Don't know how all of you are doing in preparation for this, but training is spotty for sure on my end right now. I'm trying desperately to get psyched up to go get my miles in but life and other things are slightly conspiring against that right now.
My work schedule changed without notice this school year. I now teach my first class an hour later in the day and get off an hour later as well. Yet due to traffic and commuting issues, I still have to leave very early in order to not sit in the car for an hour and a half...
Work is a few miles from the beach. To make the best of the scenario, I've started surfing again, getting out nearly every day now. In the water before sunrise, cold outdoor shower, still getting to work with time to spare.
If the waves are small, I swim and dive instead. A buddy of mine is a serious ocean man; he's showing me the ropes freediving and spearfishing. I'm now running around obsessively holding my breath and looking at a stopwatch. My wife thinks I've lost it...
I'm absolutely loving it. I'm already thinking about places to backpack where I can pack in a wetsuit, simple freedive kit (my weight belt is going to screw up my baseweight pretty good!), and a spear.
I'm pretty blown away by this whole other dark and silent world out there.
But after a morning session, full day's teaching with 175 teenagers, and commute home, running is the last thing on my mind. I'm still squeezing out around 30 miles per week, but I'm having trouble getting the long runs. All my miles are 5s to 10s spread throughout the week. Not very confidence inspiring "ultra" training....
I'm not wanting to call it on Zion, but my strategy going into this is certainly changing. I'm leaning more towards ditching the running expectations and focusing on getting in one solid 20-40 mile hike/run with tons of gain every weekend until then.
Confident that I'll then be comfortable enough to just go out and hike the 50 miles and take whatever time I can get.
How's everyone else feeling about this thing?