(As posted on Bassmaster.com) By Aaron Martens.  I have a few big trips in the next few weeks. I’m headed to Las Vegas for the Ragnar Relay run this weekend. This will be our third Ragnar Relay event, a 180-mile relay race. The team I’m running with also includes a couple of B.A.S.S. employees —Eric Lopez and Ben Ashby. Another team will include many of the wives of B.A.S.S. anglers including my wife Lesley, Bobbi Chapman, Robin Howell, Tuesday Evers, Angie Faircloth, Holly Lane, Emily Tucker, Kelly Prince and Sarah Theroit (Cliff Crochet’s girlfriend). Which means there are quite a few B.A.S.S. angler’s playing Mr. Mom this weekend. From Las Vegas I’m headed to Japan with the Megabass pro team. I’m looking forward to meeting with Megabass bait designers and working on new products for the future It’s been 15 years since I last visited Japan. I enjoyed my last trip even though I got sick on the flight there and spent most of the trip sick with the flu. This time we have a lot planned, so I’ll need to be in good health starting with getting my first look at some new Megabass products. This time, not only will I get to see them, I’ll get to do some fishing with them. The Megabass pro team (Luke Clausen, Chris Zaldain, Edwin Evers and I) will be spending a few days on Lake Biwa. I believe that a few Japanese magazine writers and photographers will be joining us and I’m looking forward to working with them. Last, but not least, I’m looking forward to seeing more of Japan this time. I appreciate Japan’s culture and traditions, and it’s my absolute favorite food. It’s a good thing I’m running before I go to Japan and not after! It’s going to be a long few weeks away from my kids, but a trip like this is invaluable. Working with the Megabass engineers and designers to perfect new products will help me on the water for years to come. Plus, if its anything like my last trip to Japan, I’m going to come back with a few new tricks up my sleeve.