Things have been a little busy around the Lloyd house. I’ve felt pulled in a dozen different directions, many of which are of my own creation. All of which have gotten me to today, four days before my next 50 mile race and I haven’t given it a second’s thought.
A while back I had the pleasure of being selected to participate as a volunteer for a carnivore study in the Uinta Mountains. Adventurers & Scientists for Conservation (ASC) is a non-profit group out of Montana who does research studies all over the world, providing data for agencies and conservation groups to direct change. This particular study hopes to identify Linx and Wolverine populations on the north slope of the Uinta Range. There have only been a few documented sightings in the last 40 years. ASC has rallied roughly 30 volunteers to help put up test sites with motion sensor cameras and bait. Volunteers will then visit each site once a month to check for disturbance and to change batteries and data cards. I feel truly honored to be a part of the program. With my science background this allows me to be a part of something that I have been passionate about for most of my life, conservation.
This past weekend we had our first training where I was able to hike into Red Castle basin on the north slope with four other people and put in two camera sites. There was a lot of snow and about 18 miles of hiking, round trip, but we put in two solid and working sites which will contribute greatly to the project. I had an amazing time, got to use some sound science, and spend nearly three days in the Uinta back country. I’ll head back out in two weeks to put up additional sites and I can’t wait.
Recently I’ve spoken to two youth groups; one about pack packing and wilderness safety, the other about astronomy and personal improvement. Both have required me to spend some valuable time preparing the presentations and then delivering them a week apart. It’s been a while since I’ve spoken to the youth groups, but it’s something I find very satisfying and get great value from.
Finally, I’m in the process of purchasing/starting a business (with a partner). I won’t go into any great detail about the nature of it (just yet), but I can say that it has been a massive amount of work and stress. Ultimately, I hope to have it become my full-time job, but I think it will be a while before it will take off that much. I’m excited for the prospect of what it can become and have high hopes for the future.
This week is my wife’s birthday. We plan to spend most of the week away, just the two of us. Racing will fall somewhere near the end of that trip. Because my focus is on my wife and with everything else going on this race has taken a backseat in priority. I’m confident I’m able to run the race and do well, I’ve had pretty good training until this week. Whether I can run hard and race fast, we’ll have to see how the day plans out. As much as I like racing, the experience of running the Bryce 50 Miler, another Ultra Adventures race makes it worth it just to go. Matt Gunn and crew have really created something special and I’m proud to promote and support them any way I can. No matter what, I’ll be hoping for the best.