About my upcoming ultra plans: I am still sorting them out, but it appears as if the following is true:
1) I've lost some weight
2) I've gotten stronger from the McNaughton experience
3) I still need to address issues concerning walking technique, nausea (at 14 hours) and speed.
So, my plans (as of right now)
1) 50K at Ice Age (fun) on Mother's Day Saturday
2) FANS 24 hour on 3-4 June, with the idea of walking easily and in control the whole way. I won't have any mileage goal, but will plan to be steady and to hold good form. I'll also try some new eating strategies and anti-nausea measures.
3) Dave McGovern's racewalk clinc on June 11-12. See: http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/rayzwocker/worldclass/clinics.htm
4) Advanced Marathoning's 12 week 70 miles per week plan to get ready for the Minnesota 50K (judged division where one can be dropped down to "B" judging division if one gets DQ'ed for bent knees) This is on October 14.
5) Chicago 50K on November 11 (unjudged)
6) Either the Ultracentric 48 hour (if they have it) or Across the Years 48 hours seeking back to back 50 mile walks.
7) Houston 24 in February.
8) McNaughton next year (100, start with the 150 mile folks).
Of course, those are PLANS which are subject to the whims of Providence and my own lack of discipline.
As far as the Dave McGovern clinic: this is why I will listen to him: Dave has walked a 1:24:29 20 K (6:46 mintues per mile) and turned over a 4:37 50K at the 2004 Olympic trials; for more details see:
(for a cool photo story on the US Olympic trials 50K racewalk, check out:
I can also recommend the site http://www.racewalk.com and have gotten good use from the Jeff Salvage "Walk Like a Champion". Be warned though: his training schedules are not for the faint of heart). Also, these DVD's might not play well with the old/cheap DVD players, though my computer handles it easily.