Hello folks. Sorry its been so long since the last post. With so many things going on, I’ve found it hard to sit down and provide an update. But, training has been good. We now have 9 days until the Leadville 100, and it seems like my body is coming around right at the proper time. Amazing how that works! My body tends to feel ‘normal’ all through big training weeks and months and then once a race is on the immediate horizon my body’s metabolism kicks into ‘hyper-drive’ and I feel leaner and meaner and more prepared to race well. A big part of ‘feeling good’ on race day for me is being light and lean and my body tends to gravitate that way without my habits changing all that much. I am still eating normally, hydrating normally, and taking my daily vitamins normally. In fact, the only differences in my lifestyle are: 1. more sleep, and 2. more focus on recovery principles. So, I feel fit and ready to rock.
Strength training has been fantastic. I feel stronger than I ever have. My strength-to-weight ratio is high, and my legs feel ‘indestructible.’ I have hit some crucial long runs over the past month; spaced apart, and timed perfectly. These long runs should carry me through the later stages of the Leadville 100. So; although my training has not been ‘ideal’ these two components will be the things that carry me through. I have had the great opportunity to travel across the state to Steamboat Springs and Boulder to attend two Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior XC Ski Select Team Camps as a coach. The kids have put up some impressive training numbers and have inspired me. These camps have also afforded me the good fortune of training in a few different areas. From running in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness in Steamboat to running Mt. Sanitas and Flagstaff in Boulder. Great runs; great terrain. In addition, I have been in Leadville seemingly every week this summer for some reason or another; from the Running Training Camp, to a RMN ski-camp, to personal training, to traveling through and ‘sneaking in a run.’ So; by being in Leadville, I really have stayed in touch with the course itself as well as the altitude. All good stuff. I love it in Leadville. Annie and I will actually be up there again this weekend to watch Gunnison local Dave Wiens take on the strongest field in the history of the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. Lance Armstrong, Floyd Landis, Tinker Juarez; talk about some big names! Dave; we’ll be rooting for you man!
I stated above that my body seems to know when a big race effort is coming up, and adjusts itself accordingly. This is true; and pretty incredible, but the really cool thing is how my mind seems to do that automatically as well. I have not made any particular effort to further prepare my mind for this race, but about 2-3 weeks ago; I noticed a difference in my thoughts, and my attitude. My thought process has shifted to strongly desiring a ‘bottom-of-the-well’ effort. I am looking forward to pushing my body to the limit, and having to dig deep mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I truly cannot wait! I assume most ultra-runners have this mind-set. I don’t know where this thought-process comes from, but it is the guiding thought/attitude in me tweaking my race strategy. I can’t wait.The thing I am most looking forward to? Like I said, ‘going to the bottom-of-the-well’ and finding out what is there. Also, I love the thought of having nothing else to do that day but run…. no e-mails, training planning, foam-rolling, phone calls, blogging, twittering… nothing… just running…. just running. What a concept. Can’t wait. Here’s to a ‘bottom-of-the-well’ effort. Here’s to putting one foot in front of the other, over and over and over again. What’s in the bottom of your ‘well’? Here’s to finding out. Expect it; embrace it.
I’ll post a report from spectating at the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race this weekend. Then; I’ll be in Leadville starting on Tuesday the 18th; and I should have the time to post a couple updates. Also, look for a blog-post that lists the goals I set for myself back in November, and analyzes how I did on sticking to those goals, or meeting those goals. Thanks for reading. DC