We turned left and ran along the road by the side of the lake.
Met Louis as we went up. He had came out for a run earlier than us.
Mt Fuji was in the background.
It was not really a hard run up here. The run was more like running for the fun of it. To remind our legs of the tremendous effort it was going to put in the next day.
We stayed for a short while before running back to the ryokan. Breakfast was already waiting. Today we would go for the race briefing by Avid Adventure, followed by a route recce, racer check-in and some shopping at the race expo. Hehe .. ;p
Could anyone name all of them?
I met Pauline again at Togawasou. She said I had slimmed down a lot and looked totally different from last year. She said I must had trained hard for this race. Last night, when Harry dropped by at Nagahama, he also said I had slimmed down and looked different from last year too.
(I guessed I must have looked like shit when I came the year before. Hahaha .. )
|(L - R): Harry, Pauline, Hitomi|
|(L - R): Edzra, Nora, Reuben, me, Brian|
The bus took us to another location, with another trail entrance. This time we were sure we were correct. :)
|From Louis Kwan|
Followed by the gear check. We were supposed to be given a red flashing light when we were done. It was also a mandatory item. However we were told it would only be given to us at A2 during the race as the stock had not arrived.
Lunch was with the guys at a restaurant selling chinese food .. half an hour walk away. :p
We went back to the ryokan at around 1700Hr. Its time to do the final preparation.
1) Leki Carbonlite XL trekking poles
2) Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 12 hydration bag
3) The North Face Venture waterproof jacket
4) The North Face Venture waterproof pants
5) Arc'teryx Phase SL Crew Long Sleeve baselayer
6) The North Face beanie
7) The North Face running gloves
8) Portable toilets
9) Black Diamond Storm headlights
10) Petzl E+Lite
11) Water bottles
12) Sea To Summit 500ml collapsable cup
13) Bear bell
14) Spare batteries for headlights
15) Powermonkey Explorer external charger for GPS watch
16) Emergency blanket
17) First aid kit
18) Elastic bandage
20) Garmin Fenix
Not in photo, race course map, travel insurance, handphone. I had never weigh them before but I believe the total should be around 5kg, or maybe more?
(The reflective band on the hydration bag was given during the racer check-in last year)
The official drop bag was given to us during the racer check-in at the start line. It was a 68cm x 50cm plastic drawstring bag.
I placed a spare set of shoes and running gear into it, plus running gloves, BUFF, bodyglide, additional first aid kit and nutrition.
We could place whatever we want, as long as it could fit in. No shoes allowed though.
There was still an issue which was in my mind now. Trekking poles were only allowed in certain sections of the course (A2 - A4, A10 - Finish). I could carry them right from the start line, but only use them starting from A2. Or, I could place them into the Avid drop bag at A10 but that would mean I would only be able to use them in the last 18.2km. Should I also deposit the poles into the official drop bag when I reach A4? Or should I keep them with me (but not allowed to use them) from A4 until A10? Decisions. Decisions. Its alright. I would have another night to think it through.
|From Avid Adventures|
|From Avid Adventures|
I looked through my gear and drop bag items again and again. Worried that I might had missed out any item. Enough. Lets stop looking that them already.
This was it. The night before the race. Pre-race jitters? This was the time when you had to have faith in the training you had done. I would be lying if I said I was not a tad nervous but it was not until the extend of freaking out. It seems more like the feeling of anticipation of what was going to unfold. Whether if you had prepared, physically AND mentally, well for the race. Or was it anxiousness? I could not really describe the feeling I had in me now. I had read somewhere that before a race it was best just to be yourself.
Yah, I was just being myself.