Seven days to the start line

Namatjira park

The past half a year or so has flown by just like that, and I’ve now reached the seven day gap, the point where no further training will make a significant difference in what happens on race day. The game for the next few days is all about staying healthy enough to make it to the start line, hopefully in good enough shape to execute the following plan:

Checkpoint Distance since last checkpoint Total distance ETA ETL Time between CPs Notes

1

10.5

10.5

8:30am

8:40am

1h 40m

2

20.5

31

11:50am

12:00

3h 20m

Lunch

3

15

46

14:15

2:30

2h 15m

Change socks, Reapply sunscreen and lubrication.

4

11

57

16:30

4:45

2h

Change socks / shoes

5

21

78

9:00pm

9:15pm

4h 15m

Dinner / Instant noodles, pick up spare battery for headlamp.
Finish

22

100

3:00am

N/A

5h 45m

Cross finish line, celebrate, sleep

The above is my conservative estimate of what will happen, but still, with the number of variables in play over a 100km event in the mountains, it’s a speculative guess at best. The actual times could easily rubber band by hours, and I could finish as late as the next day, or not at all. Or, I could surprise myself and finish in under 18h. All I know is, training wise, I’ve done all I can within the limitations of injury, time and health, and knowing that any further training will make no difference to the outcome is in itself quite a liberating thought.

Mentally, the stress of preparation has been replaced by a slowly growing excitement, and a strange curiosity as to how the day’s events will unfold. My achy foot and achilles tendon seem to have settled down, so the body seems to be in pretty good shape. All that’s left to do now is wait, check my gear, and look forward to a week of stuffing my face with carbs!

Not sure if I’ll get another post up pre race, so the next time I check in here, it may well be from the other side of the start line, and hopefully the finish line as well. Have a good week filled with many happy miles of running!

The last fortnight’s workouts:

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