What Matt Said
Posted by scott on April 6, 2010
Ditto what Matt said about race week and the shadow. This line in particular – the mind and body starts playing tricks on you. All insecurities come to the forefront. Too true.
I generally feel confident about my training, even though its not a traditional approach. I sure enjoy it, anyways. But that goes out the window about 2 weeks ahead of an ultra, especially this time around.
I make the mistake of reading what everyone else has done that’s so different from what I have done and it sinks in. I keep thinking that I should have done more, should have done different. Those insecurities take deep root, and I try fight them off with the more accurate rationalizations: there is no playbook for ultra training; what works for one can ruin another; I trained in a way that matches our overall family lifestyle, and addressed the things I think are most critical for me. Like another commenter on Matt’s blog said – the hay is already in the barn.
One of my favorite race reports ever was Julie Berg’s 2008 Javelina Jundred report. It contains the best single piece of ultra advice I have heard: Quit thinking about the problem and begin to think about the solution. That is my race strategy in a nutshell. For everything that seems to go “wrong” I remind myself of something that is going great, and stay positive.
No matter what, the Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run will be a blast. I have an awesome crew. It might be a training run for Superior 100. It might be my first 100 finish. My optimistic son even asked “what happens if you win?” Not too worried about that. Either way, I will have learned something new by Saturday afternoon.