Monday, September 13, 2010

Support Crew.

Crew Meeting

Running a race of this distance and duration requires a bit more than just putting one foot in front of the other and having a dedicated support crew can make the difference between success and failure.  With 75 checkpoints along the route and the option to leave a drop bag at every checkpoint it might make it sound possible to be self sufficient but if your bag is 1 of possibly 400 drop bags it can be very time consuming and frustrating trying to find your stuff.  Having a friendly face to even hand over your food can make all the difference and save the precious minutes as 2 minutes at half the checkpoints can cost over an hour and thats before toilet breaks and gear changes.

We have a plan and have worked out what we think will be the most time effective system and we know from hour to hour what I will eat and wear.  The plan is cast in stone but will be subject to change once the race starts:)

John Belton, New You.

From previous races of similar duration or terrain I know that my hamstring tends to tighten up so today Jarlath and I had an assisted stretching session with John Belton and he gave us a stretching routine that should take less than 3 minutes.  We practiced a routine whereby I run into the checkpoint and hit the deck onto a laid out Yoga mat and Jarlath will know what to do.

No run today, I'm Tapering!

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