Early morning, 4 hours left until the race. Loaded myself with water since yesterday. In the late evening yesterday I also stuffed myself with wholegrains and yoghurt. An hour ago I ate spaghetti with tuna. I think that will be the last thing I eat before the race – I don’t want to risk upsetting the stomach.
During the race I plan to keep a pace of around 4:50 the first 4.3 km. Then comes the slope going on for around one km and lifts us up nearly 60 meters. Then I will try to keep the pace to around 4:00, but I know I will drop to around 4:15-4:20 after a while. It’s ok. I don’t want to come to dry-retching, which will be hard not to with such an incline.
After 5,3 km it goes downhill all the way to the finish line. So 60 meters downwards for 4,7 km. Then I will try to gain some of what a lost. So I will try to keep a pace of at least 3:40-3:45 most of the time.
But we’ll see. Keeping a pace of around 4:00 for such a long incline upwards might be unrealistic.