Nova Scotia (Part 2) + VT50
So Nova Scotia was supposed to be my taper but turned out to wear me down and get me sick. Don't get me wrong, it was a great trip and I'd drop everything to do it again; however, driving loops around the province eating my weight in expensable food wasn't exactly a productive 'taper'. And I put taper in quotes because if you look at my training log I spent a week recovering from UTMB, came down with shingles, crammed in 70 miles in five runs, got sick and thought I was good to go! That said, heading into the VT50 I felt fine. In an alternate universe perhaps I laid down a 7:15 but not this one. I had expectations this year after having great success last year in my first ultra (I had trained pretty well too). The weather was ideal, I had no injuries, just a minor cold, and it wasn't like I was coming off the couch. Anyway, I won't dwell on the result but it will change the way I approach future races. I'm competitive and really don't want to race if I haven't done the work to perform to my ability.
Monday: 5mi hike / 3.2mi run. Hiked the popular Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Then we drove several hours to an oyster farm. I didn't have the gear to go out on the barge so I opted to go for a run instead. The mosquitoes were something else.
Tuesday: 2 mile walk / 4 mile run. Driving around PEI waiting for our scenic flight. The weather never cleared up so we headed up to Cavendish Beach then back to Summerside for a run on their bike trail.
Wednesday: A lot of driving and chip reviews.
Thursday: 6.2 run. In the surf town of Lawrencetown just outside of Halifax. We checked out some points to the north along the rec path and some offshoot trails. Had a midday flight back to Boston.
Sunday: VT50. Already summed this up in the race report. Time to recovery and refocus my training.