No. That is not a typo. That is a prediction. And I believe it is about as accurate as most weather forecasts these days.
Five weeks from today is race day and I am woefully unprepared. Not sure where my training got derailed, but it is what it is. I will continue to prepare the best I can and just deal with the carnage as it happens.
Even though it is a little late in the game, I decided to do a little race reconnaissance using a tried and true method available these days: Google Race Report Search. Unfortunately, that proved to be a major mistake. Here are a few excerpts from the reports I perused:
- Steep climb that lasted almost three miles
- You’ll probably cry, but you’ll still love it
- Another uphill?
- Some big hill called “Death” or “Annihilator”…..
- This is going to be a long day
- I would like to be done now…..thanks.
- If you want to punish yourself, this is the place to do it.
If you are and Ultra Runner and think you are a BADA$$, this is the race for you!
Screwed may be an understatement. Oh well. Like I said, it is what it is.
When I was talking to my friend Paul after the Rocketkidz Foundation meeting, he asked how my training was going. I told him the truth. And then he said this, “Well, you know what to do, so just go do it.” And he was right.
I know how to put my head down and grind out the miles. I know how to manage crippling cramps and keep moving forward. I know pain. I know fatigue. I know misery. I know what to do….I just have to go do it.
And I know why I am doing it to. For Mason and those battling Crohn’s.
So as of now, there is probably an 80% chance of pain on race day.
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Whatever!