Friday, July 31, 2009

Ramping up

Yesterday, I wrote an abbreviated plan to make sure I'm in some kind of shape for Haliburton. I've been lowering the volume since Creemore Vertical Challenge on July 4th to give my right ankle a chance to heal. Since mid-March, I've raced four 50km races and one 50 miler as well as two Sprint Triathlons and crushed my 5k PR with my first ever sub-20 time. I think I needed a little rest.

The plan is now to increase the volume back up to a rolling max of between 65 and 100 km per week. This is as much as I can run without feeling like it's work. As much as I love running, those long 40 or 50k training runs all by myself can be a bit of a grind. That's why I like to sign up for as many ultra races as I can, but I can't make it to Dirty Girls so I'll have to do it the hard way.

I'm still very pumped about Rock And Ice. I'm preparing a list of all the things I need to get (and learn to use) before the race. I'm not really a camper. Camping in itself is of no interest to me. I have a love/hate relationship with mosquitoes. They love me and I hate them. This means that I have to get a lot of stuff. Not that most people own a -30C sleeping bag and a bivy sack anyway so I doubt I'm the only one in that situation.

Here are a couple of picture I lifted from a Rock And Ice 2009 video on Youtube:

For some reason, those images made me feel like this something I have to experience.


Hone said...

Amazing pictures!!

I also find it a grind to do long runs and never have the will power to go out and run more than 20 miles without someone with me. I kinda like to race my way into shape.

The Rock and Ice would be quite the adventure.

Caroline Novak said...

I love those pics - wow look at those tents all lit up against that beautiful backdrop!! Can see why you're enticed!

Derrick said...

Love that shot of the northern lights over the stage camp. And it's so much more spectacular when you're up you can reach out and touch it. Just incredible!