18, 2008 - Time to go
it's been a great two and half weeks here in Ethiopia. I've
gained a lot of experience both athletically and culturally.
I would have liked to stay about one more week more because
I'm just started to feel comfortable at this altitude and
it would have been nice to get a few more sessions in here.
In 19 days, I had seven hard days (up to 35 min tempos or
25 mins worth of shorter fartleks such as 1-2min. repeats))
and ran 70 miles the first week and 76 the second week (so
about 120km average a week). My long runs were 90 mins,
but felt similar to if I ran 1hr45 at home.
wanting more time here, I am excited to compete at the Chiba
Ekiden in Japan in a few days (Nov. 24). I guess I'll see
how fast I adapt back to sealevel for a competition; it
will be a good test for future reference. Some people think
they compete best just two days after coming down from altitude,
while others swear by between 6-10 days. A lot of people
say they feel the worst about 4 days after returning to
sealevel. I will be competing 6 days later.
and I after a fartlek.
will be some things I'll miss here, such as the great training
group we've had, the wonderful people who have taken care
of everything from our meals to cleaning our shoes, the
simplicity of life and the challenging training. But, the
things I won't miss are cold showers, near-death driving
experiences, altitude headaches and the fear of what will
come the next day after eating or drinking anything outside
the Guest House.