Javelina 100M where my lack of overall mileage really showed me who's boss I wanted to get more time on my legs for Ulmstead. Without the aid and accountability of coach I was left to my own devices. It's been interesting trying to corral my desire to run with all my friends all the time. I have been fairly diligent. There were a couple of weeks where I got out of control but all in all I would say it's been a good challenge. I won't use the word success yet. After Ulmstead I will be able to tell if flying coachless has worked. Since I have the fortunate opportunity to work with 3 great coaches I have tried to combine some of the methodology I learned plus add in what I know I need.
The biggest news I have to share is the amazing race I had a Old Pueblo 24HR MTB. With my longest session on my MTB being 2 hours I was really concerned about how my body would hold up for 24 hours in the desert. Since I have been logging some really great miles and awesome running workouts I was certain I would have no issue hanging strong for the 24 hours. But, what about my butt! Not to mention my hands and feet. All the contact points with bike have very little endurance.
Even undertrained I was really excited to go back to this race. It's really much easier to go into an event with very low expectations :) In 2011 this was first MTB race I entered. At that time I was still learning how to pedal, which brake was the front and how to unclip without incident. I was incredibly thrilled to just see what kind of MTBer I have become in a years times. On Friday we went out to per-ride the course and from the moment I clipped in I was forever enlightened. I was not the same person who showed up there last year. Absolutely everything was different! My body, my outlook, my mental state, my ability and almost every single ounce of me was different, better and certainly more confident. With a smile as wide as I my face would allow I rode with ease of effort and not one ounce of fear. I blew my own mind! At this point in life to be able to experience such a huge shift is a gift. Within just one short year, wow.
Though I had great race Bill did not. He and Darin were off to a blazing start but Bill fell on his second lap and dislocated his shoulder. I had no idea he was at the hospital being put under so they could re-set the shoulder. On my 8th lap I was getting very suspicious since I hadn't seen them. After they arrived back and Bill was sleeping all drugged up Darin came out and gave me the news then rode with me. We came home and Bill had shoulder surgery. He is doing really well and is already making huge progress with his PT.
Now that Old Pueblo 24 HR MTB was done it was 6 weeks of Peak training for Ulmstead 100M.