|Hanging with the crew at POT100 post-DNF|
|Photo by Scott Laduick|
Going into Ice Age I wasn't totally healed (only 11 days post Indiana 100) and my feet, knees and back were a little sore. Nonetheless, I had a great day (for me) and finished 11:15, more than 30 minutes faster than last time. I was really happy with how strong I pushed and how good I felt all day.
Next up I have a large block of training which will end with Cry Me A Rive 50 Mile and then a short rest before Angeles Crest 100. AC100 is the main race of my year and I've been waiting a long time to get to that start line (I was DNS due to injury last year). This is a really important race to me. It'll be the hardest race I have attempted. Graduate level. Mountains, Altitude, Extreme Heat. But breathtaking views and many great runner friends.
To get ready, I am going to have to train pretty hard. I expect to really make it hurt on the trails and stairs...especially in the heat. I am also going to have to work on losing about 30 more pounds by following the NSNG program I have been on. So far I've lost ten pounds on it. You can learn more about it here: http://vinnietortorich.com/
At Ice Age I tried two brand new products for the first time. (I know....bad idea). 2Toms sport stick:
And Saxx underwear:
There's no delicate way to say this. I'm a big guy. Big guys chaffe. In many, many places. I also have a track record of blisters on my gnarly feet. I am happy to report that, in spite of the really humid temps, I didn't chaffe AT ALL at Ice Age and both of these products are AMAZING. No blisters, no chaffing. I didn't change clothes once. I wore a polyester tshirt. (Imaginary Foundation). And my mind was blown by these products. I can't say enough good things.
Finally, things have really been taking off for Ten Junk Miles. http://www.tenjunkmiles.com/
We've had about ten times as many listeners as I thought and it gets bigger every day. If you get time give us a listen and rate and review us on itunes. We don't make any money off of it, but your reviews move it up in the ratings so more people can find it.
Have a great Summer!!!!