I was just wanting to get people’s views on how they judge how hard to push training once race date is approaching. As I’m not sure how to proceed. I apologise now for the essay.
I have my first skyrace the first weekend of October, it’s fairly short only 24miles with 3,000m of ascent around Snowdonia (u.k). I’ve been following the training plan in UA (I had to adjust a little for work commitments) for 1st time 50km and it’s been going really well until recently.
As a bit of background I have a fairly physical job working with and galloping racehorses which involves me being on the go for at least 8hrs a day.
My last really good back to back weekend was 7/8 August and I did back to back 30km runs and felt really strong and good. Then I had an easy week and the following week was going well and Saturdays 30km went well but I totally crashed on the Sunday 22 Aug, and only made it 13Km before I and to head back to the car as I was done. When I got home I just fell straight to sleep.
So I decided as I was a bit ahead of the programme to give myself another easy week but now moving into this week I still feel very tired and like I have no energy even after a week off.
However this is scheduled to be my final big volume week before tapering (I’m working all through next weekend so can’t push it back another week). So should I just push through and get it done as then I’ll have 3 weekends to recover before the race or at this stage is it better to just listen to my body and do what I can as I’m on the move with my job all day anyway.
I know this is a very personal question to me and my training but I’d be really interested to know if other people have been in similar situations and what they’ve decided to do and the pros and cons.