So we are 2 months almost to the day from the start of the race! I thought it would be neat to give you some insight into what we’ve been doing, how we are feeling, and what is ahead.
We have been hitting about 15-17 hours of running / hiking weekly logging anywhere from 50 – 90 km depending on the elevation we gain. This is not including spin, strength & mobility sessions. And of course having some fun in life too (tennis, socializing)! In one 72 hour period over the Canada Day weekend we did the equivalent of over 3 half marathons with a ton of elevation gain 1) Ran to Burnaby and back 2) Did the Haines Valley (and down the BCMC) 3) Climbed the Baden Powel to Black Mountain. Let’s just say we scheduled a rest day after that.
How We Are Feeling
If you’ve ever trained for a big endurance event you know that you have ups and downs. Both Kate and I would agree that the last couple weeks have been a grind—a down. However, we are experienced enough to know that this passes and is very normal. This can make things challenging when with your wife / husband too as sometimes you don’t have much to say! You are all talked out, but, it does force you to get creative with conversation and thoughts. As our race start gets closer the fog clears we will begin to get excited / nervous-- ready to see all the hard work about to be put to use!
Our social calendar is a bit busy the next while with weddings on consecutive weekends so we will have some early mornings during the week. We are scheduling an ‘overnight’ training session on the long weekend—something to get us out on trails with headlamps and with some sleep deprivation. Race like conditions! This is imperative as we will run through the night in Italy for sure.