Friday, May 27, 2016

2016 Kettle Moraine 100 preview

I had a "Holy Shit!" moment this morning, when I realized Kettle was just over a week away.  Normally, I daydream about my races for weeks before the actual event.  This time around, it snuck up on me.  I think that might be because I've already participated in three races so far this year (raced two, and paced one) and have mental race fatigue.

Physically, I feel great.  Except for a lower back problem that goes away when I run, everything is working smoothly.  My coach even snuck a taper in without me noticing.  Today is my last "long" run of only 10 miles.

The weather forecast a week out is always a crapshoot, but it's looking pretty good for running.  High in the low 20s, and lows in the 12-13 range.  Small chance of rain.  Basically, very similar conditions to Kettle Moraine 100 last year.  The only thing that has me concerned is the massive amount of rain in the days leading up to the race might make parts of the trail excessively soft, or possibly even under water.

My goal for this race is to run smarter than last year, and finish in around the same time.  This means slowing down more at the start, and running more overnight.  It also means no grease-loading at Famous Dave's the night before and experiencing GI distress.  There's an Olive Garden half a mile away from my hotel, so that's my obvious choice.

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