Training, Racing & LCHF Fueling For Skating And Endurance Sports
Inline marathons come in all shapes and sizes, and LIM is about as tough as they come – taking place around 28 dizzying laps of Hillingdon Cycle circuit, it is a world away from the cushty closed circuit of Berlin or the point-2-point courses of many other marathons. The field is quite small usually – maybe between 50-100 full marathoners, although there are those who opt for the half marathon, and there is a also 90 minute quad-only event straight after.
I’ve only attempted LIM twice before – the first time in 2008 I DNF’ed with cramp after only 3 or 4 laps – that was a horrific experience – and in 2012 I limped around in about 1hr58m with shin splints crippling me for the first half hour – although that also included 5 minutes of lying on the grass thinking I had finished after 27 laps.
So this year my goal is simply to “do better”. I have been a bit short of skating miles since LeMans, and I don’t see LIM as a priority, but a race is a race, and I’d like to do well. Strategy-wise, the biggest challenge will be to resist the temptation to set out too fast, so I will be racing with my Garmin heart rate monitor and paying particular attention to keeping my heart rate down for the first 4-5 laps. Because of the hills it’s super-easy to set off too fast – which is a bad, bad idea.. skaters who do this almost inevitably blow up a few laps later. I’m older and wiser now.. so let’s see if I have it in me to execute a good race plan.
A lot will depend on the conditions – forecasts are for a decent breeze and there is a good chance it might be a wet race too.. in which case the aim will just be to survive.
Full race report will follow next week.