After running the Bishop High Sierra 100k two weeks ago I was feeling pretty good about my conditioning, as well as my preparation for the San Diego 100 miler this weekend. But after catching a stubborn cold a week ago my confidence has been facing a stiff headwind. A cold in June? Yes. I hate colds. What I hate more catching three colds in the last six months. I don't remember the last time I had more than one cold in a year. Then again I don't remember ever training for and racing 6 ultras totaling 412 miles in six months. Did I mention I also have a job and a family? Yes, my candle is burning at both ends.
What I’m realizing is that I can’t take my health for granted, particularly now when I'm pounding my body like I am. I’ve also learned that the little things—like good nutrition, adequate recovery and lots of sleep—are irreplaceable. I’ve overlooked some of these and my immune system has paid price. Knowing this I'm going to do a few things differently now. Like not waiting until I'm sick to take vitamins and drink lots of water. Or trying to get my miles back up the week after finishing a 50 miler or 100k. Or not slowing down the social calendar when I really need the sleep. All common sense stuff, but stuff that leads to common mistakes.
I'm looking forward to my next two races. Both 100 milers, and both within my grasp. As long as the candle doesn't burn me!