Monday, October 26, 2009

Just putting it out there...

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I want to time trial for 35-40 miles just see where I am in regards to fitness. I think one thing that this blog (the readers of this blog actually) does is give me a little accountability. I think anytime we declare our goals to others we can feed off that. If I fail tomorrow though, and you give me shit for it, I will fight you.
The Dizzy Fifties course is 1 lap of 11.5 miles, then 4 laps of 9.5 miles. The aid stations are at the end of each lap. Tomorrow the two goals are to practice nutrition. A loose plan for Dizzy Fifties will be to run the first and last lap sans Camelbak. If I go in to the race well hydrated and fueled then I am wondering if I need my Camelbak. Not sure if that is a smart thing to do, so I'll try it in a workout first. I also want to hold goal pace tomorrow for as long as possible. Of course I have a goal pace for Dizzy Fifties. That's me. And the goal is a solid one too. But once again, not sure if my goal is stupid or not so I'll see tomorrow. I'll also try some natural fruit bars as my solid nutrition to see how they sit. I got them at Target and each bar has 140 calories and are just pureed fruit. They're about 1/3 the price of a gel.
This is all new to me, so this is how I'll learn.

6 comments:

Matt said...

That pub is phenomenal. What an event. And the early up to run after 7 pints is mad.

35-40 mile time trial. You were born to do this. It's like ironman, kinda. Nuts. And I think the funky little races make for nice low-pro opportunities to have fun and blow-up the joint. Less "pressure."

I hope the time trial goes well.

Brandon Fuller said...

Those wolves will enjoy your tasty flesh a bit more with that new fruity filling!

chr15 said...

The best way to get you race nutrition nailed is to practice. I use a similar fruit bar on my long rides/runs rather than gels, just because its 'real' food and generally more pallatable (sp?). Sometimes I find them a little acidic but it's a small price. I'm yet to find a gel that I don't get sick of after a few.

Have 'fun' on your time trial!

Rick said...

I do whatever I can to avoid the CamelBack, great for a hike, but I can't run with one. I have 2 x 20oz water bottles with the straps so I don't need to actually hold them. Then, I tape gels/food to the bottles. When I need something I just tear it off the bottle. I'm amazed at how much space there is on a bottle for holding calories. I also have running shorts with little side pockets for some calories as well. Lots of options out there for carrying fluids/calories other than a pack. Even a cycling jersey can be useful, but something with a little weight to it will bounce around back there - a little annoying.

kerrie said...

anton just carries one 16oz bottle and doesn't wear a shirt.....

just saying, that's all ;)

Brett said...

Its good to have a general pacing idea, but on a very first 50, who knows what will happen.

Its not at altitude and doesn't have nearly the elevation differential you're used to...which can be good and bad.

I don't think you're crazy to think you might break 7 hours. :)

These smaller races are all around who shows up...so there's really no telling...how about we place bets on how far back second place finishes - what is the over/under - 1 hour?

Someone on the Pikes Peak message board recommended the Amphipod awhile back and I got one and love it (when I need to use it). It fits right into the small of your back snugly so it never bounces around.