After further review the path has been determined for Ice Age. As most of us are self coached, it is common to consult others and read the volumes of printed material. Can an unbiased methodology be constructed? What other specific tasks can be undertaken to increase the mothership's ability to have a safe voyage? Obviously an ultra marathon of 50 miles will require volume and long runs. Activities outside of running have never played a part (biking, stretching, weights, yoga, etc.) in the construct. However one overlooked item...weight reduction, did assist in last years Lakefront Marathon result. Leaner was truly wiser.
Honesty with oneself is a good thing. Honesty from friends is even better. Again, I speak truly in terms of the art of running an excellent Ice Age. Maybe that sounds corny, but that's is what this is about. What is there to consider and what path(s) should be taken?
1. I have averaged 50 miles a week the past 3 years. Conclusion - I am aerobically fit right now. Focus on strength and try to become faster.
2. I have been treated (successfully) for Polycythemia Vera for almost 15 years. Conclusion - We work hard to keep my hematocrit at 45%. There are other compromises, but this means my blood's ability to carry oxygen is probably not lacking. Therefore focus on strength, getting faster, and performing the long runs only as needed.
3. Male, 5'11" and 176.5 pounds. Graduated HS at 148. Freshman college 151, Senior college 165,
Competitive years 2000 - 2005 172-173. Outlier was Boston 2002 at 162 (55 a week, large volumes of intensity, PR'd at 40 years old with a 2:40:56). Conclusion - Get off the hot fudge and mashed potato diet and run leaner.
I'll continue these thoughts later.