I was in the middle of working on another post about 2013 and everything going forward but that’s going to have to wait a couple of weeks. this week and upcoming weekend’s race kind of snuck up on me. I think I was enjoying the holidays a little too much! My race schedule is getting dialed in, I have an awesome new sponsor, and I am full of motivation. Friday afternoon I’ll be boarding a boat and heading over to Catalina for the Avalon 50 (miler). I have some big plans and challenging races lined up for the first half of the year and Avalon will be the first challenge. I am hoping for quite a different result than my first 50 miler.
I signed up for this race after The North Face 50. I wanna another go at the 50 mile distance and I’m going to use Avalon as a “training” race… if that’s even possible for a 50 miler. I’m going to try some new things, race strategy, pacing, and nutrition-wise on saturday. I want to get it dialed before heading into the races in the coming months that I really want to do with well. With that being said though… I’m still going to try and win… just in a different way than I ever have.
I am going to fight every instinct in my brain and bone in my body and actually start conservatively. I want to heed the advice given to me by everybody leading into North Face and hope to feel good when the race really starts at mile 30. I just like to “race” too much so actually learning to pace myself is going to take some work. If anybody read my TNF50 report I was done by mile 30ish and struggled the last third of the race. I’m hoping with a different approach and some different nutrition I’ll have a much better day.
*late edit. Well I didn’t have some minor food poisoning in my plan this week. Monday night we went out to watch the BCS Championship game and something I ate took me down for the count. I was a zombie and my stomach was a wreck monday night and all day tuesday. It’s wednesday now and after back to back nights of 10+ hours of sleep I’m feeling much better. I’m pretty confident I’ll be 100% by the weekend.
My training since North Face has been so so. I did put in a couple of big weeks and I am feeling really good but I never felt like I was actually “training” with Avalon in my mind. I have just been having a lot of fun running and riding my bike.
- week of 12/3: 23 miles running, 138 miles riding
- week of 12/10: 69 miles running, 76 miles riding
- week of 12/17: 89 miles running, 51 miles riding
- week of 12/24: 53 miles running, 41 miles riding
- week of 12/31 45 miles running, 139 miles riding
One quick thing for the new year…. I’ll officially we be racing for Pro Compression. I have been running and riding the entire line of Pro Compression socks all fall and winter and have been thoroughly impressed. I have made an effort to only work with companies and products that I really believe in so I am more than stoked to team up with them this year.
The guys Pro Compression team have hooked me up with coupon code to give out to my friends that read this. The code below will get you 20% off and free shipping.
2013 is going to be new, fun, challenging year. Hopefully I’ll get a blog post out about my plans in the coming weeks. I’m really excited for this fresh start and a change of focus.
Cheers! some super fresh Racer 5