Big Blue Adventure's Burton Creek Trail Running Races
Big Blue offered distances to suit the entire family or carload of friends from 5k to marathon. The courses,reconnoitered due to massive, skiable snow-fields, provided non-stop action. The course, which followed forever, undulating single track, sprinkled with huge mud puddles (lesson learned hit them head on, tip-toeing thru sage not advised) and trenched out snow patches - provided plenty of post-race racer banter.
From a coaches standpoint - the race reemphasized the importance of entering into an event with clear intention and strategy - and the more challenging part - staying honest with yourself and sticking to it during the event. There really is nothing like racing to fine tune fitness and achieve race fitness.
A few take aways...
Be honest post-race with your pre-race goals
For example - if you enter in to race using it as training, and having trained up to and through the event - be fair to yourself when your legs do not feel entirely cooperative.
As mentioned there is nothing like racing to reach racing fitness - so if you have been training a foundational fitness and jump in to your first race - have persepctive to understand the first race might be humbling - but it will kick-start your intensity training phase, mentally and physically.
Reality checks and motivators
Events and competitions are fantastic opportunties to gauge our strengths and weaknesses - and post-race reflection of our performance will help us fine tune our next phase of training. There is a big difference between training and racing - in training we can lull ourselves unknowingly in to a mental and physical comfort zone - racing pushes those zones.
Raise the bar
Fellow participants and competitors help us raise our bar of what is possible. Rather than viewing those around us as competitors, fellow participants inspire me to aspire higher and raise my game.