You would think I would be used to the madness by now, but new challenges mean new things to obsess over during a taper.
The Georgia Jewel is a familiar distance for me but I will be facing my first race with any kind of elevation gain. So, guess what is occupying my mind.
Take a look.
It’s not much compared to the crown jewels of ultra running, but for this beach runner it is a significant step up in difficulty. I’m estimating that I will climb a cumulative 9000 feet. By comparison the most I ever climbed during a single run in training, running back and forth over the tallest bridge I could find, was just over 1000 feet over a distance of about 10 miles.
At least the weather looks like it is cooperating. The extended forecast shows partly cloudy skies with a high of 78 and a low of 54. That's more than 10 degrees cooler than my training conditions.
Just take it one step at a time and when all else fails - Suck it up Buttercup!
This is going to be interesting.