Skip to main content

Taper

I have to be truthful to the throngs of master competitor readers and state that I remain torched from the Valle Crucis 15 miler last Saturday. My knees are tweaked and tendons in my feet ache. Most can be attributed to the long descents. Instead of holding back, I went berserk on the downhills and let my feet recklessly slap the pavement with disregard to legs, hips and back. On one section I saw a guy with a "no whining" logo on his back; I blew by while thinking "hope you don't whine when master competitor takes you on the left."

Saw the guy at the awards ceremony when he was awarded a medal for winning the 60+ class. That's when I realized what a dickwad I can be...at least within my own mind.

Had an interesting turn of events this morning. Found two sections of new trail off the greenway in Boone. My off road loop is getting larger and larger, as I am learning to circumnavigate around many of the sections of paved and crushed stone. So instead of taper, today became a 2-hour walk/run. I should have cut back and rested for tomorrow's 8 hour run in Virginia. But as Hyman Roth said to Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II "this is the business we have chosen."

Ultrarunning is a sometimes unforgiving pastime. The body tries to heal as we push it forward into the race. We compartmentalize pain and adapt our appendages. It's the way of the sport. We compete to see the finish line.

Temps are supposed to soar to the high 80's tomorrow. Most of us won't be prepared for that. And I believe we'll see one aid station on each five mile loop. It'll be a fill the water bottles and walk sort of day.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Let's embrace the path set before us.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Scott Jurek ate vegan, won ultras...then got divorced

(Disclaimer:  I am a Brooks-supported athlete; as part of that relationship, I was provided a complimentary copy of "Eat & Run")

I was recently on a few flights making my way home to Wisconsin and en route was able to plow through Scott Jurek's new book "Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness."

It's a fast, enjoyable read. I've been around the ultra scene for a long time and have known some of the greats, i.e. ultra champ Eric Clifton. So it's always interesting to see how the world looks from another icon's point of view.

My thoughts in no particular order:

1) I've been vegetarian/borderline vegan for 12 years and have always been concerned with protein intake.  Jurek advocates for the protein he naturally induces through his plant-based diet.  Maybe that is enough. Maybe it's not necessary to bang down 100+ grams of protein supplement every day. Good info and good advice.

2) I'm buying on big time to Scot…

Build your low cost gravel and commuter bike

It's the saga of Craigslist. You have a great perfect condition road bicycle to market. You ask a fair price. A few calls come in, most often the caller throws out a low ball offer, maybe 50% of asking price.

You don't need to give the bike away. You may not need the cash.

Consider re-purposing. You already own an excellent commuter and gravel bike. Think your bike is too low end, not good for the purpose?

Wrong. In most cases less expensive bikes are build with heavier parts, which means they are stronger. Heavier wheels = better ability to absorb commuter bumps and gravel roads.

A few simple modifications and you'll be rolling for transportation or logging road expeditions.

Here's my 2011 model Specialized Roubaix. I rode it for several seasons as a serious piece of road equipment. A few buyers offered up a few hundred dollars, so I went in another direction.

1) Added 700 x 28 Continental Gatorskin tires. Gatorskin tires wear like iron and you can trust them in off …

Now this is better...

Hey, I don't want to dole out too many epic photos in one day...but after that fatty shot from the New York City Marathon, I had to dig a bit deeper, and found this:

Check out that attractive specimen (second from right) circa 1986...only a year earlier and Tommy Terrific was looking pretty ripped.

I'll tell you this triathlon training camp was one of the high points of my master competitor career. On the left is Mark Hinson, the best triathlete in the southeast in the mid 19890's...and far right is Frank Kohlenstein, a soccer coach from South Carolina and the dude who got me into ultrarunning...that's tanned and toned Tommy next to David Bailey, one of the greatest men who ever threw a leg over two wheels with an engine.

So, right around the time of this camp, I crewed for Frank at the Western States 100 mile endurance run in California. Hinson ran with Frank through a very tough 20 mile desert section and when he made it to the next check, he pulled me aside and told…