Race Build-Up: X Warrior Challenge Black-Ops Titan

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I intentionally with help posting this post until after the race as I had few issues heading into the event I didn’t want to use as an excuse for not hitting my goal and I felt like if I had posted about them ahead of time I would be doing exactly that.

 

For training for my first ever 12-hour race and what was the longest race I’ve ever done I started off following Tough Mudder’s training plan for World’s Toughest Mudder and that was great and worked well for the first two months of the three. After that though the workouts and runs began to take longer than I had time for in a day with kids and work schedule. I really would’ve liked to finish off the program as written as I felt like it was working well. I ended up modifying as close to the program as I could within the time limitations I had. Going into the race I feel like my strength and running are where I want those skills to be, as I feel like I haven’t lost any power while my endurance is definitely increased. Now I’m not any faster but I feel like that is a whole separate training block I would need to commit to while not lifting heavy and I’m not ready for that type of commitment. This race is also coming 2 weeks after running the X Warrior Sprint so I didn’t want to derail my training completely with that event being my “B Race” for the year.

The other big factor in prepping for a race this long is figuring out fueling, which has led me to finding every article I can on WTM so I have some idea of what to expect. As of now my plan is to bring up more then I think I need and I can always bring home what’s left.

In my food box right now is:

  • Endurance Tap Energy Gels – the only energy goo that doesn’t wreak havoc on stomach which is the last thing I would need during this race.
  • Biosteel Sports Hydration Mix – A no sugar alternative to other sports drinks, that’s flat out delicious especially the blue raspberry flavor. A great mid lap pick me up when I’m not close to a water station.
  • Pinty’s precooked chicken breast – a Costco find. With limited cooking options in camp to be able to stick these in the microwave for 2 minutes and get some substance into me I think these will be clutch
  • Ichiban – again not having a lot of cooking options but having access to boiling water led me to this. If it stays cool and rainy like in the forecast this may be more of a morale boost than anything else.
  • M&M Peanuts – A great grab and go snack if I’m feeling good between laps but need a little something
  • Granola Bars – Not planning on using these but feel like it’s better to have the option than not
  • Mustard – Carrying this with me to help cut down on cramps

 

That’s it for race fuel I’ll bring up some other food for pre-race and post-race as well, as I know calories will be important and in short supply if I don’t bring up food.

 

I also have my tent all packed up. Bringing a pillow and a sleeping bag, while I do want to run as much as possible I also know I’ll probably need a short break or warm up with it’s cold. Plus, will probably need a rest post-race.

 

The only other items I’m bringing up to the race is the mandatory list of headlamp, flashing beacon as well as backup of clothing and shoes as I’m ok failing on my goals if I just can’t handle it (although it will probably eat away at me for a while) but I’m not ok with failing due to a shoe or clothing failure.

 

As for how I’m feeling heading into the race I think I’m ready as possible right now. I did have a bout of food poisoning on Wednesday, just 4 days out from the race which isn’t ideal but feeling better now. I also have a plan for lap times, fueling, rest and achieving secondary goals but I’m being fluid with those ideas as the Mike Tyson saying goes: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” which is a good comparison going to a pretty secretive race of this length.

 

Right now, the plan is to run as hard as I can to take advantage of the 45-minute obstacle free start and hopefully get 2 laps on the 5k loop. After that go straight into the first obstacle loop before breaking for food. After eating head out on a heavy lap to achieve that goal, followed by another normal loop before the next fuel break. Then after that break get as many laps in until my 30k goal is hit and then just make sure to time out my last lap to make sure I finish a lap in the last hour so that I’m an official finisher.

My goals for this race are in increasing order:

  • Finish the 12 hours
  • Run a “Strong Lap” carrying a sandbag for a lap
  • Complete 25 Kilometers
  • Complete 30 Kilometers

So there it is, nothing left now but to go run the race as see what I can do.

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Scotty Voodoo
I am a proud father & husband. A former semi-pro skier, turned rugby 7’s player, I’ve now worked to become a OCR racer. I’m also wondering if I’m crazy for even attempting this race
A level 2 NCCP certified coach, I also hold coaching certifications in 3 sports.

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