How was your taper – did you do anything different from other races?
It was quite a short taper as my other goal for the season is the Euro 24hr in October and I didn’t want to miss too much training for the race.
It was toasty hot as well and I made the error of spending too much time out in the sun beforehand, which gave me some issues the day before the race. Otherwise it was all gravy.
Did your nutrition go as planned? Did you find the heat difficult and change anything because of it?
Nutrition and hydration was something I was very happy with, I think I drunk from every possible water source on the way and dunked my head in most too.
I met with Precision Hydration beforehand and they tested the sodium levels in my sweat. As a result I took on three times as many electrolytes as I would usually and this worked out just right.
You moved your way up the field – was that always the intention and did you get nervous at all that it wasn’t working out?
The idea was to run my own race and count on people ahead going too fast, something that works very well for me in the 24hr format, but a little more nerve wracking in the shorter races.
To be honest it wasn’t happening as much as I’d like over the last couple of hills and I was hoping more people would have cooked themselves en-route!
I had some issues with blister on my heels, that hadn’t happened before, so my descending was really hampered and this is where I usually pick up places. I’ve already been chatting with Rich at the Profeet Run Lab about getting this sorted for next time as the shoes were spot on otherwise.