Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week 13 An easy week to recover

A twilight walk  in the Park

Watching the Barkley Marathon which was on this week the toughest ultra in the world Only One finisher this year

Week 13 was an easy week and I need some of these weeks.

I had an easy 8km run on Monday . Tuesday and Wednesday I had off with work and so on Thursday I had a wintrainer session on Zwift with 45 minutes and 18 minutes at effort and the rest in recovery  then ran 5km off the bike

Friday an hour at Jacobs just doing the stairs for 3km and 480m of elevation .

Saturday rode with CRT and the group started with 12 riders but at 45km we had only 7 and at Shelley I time trialed the 6km loop on my own and then rode the rest of the way in front and went a little too hard at the end. The legs were tired. In the afternoon did a 35minute cross fit session with work outs on the arms .

Sunday we ran a short 2 hours instead of the planned 3 as everyone was feeling jaded . managed 1km and about 300m only of elevation. The legs felt tired after the ride and run . Time for the final build session of 3 weeks before we start to taper.

Total for the week an easy  31kms and only 700m of elevation

I did get to watch the Barkley marathon documentary and follow the race which was on the following week . It is the hardest ultra race in the world in so far as the terrain and the fact there is no trail so your compass and map reading skills need to be good . The real purpose in this race and many others at least in the eyes of the organizer Lazarus is simply to challenge yourself .

The fact that only 15 people have finished the race so far with a few double finishers in its 31 year history is not the issue . You come out of the race better for having tested your limits ,  not necessarily finishing.As in life where you don't really have a choice , you just have to tackle it head on . With all races there is choice but the skills and insights about yourself  that come from tackling any ultra or endurance sport is an experience that will make one all the better for it.