So, we’ve covered that whole thing about finding something to train for rather than setting some sort of weight goal. Well, here’s the other part to that. You have to train your weaknesses. This topic came to me when I started training for Dances with Dirt, a 100k relay in Hell, MI. My biggest issue when we run that race always seems to be my Achilles tendons and calves. I guess you could say my Achilles heel WAS my Achilles tendon.. ha. Anyway, most people would choose to stay away from anything that would focus on putting pressure on that area with the hopes of keeping it “fresh” for race day and not over using it. I couldn’t disagree more. Train the hell out of it! The first approach hasn’t worked for me in recent years. One of the main staples of my DWD training this year was jump rope. Why? Because I knew it would CRUSH my calves and Achilles tendons. Did it suck? YES! Did I have problems on race day? For the first time in 3 years, no. Don’t get me wrong, I still feel violated from the abuse that race put me through. But My Achilles tendon is fine.