Weather the storm

Despite my best intentions, once again it’s nearly a month since my last post.

So many things have happened in a relatively short space of time, trying to convey it all with justice sometimes leave me not saying very much at all. It’s 14 weeks to TDG, and so much still to get done!

Waiting for the Lantau Ferry ..

It’s been two weeks since TNF100 in the Blue Mountains, and that didn’t quite go as planned. I’ll post a race report soon (I hope) but for now know that I did my best, had an awesome time but had to DNF (again!) at 84km this time. There was a fear that I’d fractured my foot from an early fall, but got the all-clear from the doc when I got back and had to keep off running for the better part of that week.

The hills are aliiiiiiiive …

Last weekend I was in HK with the Trail Beast again for another go at the hills, trying to get used to running with tired legs. A very gorgeous day on Lantau had me grinning like a fool all day and bouncing off the walls delighted with weather, terrain and the company. The next day we had the opportunity to run with Ultra-man Andre Blumberg again, who’s in training for his epic Ultra Grand Slam attempt. Torrential rain in the morning didn’t put us off although we were delayed for a bit .. then it was off out to get wet and explore more HK some trails. Two decent days of trail running a week after TNF and I’m glad to say my legs felt tired but happy. 🙂

Towards the end of a lovely wet run

This week’s been more of a train wreck though. Things seem to have gone off the rails a little with work, and even with a lighter training schedule, I really feel like I’ve lost my mojo. I’ve just worked all week, but it feels like I’ve very little to show for it, and training’s had to go out the window a little as well. It happens to the best of us so I know I should be looking to get back on track next week, but I’m so tired and starting to lose track of all the balls I have in the air. I wake up each morning feeling like a train wreck and that’s not the way I’d like to start my day.

On the way to Sunset Peak 🙂

I will deal with this somehow. TDG is still on the cards and training will go on regardless. Rest and recovery, not just for the body but for the mind as well, are often given far less attention than they warrant, and perhaps this is where I’m not ‘training’ properly. Matt’s worked in some more recovery strategies for the weeks to come, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to shake this seemingly endless fatigue. Life has a great many parallels with an ultramarathon, and for now I’ll just keep putting one foot in front of the other, relentless forward progress indeed.

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