Spending the better part of 2 weeks putting together a training plan for Leadville has gotten me in touch with the gravity of what I've chosen to undertake. I ran the Steamboat 50 in 2010 with little in the way of a formal plan, just get out for a bunch of long runs, line up and hope to finish in daylight.
This year I had a bit of an expectation that I might run Imogene and Steamboat again. But when registration time came and went for those races, I wasn't able to commit and they both filled quickly. I ended up with all of 1 race on my schedule this year - the Blues Cruise 50k. I'll say that went well, but I've got some nagging regrets.
This coming year is going to be interesting. The 80k in Argentina which was run in May last year is being run in September this year; a bit too late for any kind of a form check. That means the possibility that the Ultramaraton de los Andes in Santaigo will be early in the year - perhaps I'll do that. I'd really love a trip to the States April though (Fruita)...
Anyway I've outlined my training plan in greater detail. While I look to preserve the peace at home, Sunday will always be a day off, and Saturday short and intense. I have 3 key workouts per week and "3" more which represent ritual miles. One of the key workouts is the long run which will be uninterupted. The other 2 key workouts have guidelines attached - Interval session, tempo or hills. Depending where I am though those guidelines will change. If I'm in Cuevas: I'll be running hills.
Here's a chart:
In the previous post where I shared a training chart, Brandon suggested I didn't have enough long runs scheduled. I decided he was likely right so I added another 3 week cycle of increasing mileage long runs, with the last a 50 miler, 6 weeks out from Leadville.
This is a daunting task ahead. My longest mileage week ever will come on the 9th of April and I've got 5 weeks scheduled after that which are even longer. Eeek.
All is subject to change and injury is going to be a very serious concern for me. The good news is I can see myself completing the training. Maybe that means I can see myself completing the race.
Thanks for reading and please let me know how I can make this better.