Monthly Archives: July 2011
For the first time in almost a year, I am both literally and figuratively hungry. I haven’t let myself get hungry for a long time. I’m liking the feeling. Every time my stomach rumbles a little bit, it reminds me I’m coming back. My injuries are all doing pretty well, not perfect, but no excuses now. Time to get to work and stop using them as a crutch.
Super week. Finally feel like I am really in training mode for the first time all year. Seem to have bounced back from Big Horn pretty well after taking it easy for one week, and have stepped things up a notch. Getting lots of runs in the heat, some climbing, hiking with a pack, time on the bike, a little bit of everything. Have also improved my eating habits 1000%. No more breakfast burritos, ice cream, soda, candy bars. Scale doesn’t show it yet, but I feel things tightening up. Game on.
|Locked on to a good cruising pace and held it there. Felt good to get out of jog mode for once.|
|Easy jog to return some books to the library.|
|Don’t normally count the dog walks, but this one was steady enough to make the grade.|
|HOT. Could feel the heat from the asphalt on the bottoms of my feet. Struggled the final miles, but didn’t crack. Ran by feel, ended up slower than I thought. It’s game on now. Went to bed hungry, woke up hungry, drove to work hungry, ran hungry. Time to get lean and mean, no excuses.|
|Slow and easy. Tested new Camelbak pack.|
|Last prep hike with the scouts before our 50 miler in July. Lots of climbing with fully loaded packs at Deer Creek Open Space. Had an interesting encounter with a small-ish (2 years old?) bear at dusk. It crossed the trail right in front of our group and I didn’t see it because I was bringing up the rear. While we were standing there talking, it popped back out onto the trail about 30′ away. I threw a couple of rocks near it and yelled, but it could not have cared less. Made me realize that the bear chooses what it wants to do, I’m not going to be able to intimidate one into running. I finally got it to move off the trail a bit before it started climbing a tree and then changed it’s mind. Luckily another rock got it moving downhill, followed by another that got the momentum going and it took off for good.
|Good ride. My legs were tired, but felt the best they have on the bike in quite a while. Put in a one hour effort and got 21.7 miles in that time with a 144 average heart rate.21.7 / 1:00 / 144avg|
|Included 8 mi tempo @ 8:09. Was thinking I’d be a little faster on the trails at the boneyard, but the legs are still a little bit heavy. Treated this as a tempo-lite and got in a solid hour+ at 150 HR.|
|Big run at Mount Falcon. Worked in the yard and around the house all morning, then took the kids to the pool in the afternoon and baked in the sun for a few hours. Pretty drained after all that, but headed over to Falcon and did 2 laps starting at the bottom lot up to the upper lot and back. Started at 5pm in the heat of the afternoon and did the whole run on 2 bottles and one pack of shot bloks. Wasn’t fast, but ran a pretty even split between the first lap and the second. Was really wrecked at the end, but told myself that was the whole point. Almost got smoked in a head-on with a goggle-wearing, boxer showing punk screaming through a blind s-curve on his bike while I was headed up the climb. Closest call I’ve had in a very long time, maybe ever. I think my two day old stubble left whisker burn on his cheek as he passed by. I was a rider long before I was a runner, so I totally get that side of things, but when he flew past me again on his second trip down and I realized he was getting shuttled to the top that really chapped my azz.|
|TM recovery. Threw in a mile @ 10% to get the blood pumping a little.|
|Foot Miles||73.3||Foot Time||14:21|
|Bike Miles||27.8||Bike Time||1:28|
Pic of the week:
Seen on Wednesday’s run. I’m determined not to need one at Leadville, unlike last year…