Sunday, March 15, 2015

Halfway Through...

By Frank

The blog title is indeed misleading. No, we are not halfway into 2015. In fact, I am referring to my Comrades Marathon training for this year. In a blink of an eye, on 15 March 2015, 74 days has passed by since official training started on the first day of the year. With 795KM in the bag as of this morning having run back to back weekend long runs with one fellow Comrades novice runner, running across approximately 80 hours or so in training (varieties of recovery, tempo, long and time trials), the attempt to try to run the sweet distance of 1,500KM for the training is going smoothly as planned.

With 2 events done being the Hong Kong 100 and also The Gunung Nuang Ultra, everything seems to be falling into place. I've not fallen sick nor getting injured from training too and I hope to remain that way, though some have said that I've lost my soul in training. With the entire team qualified now, I can rest my mind for most of the logistics too are starting to fall into place now. Flight has been booked and hotels secured. What is left now is our transportation which should not be a problem.

My gears has been holding up well too with the Saucony Ride 7 and Zealot ISO being the workhorse this time with the Kinvara 5 occasionally seeing some action in between.  And I can't wait for my race shoe to be delivered soon too. The next generation of "Fast" will be continuing the tradition of my Comrades race shoe since year 2013 for it has proven through the last 2 editions that this is indeed the shoe for me. I will also need to sort my race apparels out. Not sure what to wear this time round but for sure it will be tights again, a style I trust for its functionality.

As for the team, I foresee some exceptionally AWESOME result (you know it yourself) on race day for some of them. A few has been training pretty hard while I do see some slacking away. Nevertheless, there is still some time to turn it around so hopefully those slacking will be able to pick themselves back up again.

With 78 days to go till race day, I hope everything will turn out smoothly for not only myself but for everyone else. It ain't going to get easier from here for the anxiety builds up, but I am certainly looking forward to it. A journey of self discovery for this route to Comrades will certainly define all of us.


Zijill said...

Gotta redeem that Gong Cha Earl Grey Milk tea soon! :)

Elvin Tan said...