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  • Not much info on the sort of running events Jakub does/did, but interesting to look at some of the numbers.

    Last fall I did a lot of running. September to end of November. It consisted of up to 130k in peak weeks. This includes intensity.

    That is a lot of running but it's definitely not insane in ultra-running terms. It's pretty much what I topped out at when I was training for 100mile/24hr races and for me was structured as follows: Monday 10k easy, Tuesday 10k inc intervals, Wednesday 20k easy, Thursday 10k easy, Friday 10k easy (or off), weekend: 70-80k split over 2 days (usually 40/30). For me that was pretty much the maximum I could do both physically and logistically but I know people who do more, or more importantly hit those numbers consistently (whereas for me they were peak numbers).

    His strava is private (I requested a follow but I doubt he'll have time to respond any time soon...) but it lists his "predicted" marathon and half marathon times as 3:35 and 1:35. Predicted numbers are always balls (mine are about 5mins slower than reality) but if we assume they are in the right ballpark then his times are decent, but not brilliant even considering he focusses on ultra running. (again for reference, when I was ultra running I ran a 3:13 marathon at the back of a >100km week and was very much "middle of the pack").

    Having said this, leading up to the SRMR 2019, I trained ~670h from Sep 2018 to mid-Aug 2019.

    These hours have been spread across biking, running, skiing etc. It's interesting to compare these to James numbers, who, according to strava, has done 634 hours in 2019 alone. So James seems to have accumulated a greater volume overall, but (at least according to strava) has done nothing but cycling. Given the demands of the event and all the hike a bike sections, I wonder whether greater all round functional strength will be an advantage in this race.

    Anyway, it's all fascinating.

    Go @skinny !!

  • Yeah it's interesting to think of their strengths and weaknesses. Skinny has been out there for a month, like Lael, she has been pushing her bike up and down the race terrain. Not sure when Jakub flew out, but it has to figure in to a decision to ride long into darkness as skinny has done. Jakub's switch clean from running to cycling and his freshness to ultra-cycling had me thinking he'd blow up early or not hold the same pace. A few start super fast in previous TABR races and blew from inadequate preparation or training. Jakub has defied that over the last two days. Yet skinny is probably the guy you least want chasing you as he is metronomic. The unpredictable elements are a big factor too and what makes it interesting. We might be coming on to more 'Jakub' terrain, hikeabike as Tonts said upthread. Skinny is new to the mtb/cross stuff too which must be a leveller. Jakub is running a great race. Funny that both wrote before the race that there was no huge expectation of a win in their minds. Lael finally has a good deal of familiarity of this kind of thing and should not be discounted along with Jay.

  • So James seems to have accumulated a greater volume overall, but (at least according to strava) has done nothing but cycling.

    He has done a little swimming to be fair:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/JamesMarkHayd­en/status/1134895723395371009

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