Halfway through the training block designed to gain some strength and be able to peak for Steamboat and I'm feeling OK so far. From 8/2 to 8/15 I ran 136.6 miles in 22:11:09. Some good elevation, climbing, and tempo work thrown in there, and this has been a good effort.
The next two weeks is where the chips really count. 50 mile pacing duties on Saturday/Sunday have the mileage and time on the feet there, getting some mid week quicker turnover should allow me to maintain some resemblance of speed, but the HM last Saturday gave me the confidence boost I needed in regards to turnover.
The plan after that is to knock out a 90 mile week capping it with a "tempo" 50K (mix road and trial from the house) and then taper sharply and rest. That should have me at 50, 40, 25 going in to the 18th. I am planning on trying to solve the chafing issue I've dealt with on long runs/races by going to a short tight. Sort of look like a goof, but I don't want bloody thighs like at Sun Mountain any more no matter how stupid I look.
This weekend, Oh man, this weekend is gonna be epic. I wish I could be a million places to see all the fun racing taking place, but I will be in the best possible place of all, in the passenger seat for the 2nd 50 miles of Pb. HERE. WE. GO.
All you racers, It's time to Cowboy up.