May 19th to May 25th, 2013.
After taking a couple days off after the Transvulcania ultra (followed by a relatively low mileage week), I put in one of my best weeks of training so far this year. I’ve only just began to track vertical gain for each training week, but I think I accumulated the most I ever have in my life (16,643 feet of climbing) in this past 7 days:
5/20 Easy 10 miles with Sandi (100min) and 500’ vert. in Seattle.
5/21 Steady 10 miles up Gregory-Ranger to summit Green Mtn. (33min or so ascent) then back down West ridge/bear canyon and back on Mesa trail for 79min. and 3793’ vert.
5/22 AM: Easy 8 miles flat at low 7-min pace in S. Boulder (flat)
PM: Easy 4 miles (35min) with Sandi in S. Boulder
5/23 Long Run: 5 hrs with Sandi in Golden Gate State Park for 25 miles at around 9,000 of altitude. No gels! Just a bite of a Kind Bar and a handful of salted pumpkin seeds..pretty hot and dehydrated. 5800’ vert.
5/24 Easy 10 miles with Sandi up from Nederland to Eldora (road). 78min and 650’ vert.
5/25 Long Run (aka “adventure run). Lots of hiking through 3-5’ of snow…got a little lost with Trent Briney and Josh Arthur. Hit the summit of Audubon (13,200+). 8.5 hours out from the car… on 4 gels and 2 Kind Bars. 40 ounces water to drink. 24.5 miles for the day and 6,000’ vert.
Mileage: 101.5 miles
Time: about 21 hours.
Right now I’m just happy I still have my health and have the time to explore new trails and mountains!
I am about 2 weeks out from my next race at the Cayuga Trails 50 in Ithaca, NY. I’m excited to go back to the college town where I went to school at Cornell and run this inaugural ultra-trail race.
Here’s a video log “VLOG” entry of my training recap as well as footage of some of my latest adventures and animal sightings! Stay tuned for more Vo2max Productions..
Thanks again for all the support and best of luck with your own training and racing!