Well, after some delay with entries being available for the race I am finally in a position where I think I am actually going to do this race. I have paid the money (that I don't currently have) and got a confirmation email that it's all going to happen. There is still quite a lot to get my head around. This is so big I can't even begin to imagine how hard it's going to be.
Around 4 years ago, well 4 years ago exactly I was preparing my body and mind for a 45 mile ultra along a canal in England. 45 miles in one go? Sounds ridiculous. I thought that humans were designed to explode soon after breaking through the 26.2 mile mark but apparently not. I remember being quite anal about it at the time. I was looking at the wind speed before the race to see whether it was favourable or not, wondering what shoes to wear, the terrain, the food, the daylight. After all, 45 miles is a long way. There is a lot to panic about.
And so logically speaking running 45 miles a day for 70 days consecutively without a rest day should involve a whole lot more to worry about. I can't quite multiply all those things by 70 and give a definitive panic level. In fact I feel pretty relaxed about it right now. Which probably means I still don't think it's going to happen.
So in a nutshell in case you have not heard I am going to attempt the Los Angeles to New York race next year. Starts in LA on the 19th June, ends in New York 23rd August. 3220 miles in 70 days which is an average of 45 a day. The shortest stage will be around 30 miles, there are a few stages over 55. Actually writing that raised the panic levels a bit.
I've been thinking about this for some time now. Since before Badwater but I didn't want to say too much about it. Now circumstances might arise that would make it a crime for me not to do this. Something like this only comes along once in a decade, I feel like if I don't do it now I may never get the chance.
Plus I bought a fucking HUGE map for nearly £50. If I don't do it now that will be a complete waste.