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Thinking about the Formula
26-May-2014 03:15:27 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

As the Madagascar countdown now hits double figures (97 days to go), I have started to think about all the things that are going to be important to my success. 1) The right gear - My attic is full of gear from the past five ultras. Key for me is the lightest weight stuff possible. That means the lightest sleeping bag, perhaps no sleeping mat (saves a few hundred grams) and not too many clothes. I have raced with some pretty famous and wealthy co-competitors, and I can tell you it’s no fashion catwalk out there, especially day three onwards. I try to take two “costumes” - one to run in, and one to sleep in. I then change them daily and repeat. For the day, it’s important to cover up as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn. 2) My food - It’s all about maximum bang for buck in terms of calories to weight I have to carry. As I’m trying to be frugal on weight, I’ll be hammering my calories to 2,000 per day maximum. For seven days that’s 14,000 calories. I’ll be throwing together a spreadsheet soon on this and will share it. The key thing for me is finding things that I actually like to eat. I’ll be avoiding processed gels and artificial things as much as possible. 3) What sort of miles I’m logging - The key is quality, not quantity. Although given my leisurely approach to training for this event so far (for the last 4 weeks I’ve logged a mere one short run a week), quantity should probably be on the agenda too. It’s important to simulate the possible terrain. I like to find cross-country trails, as opposed to smooth roads. This allows me to test jumping over rocks and tree roots, and forces me to concentrate (which has the added advantage of switching my mind off of other things). 4) Mental strength - I’m not afraid to admit that this year has been a demanding one on all fronts. I am full steam ahead on both work and personal projects, and I am constantly realising that my success is about adopting the right mental strengthening techniques. I’m putting a renewed focus into better mindfulness techniques and daily journaling. I’m trying to read more, and I’m listening to useful podcasts (easy when running). If you haven’t listened to Peter Sage’s Passion and Purpose podcast, I recommend it. I’m also reading Spartan Up! by Joe De Sena, a ‘Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life.’ I also enjoyed Episode 2 on The Tim Ferriss Show when he interviews Joshua Waitzkin, internationally renowned child prodigy chess player. Thanks Matt B for these suggestions, as they were well worth it. 5) Physical strength - Aaron and I have been doing some good workouts. Nothing too crazy, but we have been focusing a bit more on the legs. I don’t actually enjoy legwork, as I feel like my legs generally get a decent enough work out during my daily life. I prefer upper body exercises. I do need to try to be consistent though, as with travel, it’s easy to muck up momentum.
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