Life Adventure #2 is from the 2008 Canadian Death Race Year #2 which makes it fitting for Adventure #2!
Once I finished the first foray into the Canadian Death Race I decided to give my knees and body a break. It isn't the running it was the lack of training, form, technique and newbie running in the mountains that made them not feel so great. As well I was sick with a sinus infection for the race in 2007 and was very nauseous on the top of Mt. Hamel. But we finished as a team and I survived. Now in recovery mode I planned to not train as much (mistake) thinking I would save my knee. I was diligent with physiotherapy and chiropractic but I just could not resolve it.
Looking back if I would have taken the time to re-train my form and run more efficiently I would have fixed it sooner but live and learn!
I was running still for training and participating in the 5 Peaks Race Series around Edmonton feeling pretty good but I didn't take the distance seriously enough thinking 22km wasn't too far or take into account how hard Leg 5 really is since we only had one person before myself on the team run it.
Our teams objective was simple, run each leg of the race in sequential order until we were done all of them. No whining, complaining or coping out of the hard ones. Just run each year and you could plan each year for five years what and when you would be running.
If you have ran the Death Race before you understand what it is like; a 24 hour 125km extreme mountain trail run up three mountains with 16,000 ft of elevation change. It is hard, not impossible but difficult. Many soloists run the whole race by themselves under the 24 hour time limit and far faster than our team of five, they are machines!