So we are 9 days events from my biggest race of the year.
The Spartan Ultra Beast is a full marathon distance obstacle course. We are doing two laps of the half-marathon distance course. There is one water station half way through the loop, and we are allowed to access a drop bag between loops.
And to be honest, I’m starting to freak out. I don’t know what it is that I am worried about… Most of the pressure and expectations are very much self-generated.
I’m worried I won’t finish. I’m worried I won’t finish well.
Reading the elaborate Facebook posts and blog posts from the fellow Ultra Beasters, most of whom seem to be already packed (!), only adds to the anxiety. I do not even know where I’m sleeping the night before yet!
Physically, I am ready. I am strong. I have been training. I can do this. Now I just need to get my head into the same ready space.
My plan for the next few days is to start packing my drop bag. The most immediate shopping list: – 20 gallon plastic bin with a lid – 2 head lamps (and batteries) – 2 glowsticks – face paint And… breathe.