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Grading Hallucination

Posted by on Oct 3, 2009 | 2 Comments

It has been one week since Hallucination. To help me with training for future races, I’ll grade my training/performance on various race details.

  • Training base (mileage): B I could have used more mileage. Specifically, I could have built my base over a longer time. In my next 100, I will be shooting for a faster time. A solid year-round endurance base should help with this.
  • Crosstraining: B+ The program I used was very successful, but I probably stopped too soon. I stopped crosstraining about four weeks before the race. Next time, I will only taper for two or three weeks.
  • Hydration: A Gatorade/water for first third of race; HEED/water for last two thirds of race.
  • Electrolytes: A S-caps every hour.
  • Heat acclimation: Didn’t do… and didn’t have problems. The race conditions were cool.
  • Chafing prevention: A- Tried SportSlick… reapplied every four-eight miles. It worked like a charm!
  • Foot care: B+ Feet were in good shape for the entire race except for some maceration around mid-race. Frequent sock changes, powder, and Sportslick was a winning combination.
  • Caloric intake: A- I consumed about 500-550 calories per hour, a little more than planned. I only had one crash for the last two miles. I used a lot of chia with good success.
  • Clothing: B+
  • Gear: A- I could have used some better organization, but I had everything I needed.
  • Lighting: A
  • Pacing/ race strategy: A I had four excellent pacers, and my crew did an exceptional job of keeping on my desired pace.
  • Drop bags: Did not use
  • Mental toughness: B I could have pushed harder over the last two laps, but still did MUCH better than Burning River.
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  1. clynton
    October 13, 2009

    Great job! Glad to hear the chia worked out well for you, too.

  2. shel
    October 3, 2009

    hard work = good grades… great job out there jason. you're next 100, huh? bet you started thinking about that 20 minutes after this one was over.
    i'm going for a 12 hour on a whim in 2 weeks. hopefully poor preparation will still equal good grades for me!