The good news: My recovery from Mohican was insanely fast. Most likely as a result of the super-hydration plan I executed during the race, I awoke the morning after with almost no muscle soreness. Definitely a first for me after a 100 miler, and definitely a good sign that I'm carrying a nice level of fitness into my training for the Long Trail over the next 7 weeks. It's good that I have that base fitness too, because yesterday I started looking at the Long Trail maps to figure out the pace I'll need to follow to break the speed record. The phrase "Oh, man!" was uttered each time I added up the elevation gain for each day:
Day 2: 60 miles, 16,350 ft. of climbing
Day 3: 70 miles, 15,225 ft. of climbing
Day 4: 73 miles, 14,000 ft. of climbing
Total: 273 miles, 66,575 ft. of climbing
Of course, the weather and trail conditions (which are always rugged) will probably slow that pace up a bit ( for example, I also already know about a bridge detour which adds 3 miles to the normal trail route this summer), but the reality is I still have to do all that climbing regardless of my speed. In order to keep my legs from completely falling apart along the way, I'm including more climbing than ever before in my training over the next 7 weeks. Blasting the downhills to build up my quads is maybe even more important than working on my climbing muscles too, especially when you consider I'll need to run the downhills hard in order to keep pace with the stout record pace set by Jonathan Basham last year (4 Days, 12 Hours, 46 minutes)....and for that matter the similar pace of former record holders Ted Keizer (4d, 13h, 15m in 2004), Ed Kostak (4d, 15, 18m in 2000), and David Horton (4d, 22h, 54m in 1999), all of whom I have the utmost respect for.
That said, I'm really looking forward to focusing on building up these gangly old legs to put forth the best effort I can over those mountains. It might not be in the cards for me to break the record, but I certainly won't go down without a fight!