|Hilary, me, British Steve, Steve, ans Gene. All road marathoners and very strong on the trails.|
During the taper I feel out of shape, bored, lazy, and at least a little scared of the effort to come. Of course, that's just part of tapering and preparing mentally for a long endurance event. This feeling of not wanting to do the race after all is fairly new. I had it really bad for Tahoe 100 this past July, but did not feel it at all for the Cascade Crest 100 last year. I really considered not doing the TRT 100. I got all grumpy that I was doing some organized race and stressed out about the preparations. What if I don't achieve my goals? What if I fail? What if it hurts? I felt that I would rather have put all this effort into running the 165 mile TRT. These feeling have surfaced again for Plain 100. I know now that they are harmless feelings and will go away when the race begins. In the meantime, here is last weeks training journal.
Monday: 7 mile run Watson Lake to Brockway. 900 feet of climbing.
Tuesday: 19 mile run Mt. Rose to Brockway. 2,500 feet of climbing
Wednesday: 24.5 mile run. Tahoe Meadows (Mt. Rose) to Spooner Lake. 3,500 feet of climbing.
Friday: 5 miles by Armstrong Pass. 1,000 feet of climbing.
Saturday: 5 miles, climb up Lassen Peak. Fast descent. Started at 8,000 feet, climbed to over 10,000. 2,095 feet of climbing.
Sunday: 4 mile run on the beach. Tolawa Dunes, Oregon. 100 feet of climbing (I said dunes, right?).
Running miles: 64.5 miles
Running elevation gain: 10,095 feet
Biking miles: 0
Biking gain: 0
|At the top of Lassen Peak|