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Training Log Archive: STORM

In the 30 days ending Sep 30, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  course scouting3 16:30:00
  running6 9:20:00
  Total9 25:50:00

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Monday Sep 30, 2013 #

course scouting 7:50:00 [2]

Final day was a long one, but got 'er done.

Sunday Sep 29, 2013 #

course scouting (elapsed) 4:10:00 [2]

Bits n' pieces scouting - not as fun as yesterday, but fun all the same.

Saturday Sep 28, 2013 #

course scouting 4:30:00 [2]

STT 2014 scouting. Lotsa fun trail riding in beautiful fall weather - pretty sweet.

Thursday Sep 26, 2013 #

running 1:10:00 [3]

Easy Don trail run

Wednesday Sep 25, 2013 #

running 1:10:00 [3]

Quick run through Hilton

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013 #

running 1:10:00 [3]

Easy run through the Don. Sluggish after a few weeks of inactivity - need to pick it up quick, as Wild Duluth is only 3 short weeks away!

Monday Sep 23, 2013 #

Note

Fall paddle trip with Browner - this time to Massassauga for 2.5 days. Wasn't our favourite route, and the weather generally sucked for the better part of it, but good fun as always. Sad to say goodbye to my trusty SRS Hammer after ten years of solid service, but very much looking forward to the arrival of a sleek new X-Wing!

Sunday Sep 8, 2013 #

running 3:20:00 [3]

Final STS course checks, followed by a tour of Rattlesnake, Crawford Lake and Hilton.

Friday Sep 6, 2013 #

running 1:15:00 [3]

Yesterday repeated

Thursday Sep 5, 2013 #

running 1:15:00 [3]

Don trails run

Wednesday Sep 4, 2013 #

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Finally able to take a moment to log UTMB - or at least what I finished of it. Phenomenal trip but a disappointing Race Day unfortunately, as I overheated within the first 20-30km off the start. Of the six 100k+ ultras I've now been to I've overheated at five of them, so this was familiar territory, but never so early on (usually I'm able to at least crawl to the finish!) I pulled the plug at 64k when things started to really shut down, as I just couldn't seem to get my body temp under control (it was close to freezing through the night, but I was in shorts the whole time and sweating profusely). With a full day of nothing but sun and warm temperatures forecasted for the day ahead (all of which I would have been running through even on my best time estimate), this one just didn't appear to be in the cards.

The only explanation that make sense to me (other than the ridiculously massive climbs on this ridiculously massive racecourse) is the fact that I foolishly waited over 2 hours in the blazing sun at the start chute. I think I might have cooked myself before I even got started - and all just to try and save a few mintues by securing good position in the queue. Seems now like the most rookie-ish of all rookie mistakes I could have possible made - definitely won't ever do THAT again!

This one will sting for a bit, as what was most frustrating was the fact that I honestly didn't feel like I had gone out too hard, and that my legs felt really strong despite my stomach feeling so weak. On a run with Bent on Monday where I headed up the final climb beyond Vallorcine back to Chamonix, I felt as a nimble as a mountain goat, and vowed then and there to return ASAP to finish this bugger. Fortunately I only need two points to re-apply for 2014, so training starts now...

So glad to have had Browner there with me for this incredible trip, and to have shared the experience with Bash, Bent, Mrs Gally, WandAR, Tiny, Mrs. Tiny, Myka, Meg-eh and Tiny's friend Mike (and also to catch up with the Cameron clan!) So great to haven gotten to see Bash off as she made her final push from Courmayeur despite the cut-off odds being against her (the two of us will earn those red finisher vests yet!) Huge congrats as well to Bent, Mrs. Gally, Tiny and WandAR for all having knocked off the CCC course!

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