It’s now 10 days until my first 100 miler race so just a little under two weeks and not really sure what I can do now to prepare myself for the race. I have not had the best training due to illness, injury, weather conditions etc, but I have just completed my two biggest mileage weeks of 112 kilometers and 105 kilometers respectively. I have tried to mix up the running with some powerhiking, some faster runs, moderate and slower runs and elevation and rolling hills to try and prepare myself.
I think I am as ready as I can be, but I think my mental game will be key, so I really need to banish any self doubt and try and get my head in the zone. That’s not an easy task as having long work days due to my commute, planning a race and a mirad of other things have played on my mind recently, so maybe in the next couple of weeks I need some chill/zen time to focus my mind as well as my body.
The other thing to consider is what to take regards my running gear as I have never done a 100 miler, so I want the right stuff and the right amount. I do not want to over pack but nor do I want to under pack. I am undecided at this point whether to go with handheld bottles or to use soft flasks in one of my running vests. Do I take my trekking poles for later in the race when I am tired or can I push through without?
Lake Martin is a loop course with 4 loops consisting of 25 miles with rolling hills and around 13,000ft of elevation. I'm hoping the fact that it's a loop course will help in that I know what is facing me on each loop. Maybe I can use my knowledge of the course from the first lap to adapt for the following three laps. I had originally thought of some time goals for the race, but now I think my goal should be just to finish the race within the cut off.
I was hoping that during my taper to the race that now we are in March, the weather might improve but currently it looks like more cold temps, possibly more snow and plenty of rain. I most definitely am over winter and I am really hoping that the weather down in Alabama is better than here in BC. If I do a spring/late winter race again I will need to prepare better, so hopefully during the summer I would like to get a shed set up with a treadmill and bike trainer so I can train whatever the weather.
Lake Martin is a lower key 100 miler and I do not think they have athlete tracking and so I will get Randi to update my social media during the race in case anyone has any interest in how I am doing. I'm still wondering if doing the Diez Vista 100k three weeks after Lake Martin was a smart idea, but the only way to find out is to toe the line and try my best.
The good thing about Lake Martin is we will have friends there as support so that’s good. I have no pacer so that could be a good or a bad thing. Then with Diez Vista 100k as it’s a local event I will know a lot of the runners and volunteers and that should help me get round the course.