I’m sure you’d rather read about the training secrets of guys like Hal and Graham who’ve actually won WS, but since neither of them is likely to reveal his secrets (although lc did get a handful of gems this weekend from Hal) this will have to do for now. Below are ten WS training secrets of AJW and mine. Please excuse the third person.
AJW 1: Psych out the competition with hot air.
LB 1: Blog obsessively about Western States.
AJW 2: Practice peeing with blood in your urine in training so you’re ready for it on race day.
LB 2: Practice puking in training so it doesn’t faze you in the race.
AJW 3: Do huge volume track workouts and run them in reverse order (fastest first, slowest last).
LB 3: Do the same damn races each year leading up to the race: Truffle Shuffle 4 mile, Way Too Cool 50K, Pear Blossom 10 miler.
AJW 4: Reinventory all the trees, rocks, and hills on the course each year so you can have 1000 intermediate splits.
LB 4: Spend a week training on the course in April.
AJW 5: Hide tire chains in the bushes off I-80 so you can reuse them on your rental car for training runs on the course.
LB 5: Eat at Mr Pickles in Red Bluff on the way down to the course and Marysville on the way back home. When you’re really fit, wear your Mr Pickles t-shirt while eating there.
AJW 6: Lick your balls (or is it your arm?) in the sauna to determine if you’re over your sweat hump. This may require the use of a partner.
LB 6: Deplete your body of sodium on long runs to encourage your body to hold onto it. This might help you achieve #2 also.
AJW 7: Go to the ski area, ride the lift up and run down. Repeat until your quads are toast.
LB 7: Go to Rooster Rock, walk up and run down. Repeat until your quads are toast or you blow out your tibialis anterior.
AJW 8: Wear the oldest pair of shoes you have in January and February to beat your feet up.
LB 8: Make fun of AJW’s secret training methods.
AJW 9: Dress like Magnum PI.
LB 9: Shave your legs.
AJW 10: Drink four beers the night before the race.
LB 10: Paint your toenails the night before the race.
So there you have it, our top ten WS training secrets. What are yours?