This was my first serious week of training for the UROC 100km. My fitness has been decent, but nowhere near it needs to be come race day at the end of next month. I fell a little short of hitting my goal of 100 miles this week, but spent plenty of time up high and got in some really fun/rewarding adventures in the mountains. My plan for the next 3 weeks is to get even more serious with both volume and intensity. It’s time to ramp things up!
8-18-13: Easy 8 miles S. Boulder Creek Path in 58min. ‘289
8-19-13: Steady to Bonk: Longish 18.5 miles on the UROC course. Started on the Peaks Trail above Breck and then almost made it down to Frisco before deciding to take the turn back up the mountain on Miners Creek Rd. After taking a single gel and running out of water I started to not feel so good on the climb up the Colorado Trail to over 11,000′. Popped out on the 10-mile Peak Traverse around Peak 5 and ran almost to Peak 8 before bushwacking/hiking down some out-of-bounds ski areas back down to Breck (UROC course goes down to Copper at that point). Did not plan to be out for so long! 3hrs10min, 4000′
8-20-13: Easy 10 miles S. Boulder Creek Path in 70min. 417′
8-21-13: Steady tempo up Green Mtn. from Chaut on Gregory-Ranger in just under 40min. Legs felt like crap and it was hot because I started late. In a hurry so I spent 1min on the summit then put a decent effort down on the descent (also Gregory-Ranger). Made it back to Chaut for a total time of 61min…now I’ve got it in my head that a round-trip run from Chaut up Amp-Saddle-Greenman and back down (most direct line minus the flatirons) can be done in 55min or so if I really push and take some risks.
6.5 miles, 1hr, 2500′
8-22-13: Spent the night in Maroon Bells with Sandi to make an attempt at the 4-Pass Loop. Got rained out on the first climb (soaked and not good views at all!) so decided to bag it and head back to Aspen for the day. Still got most of the way up the first pass:
7.5 miles, 2hrs15min, 2000′
8-23-13: Ran the Maroon Bells 4-Pass Loop with Sandi. Took a lot of pics and video and enjoyed the views until it started raining on the 4th Pass. Probably the most beautiful run I’ve ever done and it was extra special to do it with someone I really love. Plan to come back here for an FKT attempt!
27 miles, 8.5hrs, 8000′
8-24-13: Camped out near Leadville so Sandi and I hit up La Plata Peak (14,336′) on the classic class 2 NW ridge route. Fairly steep sections meant a lot of powerhiking. Nice smooth run on the way down though, esp the last few miles!
9.5 miles, 4hrs, 4500′
After all this running around and camping it was time to sit back and relax with some quality beverages:
So now, Avery Beer of the week: Samaels Ale:
I tried this very strong (15-17% ABV) oak-aged English style ale at the Tap Room last week in Boulder and it almost blew my socks off! It has a unique malt/vanilla flavor that is like nothing I have ever tried before. I love how they get so creative at Avery with all the brews so tasting is always a pleasure. The Samaels Ale is a special treat!
Mileage: 87 miles
Time: about 18hrs
and enjoy the Ride!
PS video of the Maroon Bells 4-Pass Loop to follow!
Right now you can check out a quick clip of the view Sandi and I saw from the top of La Plata Peak:
About the Author (Author Profile)2-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, Mountain runner, Author of "Running For The Hansons," trail runner, videos for Vo2max Productioins, LLC.
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- Sage Canaday UROC 100k Training | September 4, 2013