Just a real quick post tonight. Tomorrow I have the first of my officially "scheduled" 2012 races: The Hyner View Challenge 50k. I have been debating on just how I want to approach this race post Barkley. My recovery has been much slower than I would have liked. I just recently found out that I have the option to drop down to the 25k race as late as check-in tomorrow, so will definitely be heading up there regardless. My feet have been feeling infinitely better every day...but overall I still feel a bit lethargic. Running the Barkley Marathons truly is a lot to ask of the human body. I don't care WHO you are. With the exception of maybe my first VT100 when I sustained some tendonitis in my foot, this is the longest post-race recovery I've experienced.
So...the short story is that I will head the 45 minutes up to the race tomorrow with my gear and be ready to run something. Depending on how I feel and the weather (which is supposed to be crappy), I will either go ahead with the 50k or drop down to the 25k. In all likelihood, I will not be racing very hard. The course is surprisingly hilly, and has many 1200+ ft climbs over short distances. I had actually considered doing some hill training on the course for Barkley a few months back, but opted to run the Black Forest Trail instead. At any rate, wish me luck and I'll post a brief race report assuming I survive.
A map of the course
On a side note, I've had couple people who I hung around with at the Barkley, ask me about the breakfast I was eating every morning. Ever since I hiked the PCT, I've had my "go-to" homemade muesli mix that I rely on to give me super energy before and during races. I'm not sure the science behind it, but I know that whenever I eat this, I get a super boost throughout the day. At Barkley, I ate this every morning for the week leading up to the race, and then several times during the race in between loops. For milk, I used powdered whole milk that you can buy at Walmart (in the Hispanic food section) called "Nido". It's great stuff. Here's the quick and dirty:
Rolled Oats - and lots of 'em
Some shredded coconut
Some sliced almonds
Some milled flax seeds
Some sunflower seeds (I didn't put them in this mix)
Some chia seeds
Some cinnamon and a packet of sweetener
some fresh fruit if I have any
I'm telling you. Super FUEL! Try it.
Anyhoo...wish me luck tomorrow.