September 18, 2009

Over the next horizon ...

is Hinson Lake 24-Hour Ultra Classic, the one I've been prepping for since Umstead 100 back in April.

Format: 1.52-mile loop around a small lake in the hamlet of Rockingham, N.C. Soft, rock-free surface. Basically flat. Gun fires at 8 a.m. Saturday. Air horn blares at 8 a.m. Sunday. If it works out the way I've been dreaming it will, I will still be out on the course. Running.

Plan: Run 5 minutes. Beep. Walk 5 minutes. Repeat. Do. Not. Go. Out. Too. Fast.

Food: HammerGel at one to two hits per hour until dark. Nutri-Grain bars after that. One 8 oz. chocolate milk every two hours. Also, I'll be rockin' the Succeed Caps every hour on the hour until dark. I have ginger. I have Maalox chewables.

Prep: Crazy amounts of climbing and dropping. Lots and lots of bodyweight leg work. A 1:50 at the wicked 15-Mile Charleston Distance Run two Saturdays ago, way faster than I thought I could go. Or would.

Last year, I wasn't this uber-fit, started too fast and spent the last 2 hours getting my butt kicked by the Barf Monster before throwing in the towel at 15 hours and 63 miles.

Am I ready this Hinson? Yeah. Yeah, I am. Nervous? That too. How's that feel? Pretty darn good.


Sophie Speidel said...

Go Go GO!!!! I know you will have a great day. Be sure to post a report!! :-)

Mike Bailey said...

Hey Bill,

Good luck down at Hinson Lake. I thought about joining you, but my Mom's birthday is this weekend. From your training, I think you will do well. 100 miles in the bag. Hope to hear some stories from you. I'll talk to you later!


Rick Gray said...

Bill, Good luck at Henson this weekend. You are ready and from the sounds of things you have everything that you might possibly need. You will nail this 24 hour this year. Rick

And Miles 2 Go said...

Thanks, you guys. Appreciate the support! Gonna be steamy down here! Woo!