Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Feeding Roses

Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

- Dylan Thomas
This weekend's Cactus Rose 100 will be a solo attempt for me. There's nothing out there for Nancy and the kids to do so I'm going to drive down by myself and sleep in the back of my new Yukon. I don't have any crew or pacers (by choice), so it's doubly important for me to get my drop bags right.

For every other race I've ever run I haven't worried too much about drop bags because I just grab whatever they have at the aid station, but this is not an option at the Rose because the only thing they have is water. So unless I have my race catered by Taybarns (see last post) I need to nail this.

I plan on running with my two handheld bottles (partly because they're faster to refill and partly because there's a hole in my camelbak), and I've tried to gear my drop bag food to ensure I can get in and out of aid stations quickly.

Here's what I have in mind.

2 gallons of homemade Iskiate
4 cans Ensure
1 bottle pedialyte
Pimento cheese sandwiches
4 small cans tomato juice
Salted peanuts

2 cans sliced peaches in heavy syrup
2 16oz servings of Spiz
Turkey sandwiches
1 box Gatorade powder

3 bottles pedialyte
Several portions of my parents pasty pie
6 small cans tomato juice
Peanut butter crackers
ipod (ok, I can't eat this but I may want it at some point)

2 cans sliced pears in heavy syrup
2 16oz servings of Spiz
4 small cans tomato juice
1 box Gatorade powder
Turkey sandwiches
Salted peanuts

2 Headlamps and one handheld torch
Spare batteries
Blister kit
Salt caps

I finished up my training tonight with 20 road hill repeats and worked off all the soreness in my lower legs. I'll do a relaxed 7 miles tomorrow morning and then rest until the weekend.

I feel good and I feel focused, so Cactus Rose this is your fair warning - I'm going to kick your ass. If I get it wrong and you kick mine then fair enough, but you're going to have to fight me tooth and claw for it. Just know I've gone through 10 marathons and 14 ultramarathons without a single DNF and I don't intend to lose that record this weekend.

Happy Halloween.


Derek said...

Good luck in your race, I know you will do well. One question, what is Iskiate?

johnt said...

Don't worry man. If you need anything, i'll be there. Gonna pick up some pizza and leave it at Nachos. Yea, baby.

Ryan V. said...

Kick ass this weekend, amigo.

Mark said...

Thanks John and Ryan.

Derek - iskiate is a blend of water, sugar, lime juice and chia seeds. Very refreshing and apparently a runner's super drink.

brendaontheRun said...

You're going to do great out there! I looked at Cactus Rose last year but decided it was a bit too far from here (cost wise). I love the idea of it though (I like low-key races and I'm not into crews/pacers and all that stuff - just get out there, put my head down and run type of girl!) Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing your race report. Interesting choice of foods - what, no biscuits or crisps?

Mark said...

I know exactly what you mean Brenda - must be a British thing :-)