I meticulously planned my nutrition, my clothes, my strategy and pace, detailed timeline for the day of the race, etc but never made a plan for how to meet up if I did not finish the race.
Not finishing wasn’t a consideration. Realizing this months before actually took a lot of stress away and made priorities clear. You can work now or you can have a tougher time during the race – easy choice. Deciding you are doing the race no matter what is an important strategy. When I left GE and was totally stressed about starting a business (which ultimately didn’t work) and paying for my condo I loved, the night I decided losing the condo wasn’t an option and I worked around that plan, everything was easier. Related to this record, a guy posted in StrongerU about inspirational quotes and someone put this:
“Anytime my brain says “I don’t really want to…..” I immediately shut it down and say “fuck you, you’re doing it just for thinking that.” Move forward with no fear!
As I wrote up my lessons learned in the former Ultra AAR, I am torn to say if you should have a plan for not finishing or not.
I was pretty lucky that somehow Kenny figured out where the timeout point was and that I hadn’t passed it yet else I would have been wandering around trying to find him after the Killington ultra. I also then forgot to stay and root the others on because it never occured to me I would be done before them 🙂