I’m currently in Week 4 of Leadville 100 training. I’m going for 75 miles this week.
Last week, Week 5, was another week that wasn’t; I didn’t hit my miles and DNS for the Whiteface Sky Race. [sad face]
I’ve been training for eight months and have learned that some weeks just aren’t great training weeks and you have to take some fun times with your friends instead of running 50 miles in a weekend. I’ve always said I’ll always choose adventure, but I’m a wee bit bummed about last weekend; but not really, okay a little. Grrr..
I had fun driving to New York and swimming in Vermont rivers and Lake Champlain with Kyle, Pants-dog and Winnie-dog. It was fun to have dinner on the patio in downtown Plattsburgh. After dinner I knew I wasn’t going to race the next day; I was exhausted. So I slept in and didn’t go to the race.
The drive home included a ferry trip to Burlington, lunch on the deck with live music and more playing in the White River in Bethel, Vermont. Later, after getting home I paddle boarded for the first time on the Merrimack. Balance training for ultra running has proved useful in paddle boarding
Today, Friday, I’m heading into the week on pace to hit 75.
The total mileage will be 31.5 with 10,000 feet of elevation change. We are running clockwise and plan to bag the following 4,000-foot peaks: Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South Twin, Bond and Bondcliff.
Sunday is a 20 mile run around Concord.
It is three and a half weeks until race day. 22 days. The last few weeks haven’t really gone as I planned after climbing Pikes Peak but I’m healthy and not injured – so I have that going for me. I haven’t lost as much weight as I would’ve liked – so that sucks.
But I’m going into the next three weeks knowing I will: 1) do all the mileage 2) walk/run at night 3) continue accumulating time on my feet 4) stay happy and focused.