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Training Log Archive: STORM

In the 31 days ending Oct 31, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  course scouting4 18:00:00
  racing1 12:43:00
  running8 9:25:00
  Total13 40:08:00

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Thursday Oct 31, 2013 #

running 45:00 [3]

Easy road run

Monday Oct 28, 2013 #

running 55:00 [3]

Easy road run

Saturday Oct 26, 2013 #

course scouting (approx) 3:00:00 [3]

Lousy day for final STT course scouting, but got 'er done.

Saturday Oct 19, 2013 #

racing 12:43:00 [4]

Wild Duluth 100k in Minnesota. Gorgeous run along the Superior Hiking Trail, stretching 50km out and back from the city of Duluth - most of which follows a ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior. Conditions were great - temps ranging from 2 degrees at the start to 9 in the afternoon, with only a little bit of rain/snow in the early morning. Lots of colour still up top, and the terrain ranged from rugged rocky sections to soft flowy trails, with a 10km paved rail trail at the turnaround. 3 drop bags (two of which you saw twice), 6 aid stations (all of which you saw twice), and only a handful of road crossings. Overall, a very decent course.

Given all of this, I had high hopes for a little redemption after UTMB. Held third spot for the first 74km, but my stomach went south at around 60, and the pace dropped to what felt like a crawl. I watched helplessly as four racers passed me over the next 16k, cursing my stupid stomach for being so weak on these longer runs. The only silver lining was that Browner was able to nurse me back to life at the second-last aid station with some TLC and some Pepto-Bismol, such that I was able to finish the final 10k at full race pace. Too little too late unfortunately, but good to know that recovery is actually possible when my body decides it just doesn't want to take in food.

In my race report from Sinister Seven two years ago (my longest run to-date), I had noted that I just don't think my stomach is cut out for longer-distance ultras. Four 100+km races later (or attempts thereof), and it doesn't appear that I have anything to prove otherwise. There were more than a few times during this race where I honestly didn't care if I ever got back to France, as the thought of another 68 kilometres of gut-rot misery seemed about as tortuous as a 24-hour spin-a-thon. I've got the legs, I just need to figure out how to keep them fueled over the long haul!

That all said - final two points for re-applying to UTMB 2014 are secured, and I'm already making notes on what to try differently if I do tackle the 100-miler that I've been eyeing for next March....

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013 #

running 50:00 [3]

Easy road run

Saturday Oct 12, 2013 #

course scouting (elapsed/approx) 6:00:00 [2]

RockstAR scouting with Browner. Started off great, until some idiots shooting rifles within 100m of a road gave us a sign that today was not the day to be doing everything on the list. Although I've always been fully aware of/prepared for the fact that this is hunting season up here and probably not the best time to scout, what we saw/heard today seemed unusually unsafe. Headed back to Bark Lake to enjoy a BBQ, some drinks, and a cozy cabin. Not worried though - lots of time next season to finish up what we started on some fun new CP's.

Friday Oct 11, 2013 #

course scouting (elapsed/approx) 7:00:00 [2]

Gorgeous day rounding out the Paisley scouting - big thanks to Max and the Johnston family from Cowan Canoe for their great hospitality, and for inviting me to the area to host ESAR here.

Thursday Oct 10, 2013 #

course scouting (Approx/elapsed) 2:00:00 [3]

ESAR scouting in Paisley - possibly the nicest scouting day ever...

Tuesday Oct 8, 2013 #

running 1:20:00 [3]

18km road run

Monday Oct 7, 2013 #

running 55:00 [3]

Easy road run

Saturday Oct 5, 2013 #

running 2:35:00 [3]

Long-ish run in new Cascadias - so cushy...

Thursday Oct 3, 2013 #

running 55:00 [3]

Easy road run

Wednesday Oct 2, 2013 #

running 1:10:00 [3]

Quick run through the Don - finally starting to feel a little more nimble after banging my leg up on a slippery truck ramp at STS. Gone are the days when I would just bounce off things like rubber...

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