- Last Saturday, I put in a 40 miler on the HR trails in order to test my fuel plan for Bandera. I call my plan the IV method because I'm shooting for a steady drip of calories instead of the quick shot my stomach doesn't care for when I pound a gel. On this run, I poured one bottle of EFS liquid shot in my 22 oz. handheld filled with water and drank it over 1.5 hours. I also ate a gel at the 1.5 hour mark. I carried in my pack a second bottle and polished off both on my first 20 mile loop. I followed the same plan on my second loop, but this time the 1.5 hour gel caused my stomach to tighten and cramp, so I think I'm going to go with a bottle of EFS every 1-1.25 hours and skip the gels. If you haven't tried EFS diluted in water, you're missing out on a nice treat. The stuff is mellow and smooth going down. 400 calories per flask.
- I was pleased to pass through the troublesome miles (28-36) with no issues at all. By mile 35-37, I was feeling really good, but I could tell my stomach was empty. I had this hollow feeling. Not a bad feeling, more like something was supposed to be in there. I wasn't hungry, but was left wondering if that would need to be addressed at some point beyond 40?
- At mile 13 on Saturday, I kicked a root and after several windmills with my arms, I hit the trail arms & chest first. Thankfully I had layers on, so I didn't cut anything up. I did create a minor dust storm that filled my mouth and eyes with dirt. Later that night I was still picking mini pebbles out of the corner of my eyes!
- Sadly, this was my second fall in a week. The prior weekend I hit the dirt at mile 1.7 into a 20 miler and wasn't so lucky in the cuts and scrapes department. I still managed to get in 15 miles despite the run never clicking for me.
- My other goal for Saturday was to run a consistent pace for both loops. My first loop was .2 miles longer than the second, but I came in at 3:06:xx for both loops. Felt pretty good about that.
- I'm coming up on 1100 miles in my old Asic Gel Trabuco's, who still look fantastic in their old age. They were my first trails shoes bought in early 2009. I never spoke highly of them because there's no toe protection when I would kick rocks. Now they're more comfortable to me than slippers. I'm going to continue to wear them for shorter training runs until they bust apart. Maybe 2000 miles??
- I'm coming off my biggest month of mileage (Nov) with 307 miles. Last week was my biggest week ever at 87.
- I signed up for Collegiate Peaks 50. That will be prep for San Juan Solstice...which will be prep for Leadville. I'm not planning any other races next spring/summer. I would like to try and run the Buchanan-Pawnee Loop, the Four Passes Loop, and the Presidential Traverse as training runs.
- I just booked a cabin for the LT100 weekend in August. Thanks to Leila D. for the tip about looking in Twin Lakes.
Lastly, a huge congrats to Patrick for absolutely rockin' the Hellgate 100K on Saturday. He finished in 3rd place overall. Unreal!