A few days ago I contacted Guy to see how he had been after his first super successful multi-day ultra marathon, the Trans Gaspesia. Knowing myself how uplifting a race finish can be creating serious flow and often overlooking symptoms of tiredness I somewhat guessed that he wouldn´t sit still for long. And this is what he wrote back:
The feedback after the race was insane, I was in the newspaper (full page) before and after the race, and my company, which is Canada wide, wants to put me in their national newsletter for this fall.
I did not stop since Trans Gaspesia – didn´t I say 😉. Two weeks after I did a 50k ultra for Ray Zahab’s I2P foundation here in Ottawa and finished 4th, today I did a 18K trail race and also finished 4th overall. This is my third 4th place finish in a row, one day I’ll get on the podium – oh yes, you certainly will!
I have a lot more planned until the new year. In two weeks it’s the Spartan Race World Championship Beast in Vermont (25K of ski hills and obstacles), then on October 12th I have my first ever 50mile ultra in Bromont Quebec. A week after I have a 50K trail here in Ottawa. To finish the year off I have the Reggae Marathon in Negril Jamaica on December 6th. Just trying to fit my on-call schedule into that.
After my feet problems at Trans Gaspesia I tried several kinds of trail shoes and finally found the perfect pair. It’s exactly the same fit as my Inov-8 Trailrocs but way more cushioned and support in the midfoot.
Luckily I do not have any more blister problems since running in the Nike Zoom Terra Kigers. I did my last 2 races in them.
Thinking back to my training for the multi stage race I think it was perfect, no complaints at all. The only problem is that I should have done a bit more homework before the race. What I mean by that is mostly the preparation (backpack, gear, weight etc….) and how to manage my feet since I got all those blister problems and couldn’t run even close to my capacity.
This is Guy´s amazing story.
Part of why he´s able to race so shortly after Trans Gaspesia is that he´s strong-willed by nature and knows how to use his mental strategies to his advantage.
He was already pretty fit starting the specific training for Trans Gaspesia. He didn´t start from scratch as a runner but found a much greater benefit in using a training plan tailored to his daily schedule and fine-tuning his training. This also gave him a lot of confidence and reassured him of his natural talents and abilities.
How enthusiastic are you about racing a few ultras in a row and using your fitness from a previous race for the next one? What is your ultimate tip for recovering fast?
Share your thoughts and ideas and write a comment right below. I look forward to hear from you.