Yes.. Four weeks from this moment I will by navigating the Zumbro Bottoms scenic area, getting ready for a long night of running.
I have a strange sense of calm. I am not worried anymore. This is one of those types of races where one has to have a plan and strategy to deal with the mental and physical things that creep up.
For me, the biggest obstacle is a high dew point (above 60) which there is zero chance of happening at this race (okay...maybe 5%).
The next obstacles down the list are ones which can be overcome by during the race (outside of a significant injury). For me, preparing for all of these obstacles and how I will deal with them is 1/2 the race. The other 1/2 is split by how I manage my pace, and how I manage my fuel. Hydration is not a problem for me in the cold.. Just keep x amount flowing.
Steve G mentioned my head is not into it. Partially true. Part of my mentality at this point is talking my self down to a calm level. Unlike a marathon, where people get pumped up the weeks before, I find I almost have to do the opposite for these. You have to cruise into the start like it is just another day. Calm, cool, collective. Get through the first 30 miles in a calm manner, then the worries about training go away.
My fears lie in 3am to 5am. The goal is to be far enough in the race that the excitement of getting it done is offset by the death spiral of 4-5 am.
The training run at Zumbro is confirmed, and I am looking forward to a hardcore tune up run/race.
My calves are seriously sore from KG and Double putting the hurt on me, but I will be thanking them in 4 weeks.
Time for planning to commence.
Good luck to Helen at Way Too Cool 50k tomorrow in California. Don't let them confuse an Irish accent for Minnesotan'.
Try not to get too bloody and/or dirty, Helen.