Friday, April 17, 2009

Taper schmaper!

Well race weekend is upon me, finally is all I can say! Mentally I am pooped! I was recording for the podcast and looking back through my training plan and with the exception of 2-3 weeks of reduced miles in January I have been in training mode for nearly 8 months, no wonder my brain is fried and my body not far behind; in that time I have accumulated 1500 running miles, 1200 miles on the bike, raced two trail half marathons, three 50kms and DNFd a 50 miler at mile 44! Like I say pooped.

Anyway we are almost unpacked, I found my trail shoes; it was touch and go for a few days, the house is finally settling down; the swingset and trampoline are assembled, and that’s the last thing I have to say about moving...at least for another couple of years!

My training has well and truly taken a back seat in the last two weeks, two runs this month, that’s it! No refined taper just a drop off the edge of a cliff full stop! Well as someone once said the hay is in the barn and there is nothing that I can do now except run!

So for this weekend’s race my goals in order of desire; (1) finish; that’s all I have to do to meet the AC100 qualifying criteria, so I am not taking any chances with that, (2) a new PR; last year I finished in 11:24, trust me folks this is not fast! (3) a sub 11 hour finish; last year I finished with a 13:59 pace, I need to go about 30 seconds per mile faster! Doable…yes, I think so!

So this time tomorrow I’ll be on the start line…see you at the finish!

20 comments:

  1. Scott always enters events with the brakes on come taper time. It is a big joke around our house. :)

    With all that you have been doing I can see you reaching your race goal with no problems.

    Relentless Forward Motion!!!

    I wear my band ALL the time!!!

    Have a great event.

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  2. Good luck for this one.

    With a taper like that you must be bursting to run.

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  3. Best of luck! 100 miles? Crazy talk.

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  4. I always tell people that the training for a marathon is harder then the race itself. I love it when race day comes.

    Good luck... is this another 50 miler? or longer?

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  5. Kind of nice that life forces you to taper a bit :-) You have a great race! Finish first! PR second!!

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  6. Good luck this weekend Stuart. I came THIS close to signing up but alas, 2 ultras in back to back weekends? Not that crazy yet.

    It's gonna be warm out there so just bide your time, hydrate plenty and finish that sucker to punch a ticket to AC100.

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  7. You have put the time in over the last 8 months - PR here you come.

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  8. Wow... looking forward to hearing about it! Good luck!

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  9. Best thing about a taper is you should be recovered and injury free!!!!! :) Best of luck tomorrow and have fun! Love the new blog header btw.

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  10. Good luck Stuart in the race. I hope the weather and course will cooperate and you will have a strong day. Be strong mentally and the rest should be a fairly easy. You have done the work, not reap the results.

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  11. Good luck with your goals. They sound indeed achievable. Oh, and well done on the move. We moved a month ago and I still haven't got all the boxes unpacked. LOL

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  12. You needed the rest anyway. I bet you feel good at this race and I wouldn't be surprised if you PR. Don't start out too fast and whoop some butt!

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  13. good luck Stuart! can't wait to hear how you do.

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  14. How come I didn't know you were doing Leona Divide? Rock it Mr. ;)

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  15. Good luck man! You're waaaay hardcore!

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  16. Good luck! I'll be wishing you well!

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  17. Can't wait to hear the details....

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