Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Pre Race Nerves



Feeling a touch nervous for this weekend’s 24 hour Ultra Race at Ashburnham Place in Sussex (http://www.24ultrarun.co.uk/).   Has enough training been done?  How will I cope with the lack of sleep and the sheer amount of time on feet?  Will I let my buddies James, Jamie and David down?  We’ll find out on the weekend, but there’s no doubt this race is going to be an almighty challenge.  The aim is to run a minimum of 113 miles in 24 hours meaning a relatively stately average of just under 5 mph is needed.  5mph doesn’t sound too bad, but it doesn’t take much to go wrong to start threatening that pace.  Bad weather, difficult conditions underfoot, a bit of stomach trouble or just plain old exhaustion could be enough to put us under pressure.  All that being said, I’m really looking forward to the challenge and hopefully getting it done.  Training has gone pretty well since R2TS in July, I’ve no major niggles to speak of, and the weather forecast whilst not fantastic looks bearable for the weekend.  In case anyone is interested (which seems unlikely!), here is our pacing plan for this weekend:

Hour
Stage
Required mph
mins/mile
Stage Total
50/50 Mileage Split
50/50 %
 split
1
1 - Feeling Strong (2pm to 8pm)
5.75
10.4
34
65.5
57
2
5.75
10.4
3
5.75
10.4
4
5.75
10.4
5
5.5
10.9
6
5.5
10.9
7
2 - Getting Tougher (8pm to 2am)
5.5
10.9
31.5
8
5.5
10.9
9
5.5
10.9
10
5
12
11
5
12
12
5
12
13
3 - Dead of night (2am to 8am)
4.8
12.5
25.6
49.4
43
14
4.8
12.5
15
4
15
16
4
15
17
4
15
18
4
15
19
4 - A second wind?   But don't bet on it (8am to 2pm)
5
12
23.8
20
5
12
21
4.8
12.5
22
3
20
23
3
20
24
3
20


114.9

114.9



Wish us luck, please!!

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