“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.”
– John Muir, The Mountains of California.
Today’s training was a quick fast session in the gym. I am finding that devoting sometime on the treadmill and the stepper, is paying dividedends when I go back to the trails that I am training on.
The treadmill is giving me a much needed distance boost. I haven’t ran properly in such a long time, and even then it wasn’t really running. The complete lack of and arrogance towards actually putting in the hours of training before I did the London Marathon, really put me off running. For the upcoming autumn of races in Hong Kong, I want to do well. I actually want to be competitive which for me, within sports, is something that never really has been important. When I say competitive, the only person I want to compete against is me. I want to beat my own expectations. I want to do better than I think I can.
The first race is the Lantau Vertical which I am super excited about. Not only is it my first race, but it will also be the first Lantau Vertical race. This is a short, 7km, race but with 900m elevation. The stepper in the gym and good old Needle Hill will be my friends for the next few weeks.
Needle Hill is 532m elevation and Hong Kong’s 40th highest peak. There is actually a race over Needle Hill. It is quite simple. Ten times over the hill. The race details are here:
I have not entered this one…. yet…. I think, and hope, I have another race that very weekend. If not, I will be there.
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