With ultras, there's never a dull moment, right?
After experiencing hip, hip flexor, and knee issues during my 100-mile race three weeks ago, I dedicated myself to addressing those specific concerns. I incorporated extra stretching, strength exercises, and mindful attention to the affected areas. And guess what? It paid off! During the Brisbane Trail Ultra 60km last Saturday, my hip gave me no trouble. However, I faced challenges on the climbs and downhills due to a lack of overall strength and recovery. My legs felt heavy, lacking energy from the start. I struggled with my running form—short stride, forward lean, and a heavy feel in my feet. It was a tough day at the office, and I wasn't satisfied with my performance.
Now, my race schedule is empty for a while, and I welcome the change. It's time to focus on recovery, refuel my body, and work on strength and flexibility.
It's also time to have some fun and show gratitude to my amazing body, which has carried me so far.