My race-specific plan was never really developed; I continued to input a few short runs per week and one "long" run on the weekend. I knew I had a decent base of training going into 2016 with the "opportunity" of being between jobs to train like a pro. I'll just say that you can a lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink but I did at least have a lot more running and riding in before January.
I averaged 10.5 miles/week for 2016. No one prepares to run 31 miles this way. With a light running load and some cross training, I was a little nervous about even finishing the race but took the approach that I am feeling good, healthy, and dammit, I'm just going to race nice and easy with a goal to just finish. My overall fitness will dictate the speed but I'm not going to lose my mind and outpace my ability.
First of all was to establish a rule: Do NOT exceed 12 minutes/mile early in the race. Don't spike my heart rate early and destroy my chances of enduring 50 km.
|Pre race BBQ dinner. I'm not praying in this picture but maybe I should have.|
Feeling pretty good about the race despite knowing I wasn't in the best shape for it, I started off nice and easy with Adam. I called an audible pretty quickly into it as the rules of physics made it totally impossible to keep the first miles under 12 minutes.
|the black line is about 150bpm, my arbitrary "upper limit"|
|2015's race- reflective of heart rate AND happiness during an ultra.|
|Textbook perfect form. Take note.|
|Beer. Not just for breakfast anymore.|
|Kristen and her cousin Tina. The best volunteers there.|