I've had a low-grade respiratory tract infection since Friday almost one week ago. Not much soreness or feeling tired, just green phlegm and a little cough. But I've not wanted to aggravate it because I'm doing the Great Glen Nordic 300 on Sunday. Snowman will be there doing his job but not racing. Anyway, in the Nordic 300, they give us five hours to ski as many 5K laps as we can. My goal is 12 laps or 60K, which is a slowish pace, especially if the conditions are halfway decent. But I've never skied for 5 hours...I think my longest is 2.5 hours, so I will likely have trouble pacing myself and I'm likely to crash and burn not long after 3 hours! We'll see.
So as not to augment the infection, I've had a very easy week, doing about 12-15K everyday at a very easy pace. Today I even stopped a lot to talk to all the FHS skiers about states, the race yesterday, the race, saturday, etc. etc. So my body and mind are really itching to go long and hard. I'm not sure that's the mental strategy I want to take into the 300.