Canyon Endurance 100k


This is not a race report. Instead I am going to explain my learnings from this race. Every race, however well you perform, provide great learning opportunities.

Canyon Endurance 100k, Foresthill, CA

1. Lead up to the race was great.

My lead up to the race was good. I ran a tempo the Saturday before and I felt great. I had booked a massage and physio treatment in two weeks before the race. I slept and ate well the week before. I also didn't overly carb load this time but I constantly snacked, drank and made sure food that I was eating was good.

LEARNING: SELF CARE BEFORE THE RACE IS VITAL.

2. Wore too many clothes at the start.

I am known for the number of clothes I wear running. In fact I think there is only one other person that I know of who always wears more than me! (You know who you are!) Within 10 minutes I had removed a long sleeved top and Katherine P nearly yelled out to me "Knew you would be too hot!" So I need to trust that I am ok to be cold, just for a bit because I will warm up!

LEARNING: DON"T WEAR TOO MANY LAYERS...

3. Went out faster than I normal do.

I started out at a faster pace than I normal do and I felt fine throughout the race. I even managed to run in the last 2 km. It felt good running slightly harder first of all, particularly as it meant I got ahead of the crowds for the single track.

LEARNING: MANAGE YOUR PACE AND EFFORT.

4. Management of fluids and food was awful!