Me and LB on our way up Mount Bierstadt, July 22
During every training cycle, especially for a new distance, I hit the skids mentally. I'm considering the PPM a new distance, even though I've run marathons before, because this one is going to take me quite a while longer to complete. I'm sure this is normal for most athletes, even professionals from time to time.
I start to doubt that I'm doing enough. I wonder if I'll even be able to finish the event.
These thoughts don't help when you're trying to haul yourself up the top four miles of Barr Trail, and that was my training run on Saturday. I felt pretty good physically, but in my head, I couldn't get it together.
This is definitely the low point. But I've spent quality time above treeline this season (see above). I've logged some good miles. I'm much stronger than I was when I did the Ascent in 2010. I've just got to get over the creeping doubts.
On Sunday, the day after my disappointing (but not really) run, I slept in, baked a cake, went to hot yoga class, and watched the Olympics, all of which put me in a much better mood.
In other positive news, I got my stitches out on the 23rd, and I've been much happier since then. Even though my finger still resembles Darth Vader without the mask.
So all kinds of advice and encouragement would be welcome at this point! I'm also starting to think about my race-day fuel and hydration plan. Carry a hand-held bottle and try to drink it down between aid stations? Carry my hydration pack and deal with the extra weight? Pay Enlist friends to wait at the top for me to switch out gear?
I am also vowing in this public forum to get more sleep in the next three weeks. No excuses.
And, in closing, here's a picture of me running the only other race I will run this summer besides the Triple Crown:
But who needs multiple race shirts when you have a sweet PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Runners singlet?