AR 50 Status

On Dec 31st I predicted I would have 550 miles in my legs from the 4 months leading into AR50.

As of March 20th I have 505 miles in the bank with 14 days to go. Based on my normal mileage, I should hit 550 miles right on the dot sometime the week before AR50. I have already started tapering due to some nagging back pain that I think might be Piriformis muscle pain, but my doctor seemed to think was a lower back injury. Going to get some sports massage and some PT in the next week to see if I can get the tweaks out.

I always wonder if a 2 week plus taper will leave me weak on race day, but I plan on doing a lot of cross training to counter that worry. I will get close to 100 miles on the bike this week in effort to insure I get some strong aerobic exercise. Nothing beats the bike for really hammering yourself in the ground without much worry about injury. I cant afford to push myself running like I really want to as injury is just around the corner. On a hill climb you can go so deep into the red that your going to die and you just cant do that running unless you want to blow your season.

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Jason Dittle said…
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nrmrvrk said…
Cycling is great that way. You can really pump yourself into O2 debt and go completely anaerobic if you try hard enough. With running you just get tired of working so hard and back off subconsciously. With cycling you back off on the descents and sometimes the flats.
Jean Pommier said…
See you in two weeks, "Nockee", and enjoy the rides in the meantime, quite an active tapering indeed.

Jean.
Catherine said…
Chris, thanks for visiting my blog. I just perused yours a bit and it looks like your training build up for AR50 is a lot like I wanted mine to be. Oh well, the best laid plans..........
Yes, I plan on doing run/walk but I find I can't stay disciplined, just do what feels right. Maybe I'll see you Saturday.
Catherine
Granger said…
Run, Forrest, Walk (don't forget your 3/2)!

Have fun and good luck tomorrow.