4-0-300 Blog 079
This race preview has a little bit of a different tone than usual as you’ll read further down.
I’ll start off saying I was really happy with my work and progress after X Warrior Challenge building into the Red Deer Sprint. I wasn’t running probably as much as I should have been but when I was getting out I felt really loose and fast, so I felt ok taking my foot off the gas a little and not overdoing my cardio. Other than a wicked flu that curtailed my training for a few days, for the most part I was right on plan for Red Deer with my training being at the level and intensity I want, as many sessions as I aspired for and still feeling like I was getting enough rest.
Taper week felt good, I copied what had worked so well leading into my best race yet at X Warrior Challenge. A couple of really hard days to start the week then progressively easing as the week went on. Got to Friday morning getting ready for my big yoga, foam rolling, and stretching session when everything got thrown for loop.
I got the unfortunate news that one of my junior high best friends had passed away suddenly. He was very similar to me so this news has hit me hard and has my head spinning. We both work essentially the same job with a similar schedule, love excessive amounts of sports, workout consistently, and are pretty much the same age so to see that happen to someone so alike and who was such a good friend is really tough. I decided to bury my mind into the yoga session as I couldn’t get any details at the time or really find myself truly believing what had happened. I figured it would be best to mentally refocus so I could both deal with the race the next day plus all the emotion and news I knew would be coming.
I didn’t sleep well which usually is the case the night before a race as I worry about forgetting something despite triple checking my already packed bag or sleeping through my alarm. Then you add-on the emotions and the finally having come to terms with what had happened made for a lousy night. I had a noon start time plus a solo drive to get to the race which actually helped as I had my iPod playing songs from my junior high/high school days and it made me reset to the positive memories instead of dwelling on the negative, amazing how much of a difference reliving upbeat moments makes. I decided the best thing I could do is run happy thinking of all the good times and all that I have to be cheerful about.
That was my journey for Red Deer. I’ll write up my race review later this week, hopefully it will more upbeat but I do feel it’s important to feel your emotions then to just push them under rug. Also thank you to everyone who takes the time to read these posts, writing these for people to take in is one of my favorite positives in life so I’m grateful that you give up our most precious commodity (your time) to read my thoughts.