but, anyway, going out hard, after being sick....well I hope you learned a lesson on THAT strategy.
(it is tempting though).
This was never intended to be a goal race, but likely will be my longest training run leading to the 24 hour in August. So I wanted to try and mimic some of the conditions ( fatigue, motivational funk, etc) of the later stages. I held no illusions of getting away with the faster pace and I suffered the consequences, as expected. And learned some useful things in doing so. I'm quite happy with the outcome even though it took me quite a lot longer than last time i was here.
And it's always nice to spend time on the trails with friends - we had 23 Striders in attendance across the various races, including a number who notched their first ultras. A very satisfying weekend.
Have fun at Jukola - that's a bucket one for me being half Finnish ( my middle name is Eino)
Any idea how much distance you're hoping to cover at AnchorDown? Also, their website doesn't have a lot of info, is the event by any chance in Colt State Park? If so, do you have a copy of the orienteering "map"?
Yes, it's in Colt SP. Just finished up another 2 hours on course. I know there's a map of the park, but don't have a copy. Mostly open fields, minor trail network, woods are junk.
And to your first question, hopefully at least a hundred, get that nonsense off my bucket list before I'm too much older.
It looks like a pretty nice loop, but it could get awful boring doing it more than 40 times ...
I'm sure it will be terribly boring, but I think it will allow me to break the effort down into a lot of small bite size chunks, I get access to my stuff every 30 minutes or so and the high point on the course is about 35 feet above sea level, depending upon time of day and tides I suppose. And running loops with friends should hopefully make things easier (at least for the first half, I'm the only Strider signed up for the full 24 hours)
My biggest concern is that its mid August and about half the course is out in the open so it could be brutal. But its also a 7pm start, so the worst will be at the end, and I may just be walking at that point (I'm planning on that being the case at least) so I may well carry my lightweight backpacking umbrella for portable shade - :-)
I'll email you a scan of the map if I remember. Mostly dark green, I think.