Monday, August 2, 2010

Odd thoughts on my taper and Leadville...

This odd typical thought/ feeling came to me this morning.
Now that the training for Leadville is pretty much done with and my 'hay is in the barn' I am quite satisfied with the Summer. In the sense that whether I run Leadville or not I'm going to be satisfied with the training I put in which is always the most fun part for me. Like driving across the US to see a city and then never seeing the city... you still saw tons along the way that most likely, as a whole, far surpasses what that city has to offer.
I feel good physically and I think my running has gone swimmingly. But when I step back and look at the big picture, Leadville doesn't need to happen in order for me to be very pleased with my year... I don't want the race to ruin all of this awesome training! If my alarm doesn't go off on Friday the 20th and I miss 'weigh in' then I don't think I'll care too much.

29 comments:

GZ said...

Journey, destination ... similar post today and feelings at my end. I could trip and fall tomorrow and there could be no race. Oh well.

But it helps to be the fourth ranked ass in the world.

Jason said...

Long time lurker/reader. I would have to agree with you. Everything you do leading up to that "big day" almost makes that day seem less of a big deal. All the stories/experiences you made leading up to that day are, in my eyes, one of the best parts about training.

Lucho said...

4th ranked ass is quite an accomplishment. Of course I have been told I am the biggest ass in the world.
At the end of the day we have our kids and families. I love the idea that if I don't go to Leadville on that Friday my wife and my sons will still look at me with a smile on their face and love in their hearts. How can I be upset?

Lucho said...

Jason- Exactly. We have months of anticipation and weekly epic workouts and day after day of satisfying training.
Cheers!

Jim P. said...

On the other hand...the satisfaction of completing and competing well at something you spent many hours training for (away from family/work/friends) also can be the source of enormous satisfaction (and makes for darn interesting reading when the experience is put to words and posted, say, on a blog!).

No question the journey is reward enough (especially when it includes miles and miles of mountain singletrack). Still, the destination can make the journey even more sweet, particularly in the right frame of mind.

Imagine how it must feel riding into Paris at the end of the Tour de France, even if you're in 120th place.

Lucho said...

Great points Jim, though 'the right frame of mind' seems to elude me these days. I will almost certainly run Leadville and something that a friend suggested I do rather than skip the start is to run on the front and push the leader (Anton). If I blow then I blow... but if I don't then I will have an epic day. And then a sweet blog post of what it's like to run on the front of a legendary race with a legend. Could be fun?

GZ said...

Pretty certain Tony is in Leadville .... http://wpblogs.runningtimes.com/blogs/antonkrupicka/

That and Pikes reg is closed to all but former champs.

Lucho said...

Was it ever a serious question... really?
Tony goes to Pikes and gets his ass handed to him by 5 guys with true speed... or he goes to Leadville and wins easily (who is entered?)

The only person who can beat Tony at Leadville is Tony.

Justin Mock said...

Very interesting in how you plan to go out! I would tend to disagree as you're giving yourself an easy excuse to DNF by doing that.

Had Tony raced PPM, I think both GZ and I had him pegged at 2nd with only Matt C beating him.

Lucho said...

Wow Justin... not sure where to begin on that other than that attitude is such a pussy way out. An 'easy excuse to DNF' because I had the balls to even try to win ties straight in to the fact that you picked Anton over yourself which only shows what you lack the most- BALLS. You are faster, more talented, and more capable over the marathon distance (even up and down a mountain) than he is... step up and grow a pair and go with the leaders up Pikes and you may surprise yourself. But you have to have the balls to TRY for God sake! That sit back and play it safe attitude is pathetic and NOTHING great ever came from it and when you criticize others for having balls it only comes off as being weak and meek. Fuck that. Give people with the guts to try something crazy and bold some credit and even better- try it yourself. You have huge potential man, why sit back and be scared of failing?
And saying that YOU picked him to get second means what? What were your picks for Barr? Matt C to win?

And finally. Go back and re-read what I wrote, "something that a friend suggested I do". That doesn't mean I am going to do it. But now you have me so worked up and pissed... I think I will :)
Cheers

Lucho said...

I love it when people put a spark to me Justin. I'm not pissed at you, just riled up, and that's a good thing. GZ and Jeff Keil have seen me this way too many times. Thanks for the comment!

And that should be 'God's'...

Justin Mock said...

Wow back at ya. I didn't think there was anything contentious in my comment and that wasn't my intent, but if it motivates you to race hard, all the better.

Lucho said...

But you also could crush it at Pikes and it pisses me off that you think that race strategy is setting one up for failure. It is for sure! BUT it is also setting you up for doing something great and unexpected... which you can do. Go with the leaders and go till you blow. Either you do something amazing or you still do something amazing- you had the guts to try. In this day and age that is something.

Jim P. said...

GZ, Justin and I had a good-cop, bad-cop plan for getting you riled up. Based on the original post...it sounded like you needed some rilin'!

Go get 'em.

Lucho said...

Damn... am I THAT predictable!? Well your plan worked. Thank you and cheers!

Josh said...

Regarding your race strategy...this about sums it up...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sahSEi7diAc

Lucho said...

Exactly. That is awesome Josh.

GZ said...

I love where the fighter takes that hit, and just smiles at the guy back.

Lucho said...

Lots of cool little blips in there. But ya. Getting punched in the face and then smiling back at the guy is bad ass.

Footfeathers said...

I ain't taking two days off of work, dragging my ass up and down hope pass, slogging through the river and stumbling along the rutty path by turquoise lake trying to keep up with you unless you're going to race hard. I wouldn't expect anything less.

Lucho said...

I'd be a daisy if I didn't... you'll want to taper a bit I think.

Jim P. said...

Now this is getting good!

Lucho said...

Eh.... it's all just talk though! I know nothing of what to expect after I hit 50 miles. I will certainly be running with respect and humility regarding the distance.

GZ said...

Did you hear the one where Lucho and GZ robbed a bank?

No?

Well, it never happened. But their preparation were the best. They actually like training for robbing the bank better than the actual hold ups.

Might have been the nylon masks over the face that they really liked.

Lucho said...

Ha! I love it.

Jeff Valliere said...

You have done some great training, run a smart race and I am confident you will do very well. Regardless, enjoy yourself out there, that is what it is all about. Best wishes to you in this endeavor.

Lucho said...

Thanks JV. Enjoying the day really is the key for me. I don't think I'll bother to finish if I stop enjoying the day. So far my only numbers goal is to consume 3200 calories and 320 oz of water by Winfield. I figure after that there's little use in a 'plan'.

Dave said...

Screw 'smart', go for it and see what happens. 8.5 minute miles will not get you tired--100 miles will. Finish that shit as fast as possible, preferably while listening to some Native American drumbeats, then write a sweet blog post about the experience.

Then again, I'd be the guy that sprints off the front in the Tour just to get on TV. So take my advice with a 55 gallon barrel of salt.

Really, as you were saying the other night, look at Geoff and Tony. Totally different approaches, amazing results. How much of ultras is training and how much is approach is debatable--I think you have the training, so f**k approach. Either way, you are a winner in my book. Granted, my book has pop-up pictures and the grammar appears to be translated from English to Japanese, then back to English before finally being translated to "Tea Party Signholder."

Lucho said...

Yes, I think the drum music is going to be big for me. Thanks for the god words!
And than you for spending your last night in Colorado with us! Hopefully you'll come back next Summer?
T