This evening I plugged in my MiNewt and Dinotte systems to run a charge into the batteries for the 24hr solo mtb race this weekend, as I stood there in the dark kitchen staring at the green and red charging indicators I could start to feel the anticipation of the event beginning to build inside of me. This one is a different kind of 24hr solo than all my other Ultra events, I'm going into this race hoping I can race for fun, meaning I really have to ease the throttle back and not race at maximum effort. If I race hard this weekend I will need a few weeks to recover and I'm trying to keep my eye on having a solid effort at the event after this weekend which is the 48hr solo race in mid-Nov. So in this case I can't afford the recovery time.
I've been telling myself for weeks now, "go race, but don't really race, have fun, but not too much fun, put in a good effort but be smart and don't setup a pressure cooker pace..." I've been trying to convince myself to treat this weekend like a training event, I've come really, really close to convincing myself - but just when I start to believe that I might be able to have a bunch of fun laps that sneaky little voice says "hey, last year at this race you lost first place by five minutes" - that little voice sucks.
I suspect I'll figure out what to do somewhere between the 12-18hr point in the race. Ohhhhhhhh I hope I don't get sucked in to a race. If you see me out there, please punch me in the shoulder and tell me not to take it seriously, tell me to slow down and have fuuuuunnnnnnnn, but if I have a good lead by the 20hr point, punch me in the shoulder and tell me to speed up! ;-)
Oct 14, 2008