As an endurance athlete I have learned very quickly that you must be mentally strong to race an ultra. If you are not prepared mentally then you can forget about racing well, and in most cases even finishing!! In just twelve days I have my first 50k!! About a month ago I was not ready mentally, I felt good and knew I could finish a 50k but I didn't believe in myself, I didn't have the killer instinct!!
It is no secret that I will not win The North Face Endurance Challenge at Wachusett Mountain. Don't tell me that though, right now I'm at a spot that I believe I will compete. I'm happy that it is just the 50k going off at 7am, I'll be able to pace myself properly and won't have to worry about chasing down someone that is running the 20k. In fact I know that my mental strength will have me passing people after the 20 mile mark. I'm mentally stronger than any runner in the field (I don't know if that is true) my life experiences hurt a heck of a lot more than running a 50k and not being able to walk for a day or two. The pain of the race will heal, no matter what happens I will be ok. In life I have lost best friends, seen family members pass away and a whole lot more. The life pain will stay with me forever, the pain from any race goes away.
In twelve days I will be at the start line and I will be listening to this song, yes Mike Tyson was a monster but that mindset is a must for any athlete. I don't agree with his life choices but if you take that out of the equation Mike Tyson had the most powerful mind ever in sports. It is that mindset that will help me as I run my first of (possibly) many endurance races!!