20in24 - Saturday @ 10AM until Sunday at 10AM
Here's what you should know.
I've put myself through every brutal hot day so far this year. Running, biking, walking.
And the race is now supposed to enjoy mild weather in the mid-80's with low humidity.
The means temperatures at night will be in the 60's.
While I'm glad I pushed the heat acclimation, I learned something:
My body is not made for heat.
It is made for cold.
But, I give props to anyone who can thrive in the heat.
I sweat too much, drink too much (water), and slow down too much.
I welcome this well-timed break in the heat!
I've gotten more sleep in these past few weeks than any other time this year.
Most of that is thanks to my guardian angel pushing the sleep topic.
But, I also read that increased sleep 2 weeks before an ultramarathon leads to better results.
Works for me.
What I did:
If I got to bed after 10PM, I forbid myself from visiting the gym at 5AM the next day.
Yes, that meant less gym. But I think it also meant a softer taper.
On race day, I'm planning to drink Ensure after every 8.5 mile loop until I exhaust my supply (9 cans).
I like that Ensure contains a large amount of wide spectrum electrolytes.
With as much as I sweat, I need them.
The race aid stations also supply ample food and drink.
I'll be sticking with whatever sugar-free electrolyte replacement drink they offer.
See. My teeth don't have much enamel left.
And while I've never had a cavity, they are extremely sensitive to sugar.
Gotta be sugar-free.
Oh boy am I nervous!
I'm worried about the pre-race health check.
They're gonna complain about my blood pressure.
I even tried 15 minutes of meditation today (a little late I know).
When you're tired, it's not meditation, it is head nodding, head whipping back, head nodding, head whipping back...
I am worried about surviving the next 36 hours without injuring myself.
When I play Dad, I am always at risk.
And the last Eep.
Putting together my race supply checklist today, my nervous stomach was doing somersaults.
So here it is.
I give you my stomach tumbling checklist (completely fulfilled just a few minutes ago).
- Ensure, old and new, refrigerated
- Medium Size cooler
- Source of ICE, Wawa
- 6 PowerAdes
- Vitamin D
- Baby Aspirin
- Toilet paper
- Antibacterial Spray
- Antibacterial Gel
- Baby Powder
- Toiletry Bag
- SUN BLOCK
- Tooth Brush
- Mouth rinse
- Athletic Tape
- Tough Strips
- Blister Pads
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Nail Cips
- Little Scissors
- Headlamp with fresh batteries
- Extra batteries
- Reflective bracelets
- Reflective hat
- Reflective VEST
- Handheld bottle (x2) and holder
- Homemade legionnaires cap
- Regular running cap
- Saucony singlet
- 4 technical t-shirts
- Tri Shorts
- Compression Shorts
- All running shorts
- Race belt
- Little race belt bag
- Wrist bags
- All running socks
- 2 pairs of running shoes – New and ProGrid 3’s
- Orthotics – Old and New
- Pre/Post-race – boxers, normal shorts, t-shirt and Nike Cap
- Non-running shoes
- Kodak Camcorder
- Cell Phone
- Car keys
- Home-made Gaiters
- This is Gonna Hurt - book
- Towels (soap?)
- Safety pins
That's it! Did I forget anything?
No? Then, just insert RUN.