“I have to be done running by 7:20am to take the kids to school or before 8pm to take the girls to gymnastics,” said Iain as I discussed the details of his weekly training plan in preparation for Rio Del Lago 100.
I had the pleasure of coaching Iain and not only did he meet the qualifying time with a finish of 21:36:53, he earned another opportunity to put his ticket in the lottery for a spot at next years Western States Endurance Run. I am really proud of Iain’s hard work to earn that spot. Here is a guy who spent several months traveling for work while juggling the duties of being a dad to three active children and supportive husband. When asked what the most difficult part of the training was for him, he replied, “Getting in the volume with all the travel and work obligations. But my handy dandy coach is a master on that front. I loved the challenge of seven consecutive days during the peak week.”
Not once did Iain shy away from the challenge of putting in the quality runs to prepare himself for RDL. His focus was to earn a qualifier for Western States 2018. As most folks know who run 100’s , the distance is daunting. In order to finish you have to be committed to the process and dedicate the time. Iain did that and it was no surprise that he exceeded my expectations with a victorious finish.
Here are some of Iain’s notable moments during RDL
I went into the race somewhat confident – Bree had pushed me harder than before with 800 miles in the four months leading up to the race. This included an unprecedented seven consecutive day streak (including a double in the middle) and a peak of 105 miles in ten days. I was fortunate in that my work pressure had calmed down recently; I was therefore able to enter the race with a relatively clear mind. Bob, my crew member, helped me set three alarms for Saturday morning so, for once, I didn’t have a sleepless night worrying about whether I’d wake up in time. Race day started at 3:30 after those alarms conspired to scream in the new day. The mandatory body lubing and dressing began; we joined the others emerging from our hotel in the wee hours.
The joy of ultra races is that, even in cases where you have large group of entrants (this time 420), the logistics at the start are pretty easy and low key. Bob sheltered me in his warm jacket as I listen to the race announcements and took in the motley crew of ultra runners from across the country and multiple countries.
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