I have 'run' out of time! I feel like I could have used another 5 weeks, which is why most people take 16 weeks to train for an ultra and not 10 like me. It seemed doable in January but that was very likely because I was coming off 6 weeks rest from my surgery and super-duper antsy. Just anxious to get moving and get back in the game.
My plan for Chuckanut has played out almost to a tee though. I recognized I only had 10 weeks total, 8 weeks to build and 2 for taper. I focused on cross-training with spin classes I was teaching and longer rides on my wind-trainer at home and/or spoovie nights. I also doubled up the odd day with a 1.5hr trail run in the morning and 2hr spin at night. I really only ran 2x's per week with the odd 3day running week on my builds leading into rest week. Mind you, I didn't cut back my long runs as I didn't have time. I basically started at 2hrs and progressed into 3 runs over 4hrs. My longest run was only 36km and 4.5hrs... but I did manage to exceed the elevation required for the race with 5500 feet in that run.
Anyhow, I feel like I did a good enough job and that I can go into Chuckanut able to finish if I pace myself and take speedy expectations out of it. Besides, this is the first preparation race I have for the Alps. If I can't perserver this race then I might as well toss in the towel. So I have no choice! It's for the greater cause! Must.................. finish..................... Chuckanut...............
It's funny though because it has been 2 years since I have ran an ultra. Yup! I have been focusing on mountain biking and coaching/running with the PACE group but nothing exceeding 21k. So I feel a tad out of practice. Hoping it will all come back to me and fall into place, of course. What could possibly go wrong?