2 weeks of blog this week – I didn't think last week was worth blogging about.
23 weeks till the lakeland 100
? Weeks till BG
Mon – Sat: Nothing, resting sore left heal and recovering from a cold.
Sunday – BG leg 4 reconnaissance with Jim. 13 miles, 1800m of ascent, kept cocking up the nav on the way to Wasdale, see picture. 3 cockups in about 5 miles is going some. But in our defence it was claggy and snowy, good to get a bit of climbing in the legs after a week off.
Total of 13 miles and 1800m of ascent – not enough.
|Can you spot the 3 cockups? - prize for anyone who can explain cockup 2 to me - I don't know what we were thinking.|
Mon – Nothing
Tue – BG L1 reccy – 13 miles, 1800m of ascent.
Wed – Run with Fiona around Langdale – 9 miles, 1200m of ascent.
Thursday – Clough Head reccy – 7 miles 800m.
Saturday – Kinder Scout run – 22 miles, 1400m.
|Langdale running down The Band|
|Kinder Downfall blowing up.|
Total of 51 miles and 5200m of ascent – biggest week for a long time (ever?)
Not a huge about to say this post except the obvious that the first week wasn't enough and the second was big.
I have managed my heal problem by running in my knackered old innov8 X-talons, which seems to have let it settle down despite the big week I have just had.
I thought I would take this week to look back on my highlighted issues from blog post 1.
- Not being prepared for running out of energy. Sounds silly, but when I hit empty on the way to Bow Fell I collapsed so spectacularly that I must have done something wrong. More days training on little or no food to get me used to it this time.
Mixed success with this, I have tried several runs on no food and generally bottled out and eaten something when I started to fall apart – I did manage 2.5 hours without food or breakfast a couple of weeks ago, so perhaps progress here – I will keep on with this over the next few weeks.
- Bad weather - don't set off in shit weather next time. Have a small moveable team.
I reckon I can do a BG with a running team of 3 – L1/2, L3, L4/5 and I hope that I have 3 good enough guys who are reliable and generally available to put this plan in place.
- Pain killers, play around with paracetamol and ibuprofen to get used to how it works with me on long days.
Ibuprofen seems to work well – felt really strong on my 30 after a couple of Ibuprofen half way around, and this has fixed a small pain behind my knee cap on another occasion.
Good progress on all these points I think.
The other thing in blog post 1 was this.
- “Not enough long training days, I didn't get out for over 8 hours enough times, so when I did, it was a shock to my system. I figured if I could do 55 miles and feel fine, then I could get around the BGR, I was wrong. More long days this time. “
I count a good training day as 8 hours+, looking back I see the rather disappointing tally of 1 good training day, and 1 day that came in at around 7 hours. Not good enough, I told Jim yesterday that I would be BG ready if I managed 6 good training days in the next 6 weeks and I do believe that. So that's the target. Six 8+ hour days in the next 6 weeks, then I am ready for the first spring weather window that comes up.
Something else that has been nagging away at me is that the BG gold training standard is 3000m of ascent a week. Counting up now I realise that of the last 12 weeks I have only managed 3000m of ascent 4 times. This is a body blow for me to realise this.
I thought things were going well with the training for the BG and writing the last 2 paragraphs makes me realise how I have been kidding myself.
Must try harder. I want to do other things, but feel I need to get round a BG first, I can't explain why, but it is something I need to do.
6 weeks good training and I have a chance.