wild card and Badwater veteran David Ploskonka.  David has proven to be more than a worthy competitor as he's won The 2010 Summer BoB .  So, as you can see you have more than just an ultra marathon folks, you have what I'm calling, "The Battle of the Beasts!"  But, as we have witnessed in the past, you don't have to have one of the great names in ultrarunning to win, you just have to be a great ultra runner.  Just ask Brian "The Beast" Hsia, winner of The 2011 Summer Beast of Burden 100.   Brain ran his first 100 mile ultra at the Summer race.  Running with a smile on his face all day Brian was about to finish comfortably in 3rd place  and he only had 1 mile to go.  Brian "The Beast" passed two people before he would cross the finish line, one of which was the leader from the start,  Valmir Nunes of Brazil.  That day, Brian shocked the ultra running community proving that an ultra is anybody's race and he did it with class.  


     As I sit here writing to you, the warm sun is shining through my window.   Right now it's a beautiful 45 degrees outside but, I can't have this come race day.  I used to think Mother Nature and I understood each other.  I'd provide the warm bodies and she would blast them with her freezing winds while dropping a mixture of rain, hail and snow just as she's done in the past.   So, what's The Winter Beast of Burden without snow?   Honesty, I don't know and guess what...neither will any of the participants!  It's coming!



Sam Pasceri

Race Director


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Uh! First time for me...deplaned in Atlanta with a crew of kids...

Oh fun stuff...a plane ride from Atlanta, Georgia to Mobile, Alabama is delayed...uh! Seriously?

It only takes like 35 minutes...but is taking a whole while...

Geez! Crazy times!

Anyways...we'll see...
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January 1st - First run of 2012

Well...I copied a friend who was doing 12 miles to start off in 2012...

After running with D yesterday, she convinced me to rack up my mileage and do 12 miles...why not!

Go to central park - 1 mile.
Do a 5 mile loop...then another 5 mile loop...
Then run back home to complete my 12 mile total...

A nice winter run on Monday, January 1st to start off the New Years!
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First marathon of the year - Mississippi

The run, rogue as it was, was good for me. I got to hit the reset button on my gratitude meter, and think of all the ways that running has led me on a different path. It doesn't matter what our surroundings and circumstances are, runners can always move through them and get to a better place.

Kristin Armstrong, Make it count, Mile Markers blog, Runner's World.com

So...the first marathon of the year begins...as I wake up at N's apartment and quickly get dressed to meet up with the other crazies to go to Mississippi and Alabama.

First stop, Mobile, Alabama...off the plane and driving off to Mississippi, across the border...to do our first marathon there: Mississippi Blues Marathon and meeting up with a bunch of other crazy runners (mostly marathon maniacs) and doing a double marathon or back to backs...or as I call them...doublers!

This will be my 3rd doubler...the first being: New Hampshire and then Maine marathons a year ago, where I had a goal to complete the double...and an inner goal to get a sub 3:10 in each one...which I had accomplished.

The second being the JFK 50 miler and then the monkey marathon in the fall...which completely knocked me down and probably was my worst weekend (also a finale in my season) and probably the worst "enjoyable" marathon that I have done - due to the cold rain.

This weekend? We'll see...I have no initial plan going this time around. Possibly as I hope to gun for a sub 3:10 in each one, which would be a good determiner for New Orleans to go a sub 3:05 and then later down in the season for me to go sub 3:00 to sub 2:55 in Boston. But we shall see how the Winter proves, as I do hate the cold season, which just began and hasn't even it February yet...the worst month in NYC...

Then after Boston, I am pacing for the 3:20 group for the Kentucky Derby Marathon and then...I was planning on doing the Flying Pig...although that might just fall through as I plan on doing the Rock and Roll Seattle Marathon with my sister in June. Oh brother!

As for after June, that's when training for the nyc marathon begins as I also plan on doing possibly 2-3 100 milers (2 official 100 milers and 1 - 24 hour race). We'll see how that comes around...as I just might end up doing a 24 hour race and one 100 miler race. Then the fall season rolls around...not really sure what is on the radar for fall yet!

But first thing comes first, let's knock this marathon down as we bring in the new year...

Hopefully my let's are up to the test...gave them a good rest to heal up for a great fall season last year...thoroughly beat up!

Here we go again!

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