“She began to feel the sense of wonderful elation that always came to her when beauty took hold of her and made her forget her fears.”I realize that it's been more than a month since I last posted. I blame the fact that school is out, the summer weather is here in force and well, I just can't seem to bang these out like I used to. This one took a whole week to finish, hence the modified title.
I realized back on Friday the 13th that I was exactly 13 weeks out from Run Rabbit Run. Yikes! With the rough racing season I had this Spring and the Achilles I've been babying for the past couple of months, I was primed for a mini-freakout. In order to calm my fears, I contacted Ian Torrence and asked him to set me up on a 3-month plan so I can get my training dialed. One of the reasons I wanted to use him was his "less-is-more" approach to training. Quality over quantity. He gave me duration of runs rather than distances, with differing intensities, depending on which energy system is being trained.
Got the plan this weekend and I love the diversity of workouts and how they fit into my current schedule as a mom with young kids. There's a good variety of workouts for endurance, stamina, speed and hills to keep things interesting. I know that I'd be prone to do more hours/miles in fear that I won't be prepared, so having Ian's guidance will be helpful in the coming weeks.
The past few weeks I've started getting more vert into my training. I'm calling them Friday Fourteeners. I've gotten out on a few -- namely, my hometown mountain of Pikes Peak and Mount Yale about two hours away. Two weeks ago there was still a little bit of snow up on Pikes above 12k feet, but not enough to slow down the ascent too much. Got caught in two hailstorms and questioned whether to continue both at Barr Camp and again around 13k ft when the clouds started rolling in again. Thankfully, no lightening when I was above treeline, so tagged the summit after all.
|The only redeeming aspect of climbing the W's...the views|
|Barr Camp water refill|
|Holy Hail, Batman|
|Back to sunny skies at A-Frame|
|The 12,000 ft obligatory shoe selfie|
|First of a few snow fields remaining|
|Despite a few scattered dark clouds, decided to press on|
|My favorite view on the trail|
|Smellin' the barn|
|Hail moved in again for about 20 minutes then moved away|
|Cairns marked the way through the talus|
|Above treeline and destination in view|
|The water stash|
|Enjoying the views to the southwest|
|View from the saddle|
|Adding a rock to the cairn|
|The summit from the false summit|
|The Sawatch Range sure is perty|
|Looking west toward the Sawatch Range|
|Getting above treeline gets me giddy|
|Heading up toward the saddle on the left|
|From the saddle, the summit can be seen|
|Unlike last time, altitude didn't keep me from running this section|
|The main downside of the Crags... traffic noise|
|The summit atop a big pile of rocks|
|What I saw from the summit... precip headed our way|
|The big event on Sunday|
|There was no thunder or lightning, so I headed back down|
|Got pelted by BB sized hail -- 4 different times|
|Saw the Eightmile fire in Canon City|
|Ran this descent, unlike last time|
This year's race is going to be very exciting with a stacked men's field that is sure to be competitive. Kilian finally got in and I suspect he's the favorite to win it. But with former winners Seb Chaigneau and Julien Chorier, along with Prez, Joe and Timmy in the mix, it's going to be interesting to see who ends up on the podium. I'll get to see some of the action on Friday and plan to be at the finish when the first runners arrive Saturday morning.
So as I'm distracted with RRR100 training and preparing to leave for Hardrock, I'm getting some quality family time with the kiddos, who will be back east with Dad visiting Grandma while I'm gone. So proud of my 7YO who hiked to the top of the Incline with me a couple of weeks ago. He doesn't have the grit that I have (yet), but met a pretty mama that got him motivated to keep going through the "gut" of the Incline, which is the toughest part.
|His crush and motivation to get to the top|
|Enjoying some energy chews|
|Topping out of "The Gut"|
|He did it!|
|Running down the Barr Trail|
|He learned what a digger is too|