No, correct that.
I have done jack squat preparing everything I need for the race. The course did not even sound like it was finalized until last week. Here is a synopsis
Start to aid station 1 (s/f) 5.7 mi.
AS 1 to AS 2 5.5 mi.
AS 2 to AS 3 6.1 mi.
AS 3 to finish 2.7 mi.
Piece of cake. 6.1 miles being the longest between aid stations. I believe AS 2 is also the start/finish.
It is one week away, and I have only thought about running. I have not thought at all about gear, fueling/hydration strategy, race strategy, etc.
I am kind of going into this with a "See how it feels at the start, and then run by how I feel". If I feel real good, I might push it harder. I believe it makes some sense to run faster when you still have energy, instead of wasting all of the good energy on a slow pace. Either way, one hits the bottom, the question is when and where.
Oddly enough, my biggest concern is what to do on Friday. I have never had a race where I hang around all day and start after I normally go to bed. I think I will wake up super early Friday morning, eat a 2-3pm dinner, take a nap, and leave around 8pm. As much as I want to get there early to cheer the 100s, I will go nuts and drain my energy if I am there too early.
What are my goals?
Nothing I am willing to share. The only time I have run this far is at Superior 100 last year, and I walked most of mile 45-62. That was a much more rugged course, though, and I am in better shape. My knee went out right after 62, so I am not worried about it.
I would love to break 12, and think it is a possibility, but who knows.
13 hours could happen. 14 might happen.
I do know this... I am going in rested.