Well now that Kettles over and done with. Whats next. Where do I go from here. After doing some minor wound licking for a day or two. To nobodies suspicion. I decided I wanted to give the Psummer Psycho 50km a shot again. I was at work when I made the decision. Wrote Bad Ben asking him what day for sure it was going to be on this year and then told him I'd be there ready to have some fun. After firing the e-mail to Ben I ran over to put in for the time off on the schedule. To my dismay there was already too many people signed up for the same day off. So my request for the day was denied. SHIT... I e-mailed Ben back explaining I acted to late and apologized. This sucks. I really feel good right now and I just want to run. I'm sure I could find another race to jump into somewhere but with gas prices the way they are these days and trying to save money with the new kid on the way Psummer Psycho was the logical choice.
This brings me to the question of what next? So this whole past week I have been trying to figure out what it is that I really want out of this ultra running thing. Since running 100 milers obviously isn't my thing. What other goals did I have out there that I haven't yet achieved. With the time frame that I have before the new baby comes. The physical condition that I'm currently in and the fact that I'm only getting older each year. The list of crap I wanted to do before it was too late ended up being very short.
The first and only goal on my list. Was that I want to run a sub 6:45 50miler. A goal of which I think I could obtain this year if I play my cards just right. There is a couple of races I have in mind for this to happen. Though I haven't committed to any yet. I want to make sure that I am completely healed up from any little nagging injury that I have at this time. Though I'm back into my running program and have no fatigue from Kettle. I don't see a big rush to get out there and crank up the miles. There are still some things that I want to work on with my mechanics. Bad habits that have developed. Overcompensation from other various injuries. I want to take another 3 to 4 weeks of around 50 miles per week running to get it all worked out and running smooth again.
No races until September. I modified my training schedule to focus on getting my cruise speed down to where I am comfortable and happy with. All quality miles logged. Hopefully none of which will be junk. Long runs spaced appropriately apart. Key easy weeks with some road cycling built in. With enough interval sessions to make you throw up.
Its not just enough to do the work but I had to take a serious look at what I was putting into my body as well. The first thing to go was all the refined sugars and saturated fats. I came up with a pretty good diet I think I can stick to for awhile anyway. Its not perfect but Its better than what I'm used to. The thing I want to really focus on is being able to recover after hard workouts. In the past I've been like "whatever"after the tough ones but now I want to take complete advantage of the recovery process. Making sure I reach the starting line of my goal race ready to run and run well. That would be nice for a change.
Enough of that. I want to give a big shout out to all my friends that are heading up to Bighorn this weekend. Kyle, Tony take care and look out for each other. Give 'em all hell boys. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. To everyone else stay safe and healthy.