It seems like both could be A races with that much time in between them. Chuckanut is in March right? You’ll have time to recover then start back up with training again. I could be wrong but it seems like the main difference between an A race and a B/C race is that one you taper for over 2-3 weeks and the others you train through or do a shorter taper.
Obviously it’s impossible for anyone to tell me what I will or won’t be capable of a year from now over the internet but I want to make sure my plan doesn’t seem obviously dumb.
Quick background. I have no real running experience before this year but I’ve spent the last 15+ years backpacking in the Cascades and Olympics. I love long hard days in the mountains and caught the mountain running bug after spending the first half of the year training for Mt Rainier following the guidelines in TftNA.
I just started a new training cycle with my sights set on the Chuckanut 50k as my first ever race. I’ll have about 26 weeks of Base+specific training before race weekend and my goal was to treat it as an A race and really go for it. Now I’m kind of eyeing the Bigfoot 40 Mile (43 miles w/ ~9,000′ of gain) in the beginning of August since I’ve always wanted to do the whole Loowit trail and circumnavigate St Helens.
Would it be completely stupid to treat Chuckanut as a B/C race, take a week or two off after and spend the next ~18 weeks training for Bigfoot given my relative inexperience with mountain running?
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