Category Archives: training
Well, I beat last year’s running mileage by 4 miles. That’s progress!!
I was happy to finally get my bike refurbished and put some solid rides in on it late in the season. I also rowed 45 miles on our new rowing machine, which bumped up my overall hours of training somewhat.
I think I ran better back in 2009 and 2010 when my mileage was lower, but time on the bike was higher. My ideal mix seems to be about 2,500 running and 1,500 bike (which are usually all MTB miles, so they don’t rack up quite as fast).
Racing was a struggle this year. I DNF’d the Buffal Run 100 in March, ran two very slow 50 milers in May and June, then my second-fastest Leadville 100 – but it was still 3 hours off my best.
My best race was actuall a non-race solo 50 mile time trial that I ran in September.
I was fortunate to participate in many fun group runs including the Ponderous Posterior (fat ass), Leila’s Leadville run, Brandon’s Leadville run, Woody’s pancake run, and some other smaller get togethers. I had a great time with my son on a 14er trip where we climbed peaks all day every day. A fun trip to Moab with friends and family, and many other good memories.
I’m happy with my consistency and hope that I will start to see some more improvement eventually after being stalled out for quite a while.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see many of you on the trails in 2014!
Didn’t post last week’s training – pretty routine stuff. 40’ish running, and a good bike ride. I did start working out on the rowing machine and I am surprisingly loving that. It seems to be a great compliment to running and kicks your butt without breaking you down too much. Working my way down to a sub-20 5,000 meter before too long.
This week = holyfreakinghotdamnwheredidthatcomefrom?!?!?
Busted out my biggest ever non-race week with 18.5 hours of running and two rowing sessions. I felt primed to go big and everything worked out as I had a few days off (had to use or loose some vacation), no travel plans, good weather, and good legs. I felt stronger at the end of the week than I did at the beginning.
Monday – 24.4 run
Dropped the kids off at school and ran a couple of loops in the Highlands Ranch backcountry. Cold and miserable day, but the forecast was looking much better later in the week so I got though it.
Had about 90 seconds of sunshine just after dawn, then it went dark for the rest of the day.
Face too frozen to smile.
Tuesday – 5k row, 20.3 run
Rowed early, then got out for a nice long one to Chatfield and back. I was happy with my consistent pace after a creaky first mile.
Wednesday – 22.1
Feeling it now. Calves are thrashed. Ran up Sharptail into a 1,000mph headwind. Had some goober on the lens, but caught this crow bothering a raptor.
Thursday – 12.6 run
Up and out early before dawn to jog an easy 4 and loosen up a little. Then out with the dog for 1.5. After that, we headed to Castle Rock to run in our 7th consecutive Turkey Trot together as a family. I looped back after I finished and walked the last half with my girls. My legs felt ok to run hard, they just wouldn’t go as fast as I wanted. Averaged 6:58.
Friday – 5k row, 11.3 run
Back to work. Steady lunch run.
Saturday – 21.2 run
Met up with Woody, Joe, Jim, and Pat for a long one in the Roxborough area. I jogged over to Sharptail from my house and then ran with the guys up and over Carpenter Peak. I dropped down into Waterton while they continued up to Indian Creek. Fantastic morning for a run and it was great to get out with the guys for a bit. I suffered up the Carpenter climb like I knew I would, but I was super happy with how good I felt otherwise. Wish I had the time to go longer, but had to be home by 11:00 to do lunch and then shoot our family pics.
My daughter teases that I ran out of leg paint.
Gotta take a running mirror shot coming down Waterton.
Nice buck in the canyon.
Decided to take some family pics while our mountain-child was in town with us. Shot this with an 85mm so the camera was a fair distance away. Hitting the timer and then sprinting into position was no easy task for my worked legs.
Sunday – 2.3
Out with the dog, then drove Malcolm back up to Leadville. Felt like I could have done another 20.
Nice sunset over Halo Ridge and Mount of the Holy Cross. Malcolm and I hiked that route back in July. I think most people would like the second shot more than the first, but I really like the light on the ridge in that first one. They were taken 12 minutes apart.
Total – 114.1 run (10,344′ climbing), 0 bike, 10,000 meters rowing, 19:21
Flying high last week, straight into a nose dive. This week was tough, mostly due to work. I was tired coming into it, and then got pushed over the edge.
I sort of have a training philosophy that you should really crank when the opportunity is there, because something will inevitably derail the plans at some point. I flipped this around and made this more of a true rest week instead of unnecessarily fighting to pull off a mediocre one. Now I’m ready to get back at it.
Monday – 55 bike
Had the day off and took off for a big ride after getting some chores done. It was slightly cold and very windy, so by the time I got back 3.5 hours later I was pretty worked.
Tuesday – 5.1 run
Got called for work yesterday afternoon and ended up going until 2:00 AM. Then up at 5:00. Super tired for this one. Ended up turning back early.
Wednesday – 0
Went through the motions of starting to get ready for a run. Wasted time checking my phone, then just sat there for like 20 minutes. Totally tired and no desire to run at all. It was a beautiful warm day, but I didn’t have it in me.
Thursday – 9.4 run
A little better today. Struggled at times through this one, but got it done and was better for it. Ended up working until midnight.
I stopped for a little break in the sunshine.
Friday – 7.7 run
Slightly uncomfortable tempo.
Saturday – 0
Had a window I could have used to run in the afternoon. I took a 3.5 hour nap instead! And I hate taking naps.
Sunday – 0
Figured I might as well skip today, too. Make the most out of the rest week rather than watering it down by trying to get some sort of run in.
Total – 22 run, 55 bike, 6:52