Other than having a painful lump on my shin, I seem to be ready for tomorrow's 50K. One CAN get ready for an ultra in 5 days!*
The plan is to go by heart rate, using the "bondage gear" strap again. I can manage an average heart rate of about 150-155 bpm for the five or so hours of the race, though the past few races have started at 160 and ended at 130 or less (sometimes a LOT less). This is where the "run like a girl" comment from an earlier post comes in - it's not meant to be derogatory. The "guy" method of averaging a given heart rate is to start fast and build to that average immediately, then hold onto that average by slowing continuously. The "girl" method is to run even pace, so the heart rate starts slow and builds to a maximum at the end - which is the most efficient way to run. The flaw with the first method is that it's easy to overestimate ability, ending up crashing and finishing very slowly; one sees a lot of guys (especially me) doing this. The flaw with the second method is that it's easy to underestimate ability, causing one to finish slower than one could go, with so much energy left that one feels one could do the whole thing over again; one sees a lot of women do this. And guys like me who crash and burn hate seeing women finish ahead of them looking fresh, causing them to think things like "the least you could do is put some EFFORT into it!" So, tomorrow, I'm going to try to start slow and try to relax going up Moose and Mystery Mountains the first time and save something for the return trip up them.
(For those uninitiated to the SHT, here's one of Kel's photos of the course. And here's Gretchen and Mike's dopey photo of me from last year's race)
*The validity of that statement is yet to be determined.
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