Thursday, April 29, 2010
I'm resting today to try to shake the fatigue from my legs a bit before heading up to Buena Vista tomorrow for the Collegiate Peaks 50 mile on Saturday morning. This will be my 3rd 'ultra' and I feel and think very much like a tentative rookie. The plan is to take it out easy and relaxed and just try to have a strong second 25 miles. I wish I had the confidence to go with the leaders but I just don't feel that yet. It looks like the field will be fast and strong and I'll hopefully sweep up some carnage in the late miles. I learned little in my first ultra, a 50 mile race in Alabama in which I won too easily and was never challenged, not even by myself. I learned a ton in my second race in Moab this year where I was completely crushed not only by the field and the course but by my own mental weaknesses. Saturday I will be simply trying to prevent those mental weaknesses from surfacing and to learn a little more in prep for Leadville in August. Nick has been kind enough to give some insight in the comments on yesterday's post.