My adult life seems to mirror that time. I imagine that I can get by without training for marathons. Steve Way is probably the only person I've heard of who can run a marathon in an exceptional time without any training! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/get-inspired/27994073). I am a mediocre, average athlete, and I do have to train. The last long run I did was at the end of November.....yes that was the December Double. After that I threw myself back into 2 months of work/sorting out my tax, pretending a 5K run every Saturday morning was training. I have given myself the excuse that it is difficult balancing work and training.....and then there is Marathon Man, who eats a marathon for breakfast before going to work.
Soooo I am to participate in a 150km event in snow and ice starting from the 21st Feb. Have managed to increase my running/tyre dragging to about 10-15 miles a week in Feb.....once getting up to 40 miles. My training profile sucks however I have a special talent shared amongst other ultra marathoners. I have stubborn determination to complete once I have started.
My first attempt at Arrowhead, I was pulled off as I limped over part of the course with an Achilles injury. The second time I quit because of frost bitten fingers. My fingers are my livelihood and somehow my brain thought about the event rationally.
My chances of completion in Rovaniemi 150 will rely on experience and depend on how much my body can ignore my brain and still be rational when it matters. Rovaniemi's temperatures have been varying from week to week, from -4 to -18 Celsius this week and to -1 to -7 Celsius next week. So I might struggle, however I will be happy with the time out of life, to slow it down temporarily. I will embrace the time out, to feel and appreciate the natural world, belt out the odd song to scare the wolves and play with my hallucinations as the body repeatedly requests to shut down. It's my time out! Right I've got to purchase a pair of super gloves to be prepared for the weather.
I leave you with a video to watch on James Cracknell's challenge to be the highest placed Brit in the Marathon De Sables event.