As I said, I guess it's go time for Old Pueblo 50 in 10 days! Am I ready? This is a very good question as I certainly don't feel ready. I mean I have had some good long training days but my mid-week training has been absolutely Zero! So with that I just feel somewhat under trained in comparison leading up to Headlands 50. My calf issues are much better and I am feeling good there.
I guess what it is coming down to is my confidence or lack there of. During the last long 7 1/2 hour training day two weeks ago, I felt great and everything worked. After 28 miles I felt like I could continue on, with tired legs of course but I also know that there is still 22 miles left from that point so that makes me wonder how I am going to feel in 10 days. Now take this past weekend. I was out on the bike for 11 miles with my TNT Tri group, then ran 7.5 miles on trails and felt some heavy legs. Then the next day it was out for 17 miles all on trails and 6 of it was a part I seemed to forgot how hard it was and so it was pretty much strong power walking for about 3 miles averaging about 15 min/miles. Once I finished the 17 I was pretty wiped out and the plan was to run 27 ish so the next 10 miles was something I really wasn't confident I could pull off and it was to be on road. Bottom line was I listed to my body screaming a little at me, maybe from the short bike/run the day before and just stopped. I didn't get a great recovery ice bath and Monday and Tuesday I was still feeling the heavy tired legs/joints. Yesterday I spent all day at the local Nevada DMV and then today I wake up and head out the door for a 6 mile run on the road and ended up getting 7.25 and felt good with some calf tightness.
Now this weekend i really only have that 6 mile loop on trails that kicked my ass last week that I want to tackle again for the power walking and then I'm just taking it easy with a short 3 mile run on Monday and Tuesday then rest, Weds, Thurs and travel Friday and its Go Time Sat. March 6th! My overall goal is to obviously finish in under 15 hours and keep ahead of the check points and not get caught in chasing the clock but other than I really have no clue what to expect from my body and legs.
All I know is that it is what it is and there's nothing I can do in the next 10 days. I am excited and scared and this is the classic Armageddon line "98% scared, 2% excited or maybe it's 98% excited or 2% scared but that's what makes it so awesome!"