Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Well, here goes nothing! A little less than four months of training, and a fifty-mile race on Saturday. I am really hoping that we don't have a snow course. Some parts of the course have been impassable up to this week because of unusually heavy spring snows in the high mountains, and the first part of the race is at 9300'. My training fell off at the end because I had to get the house and my life in order to leave town for three weeks. I have been in the ocean frequently, and I have driven to the summit of Mauna Kea twice in the last week, and spent long periods of time at elevation with light exercise hoping it will help me metabolise oxygen at elevation during the run. The cold and snow will be major factors, and I will be sadly disappointed if they change to a snow course because I have spent so much time trying to wrap my head around the heavy downhill descents that run into a couple of nearly vertical climbs. I guess it is time to get out there and see what happens. I must send a huge Mahalo Nui Loa to the mountains of Hawaii Island for not eating me and keeping my corpse in some puka (hole in the lava) while I trained for this race!