I started to think about what I want as an athlete. Do I want to focus on ultra marathons and ride the bike for fun? Do I want to just have fun and ride or run when I can and only run one ultra a year? Do I want to focus on the bike and try racing at the local level again? The answer is simple, I never had more fun then I did when I ran an ultra, my goal moving forward is to run at least two a year and run a 50 miler in 2018.
The truth is I haven't put in the work that I should to run two ultras this year. Yes I ran one and had a bad break but I could have done more. I have two months to see if I can run another 50k in November. That is where I am confused, do I get in the gym and use weights as part of my training or do I just log mile after mile. I honestly don't know, I have people that sit on both sides of the fence, some say the miles will help muscles and prepare me. I have others that say muscle will be better from weights and running. Personally I want to incorporate pain into whatever I do, I pushed myself to the edge mentally in the 50k but didn't go to the point where I was extremely uncomfortable. I'm a big believer that mental toughness beats athletes that might be more fit but not as strong mentally. My pace might be slower but if I can endure pain and the guy that is faster can't I will probably beat him!!
How does someone train like that? This is a question that I have asked myself for years, if anyone has any suggestions or knows of a training plan I'm all ears!!