I can’t believe how quickly it’s arrived, but there is now only 1 week – that’s 7 days, or 168 hours, or 10,080 minutes – until we start. It’s been an exciting journey so far, and despite me not being the best writer, I’ve enjoyed blogging about it. All the hard training is done; Time now to chill, and prepare mentally for the challenge……
164 miles…. it sounds such a ridiculous figure when you say it out loud! The reality is, I’m going to give it my best shot…. as long as I do that, even if for some reason I don’t make it to the end, I will have nothing to complain about. I don’t think I’d have been able to fit in much more training than I have, especially over the past 2 months where I feel I’ve really ‘upped my game’ (I even managed a PB at a trail 10k last night!) and at least 50% of the work I do in any Ultramarathon comes down to my mental attitude. I’m as determined as I can be that we’ll tame the Jurassic Coast, and can’t wait to be ‘standing’ (hopefully still standing that is!!) in Stonebarrow NT Car park feeling elated at our achievement.
We have one tracker we’re all sharing during the event, and if you wish you’ll be able to follow our progress here: http://live.opentracking.co.uk/twoer17/ We’ll try to update various social media along the way too, when signal and battery-life allows!
One piece of bad news is that our Super Six runners have unfortunately now become the Fearless Five…… Martyn has had to pull-out for personal reasons – It’s never an easy call, but in this instance is definitely the correct one for him.
So, that leaves the aforementioned Fearless Five….
Jim: A crazy man, who has lots of crazy ideas, that he then turns into crazy reality. This is all his fault, and I blame him entirely!
Mark: A strong runner. Previous double-brutal Ironman winner, and fourth at the Triple Brutal too. His training ground is in and around Snowdonia, which I’m very jealous about.
Jon: UTMB finisher, which in itself is an amazing life-achievement . Awesome distance runner and purveyor of fine home-made beer, which he’d better bring for us to enjoy at the finish 😉
Pete: Me…. I like to run…..I’m just going to wing-it!
And not forgetting, our various crew that will be there over the weekend – Dave, Phil, Karl, Dean, Justin, Phil, Mark and Rab. (and anyone else that I’ve forgotten) – you guys are the difference between us finishing or not finishing, and we couldn’t do it without you.
I’m ready…..We’re ready….. Let’s do this. #Twor