As part of prep for an Ultra, go and do an ultra. Go figure
10 laps of a 5.1 mile loop. The weeks of consistent training contributed to a positive mindset and confidence in what pace to set. Strong 15 mph winds down the prom for 2 miles. 1 mile of zigzags, stairs and shelter before drilling back into the wind for 2 miles. A fine balanced session.
There has been plenty of mileage going in. However, endurance at low intensity 60-70% max and interval training at high 90%+ efforts both compliment the future physical demand.
Every lap was followed by a 3-8 minute break to apply nutrition and manage body.
This included, amongst others, topping up bottles of electrolyte. Foot and socks being wiped as the sand was building up every lap. Full clothing change in the second half to freshen up and insulate as the body tired. Eat a meal of omelette and coffee.
A steady pace was maintained thanks to an amazing group of mules, friends and Jayne. The Oner will be solo paced, however there are 9 checkpoints where support is available and required! Thanks to Teresa, Doug, Neil, Katie, Dale, Nikki, Mark, Paul and Jayne. Pacing and patiently listening and coaching throughout.
Jayne is the third lung during this effort.
Throughout this session there was constant mantra repeated. "This is training" - chill out, rely on experience, pay the distance respect and get up tmw with a spring in the step.
Including the mini breaks, overall active time was 8:40, with a moving time of 7:40. Pace was maintained throughout. I woke up on Sunday feeling healthy and minimal soreness.
Its great to see the fundraising money go up and still 5 weeks to rally some more money for the Royal Marines Association. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/onemadmule
Another opportunity to practice what I preach. Learn from others. Understand purpose. Keep a level head on reality.
Going long is no joke, though, it is funny.
There appears to be no reason to do it, UNLESS,
it is embraced, approached with respect and creates a layer of happiness.
Best in living
Rich - just another Madmule