Crucial Week In Training
I’d like to share this inspiring race report by Ashley Arnold who placed 3rd in the recent Leadville 100 ultra. In the 20-odd days leading to my encounter with my personal demons, this report posted in Bryon Powell’s iFunFar website provides me what the elites go through in an ultra. Even though I’m an ultra virgin, I can totally relate to Ashley’s writeup. At the same time I was picking up whatever tips I could glean off it.
Hopefully some knowledge will go some ways to alleviating the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) I have sitting in my stomach right now. Let it be known that it’s not the distance that I’ve FUD on. I can do 50K on a single sitting, that’s for sure. The blackbox to me is the trail.
Let’s see what remains to be done for this week. I’ll basically be adopting a Work-Run-Work strategy (as opposed to Run-Walk-Run!) since workload will be tremendous these couple of weeks. On weekdays, I’ll sneak some 10Ks in from 6:30pm to 7:45pm, before returning to work. And if all goes according to plan this Thursday, a 25K in the trail beckons. Carbokids 1 and 2 have their respective school mooncake festival parties to attend on Friday and Saturday evenings, so somewhere in there I need to get my weekend long runs in. If I pull this week off, I know that dang confidence level of mine will go up several notches. So will Team KL’s total mileage too in the KL vs SG challenge.
Next week? Nah… I won’t look that far yet. I’ll tackle each day as it comes, just like every step in the MacRitchie Trails come Oct 9th.