After some years with shortish multisport events, I want to focus more on running in the future. I will start with mountain- and roadrunning races from about 10k to the halfmarathon this season and work more on my speed. Goal for the seson is to run 32:xx in the 10k and 1:12 for the half (I've run 33 and 1:13 without too many specific sessions). I will wait a bit with doing a marathon and I see myself on long trail races in the future.
So now, this season is about running speed. But there is this adventure multisport race I can't stop thinking about. I've never done a race of this length and I want to find out how I will fare, as longer distances seem to fit me.
The race consists of the following:
Mountain biking: 24k with 1500m elevation gain
Running: 11k with 500m elevation gain
Skimo: 7k with 1200m elevation gain
So there is a total of over 3200m of climbing (more than 10'000 feet of vertical gain) and the race finishes on the glavier on over 10'000 feet as well.
I like to do long training days and a lot of hours. I thirve on volume and have to be careful with too much intensity. At the moment I am working on the extremes; short sprints, endurance, strength. I think I can do this race and the whole strength endurance side in the training can actually help me in my running later. I would still do my weekly sprint sessions though.
So my question is if that race and the preparation for it can be benefitial for my summer running goals?
I saw that Blummenfelt is doing a 70.3 early in the season and then his focus is on the itu circuit. What do you think?