Cirques on peaks bring views
Like woods show serenity
Instinct for nature
July 12th, 2013:
Okay, so Sandi and I have just a little over 2 weeks until the Speedgoat 50k in the mountains of Utah. With over 11,000 feet of climbing in 31-32 miles at altitude I’m anticipating at least several hours of pain trying to “ride the wall.”
Last month I learned how shot my climbing legs can get after racing the Cayuga Trails 50 and then attempting Mt. Washington a mere 7 days later. Let’s just say that 2 miles into the 7.6 mile race up the auto road in the White Mountains New Hampshire I was in a world of hurt and already a good 30 seconds off my pace from last year on “the big hill.” Lesson learned.
Here’s a video of a fun hike/run I did the day after with a college buddy and Sandi to enjoy/explore the mountains of the Northeast:
So I’ve been racing a lot this year…(probably waaay too much). But for me racing is a big driving force of my running and I do train specifically for races a lot of times with prize money in mind as I do use my legs to pay the bills and rent! But I also love running for the sake of running. I love the camaraderie and I love the competition. I love the process of setting a goal and chasing it; the sense of accomplishment derived from self-improvement.
In closing, here is a 7-day snapshot of my prep for Speedgoat. (Note: I chose a week going from Saturday to Friday because it happened look the best on my training log…lots of people count their weeks from Sunday to Saturday or Monday to Sunday but I wanted this total to look higher than my usual weekly mileage!). It’s not about any given 7-day block of training anyway – it’s about weeks and weeks and months and months and years and years of training, appropriate periodization and desired adaptation.
7-6-13: Long Run 22 miles (2hrs20min…6:18/mile ave, 1844’ vert). in Forest Park on the Leif Erickson trail above Portland, OR. This does run more like a gravel road but it had some rolling hills and not too many flat stretches. Good solid effort, 1 gel…felt good to get the legs moving about 1min/mile slower than marathon race pace…generating muscle tension…
7-7-13: Easy 8.5 miles up and down the road by my parent’s house. 1.5 hours
500’ of vert.
7-8-13: Steady 14 miles on the foothills of Boise, Idaho (nice trails btw). Quite hot out! 2756’ of vert. 1hr 53min
7-9-13: Easy 14 miles in Snowbird, Utah with Sandi (trying to find the speedgoat 50k course!) 4,065’ of vert. 3hrs, 19min.
7-10-13: Easy 12 miles on S. Boulder Path. 1hr25min (7:05 pace ave.). Keeping things pretty flat with 354’ of vert.
7-11-13: Longish: 20 miles in 2hrs57min. 4272’ of vert. Started way too late and the heat of the day in Boulder was brutal! Tagged Bear and went over to South Boulder Peak for the first time…then down Bear Canyon and over on Mesa trail. Didn’t bring enough fluid and went a good hour without drinking…still able to roll some 6min miles on the road at the end.
7-12-13: Semi-long: 16 miles on Niwot ridge over to Sourdough trail. 2hrs 10min, with 2552’ of vert. Felt decent climbing up the ridge and hit close to 11,500’ of elevation.
Mileage: 106.5 miles (highest of 2013!)
Vertical: 16, 343’
Time: about 13 hours
As you can see from the pictures/locations Sandi and I hit up a lot of trails, drove from Colorado to my home in Oregon where we ran in the forest near the coast. On our drive back we even slept in our car outside of Salt Lake city and then got hopelessly lost trying to find the Speedgoat course.
Here is a recap of our run out at Snowbird, Utah:
I’ve made a conscious effort to get in more vertical as that was what I felt I was seriously lacking strength in at Transvulcania.
I should also note that it was a somewhat rough week for Sandi and I as our trailer/cabin up in Nederland had some serious plumbing issues and we were without a bathroom, shower, and easy access to potable water for a couple days. Running has been good to us so far though!
Thanks for reading and best of luck with your training and future races!