with less than two weeks to go until The North Face Endurance Challenge Series GORE-TEX® 50 Mile trail race i'm into full-on fat-loading and taper mode. so far for 2015 i've logged over 2800km in workouts, a good proportion of that i would consider as build-up for this ultramarathon. i've gotten in my interval work, long runs, hill sprints (up and down), and time trials. aside from a few short-lived knee issues i've managed to stay injury-free and post several encouraging race times that lead me to believe that i'm in good shape to be able to complete this event upright.
which means that it's now also time to start thinking about goal-setting.
i've said from the outset that since this is an entirely new distance test for me that my #1 objective in this race is simply to survive it. however, to be fair that goal was originally considered against the context of my experience running 56km in the 2014 limberlost challenge where i felt like i was trudging through the valley of the shadow of death. now, having finished my 50k at sulphur springs in a much more encouraging time i feel like i want to be a bit more ambitious (without being presumptuous).
so once again with the intention of having the small circle of people who read this blog hold me accountable, here are my three goal levels:
- 'A' goal - finish within top 10 for my age-group
- 'B' goal - finish in between 8:30-9:00 hours
- 'C' goal - finish and stay out of the medical staff tent.
and there are still spots available if you're interested - register online and don't forget to use the promo code D30PVON15 for a 15% discount on any race distance!