Saturday's Classic 10K, part of the Grand Prix Series, was more like a shuffle that landed me at least 10 minutes from my PR. This is a downhill course on pavement, it should have been an opportunity to set a new PR. Instead it was an opportunity to dwell on the merits of listening to your body. When a handful of Advil doesn't make a dent in the nearly nauseating jolt that shoots through your right leg with every step, your body is no longer politely requesting that you reconsider your…Continue
The Ascent is less than a month away. After my training run to Barr Camp last week, I now have more confidence I can finish the race in the cutoff time.
I usually set three goals for big races: one I should be able to meet, one that would stretch me a little, and one that is my BIG goal. Here are my goals for the Ascent:
So on Saturday, 7/19 I ran up the Barr Trail for the first time in a long while...just a couple of miles due to time restrictions but enough to inform me that I am woefully under-prepared for the Ascent. Let me just say that I'm glad they keep a light on all night at the visitors' center so I'll be able to find my way to the finish. I was thinking of incorporating some of teammate Sean O'Day's suggested Lactate Threshold training into my regimen but I think I'm lactate intolerant. Besides I…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on July 21, 2014 at 11:56am — No Comments
Added by Tonia Smith on July 21, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments
Wow! That was a hard 50 mile race. As I mentioned in my race preamble, this was my third weekend in a row racing a 50 mile mtb race. This was the shortest in distance (just over 48 miles) but the longest finish time by 30 minutes. It was 45 minutes longer than it took my last week when I won the Silver Rush 50 in Leadville. Hard day in the saddle at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
The race was nine laps and the heart of that being nine times grinding up onto Cougar Shadow and bumping…Continue
Added by Cameron Chambers on July 20, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Pikes training is a blast. Seriously, it's so much more complex and intricate than your standard 16-week canned marathon plan. There are so many things one can do to prepare, and so many ways to leave oneself wondering if enough has been done! It doesn't matter if you're an elite, grizzled middle-of-the-pack vet, or newbie just hoping to hit the cutoffs...there's always something more to be…Continue
With Cheyenne Mountain State Park race promoter Andy Bohlmann will have put on 100 races. That is no small feat and something that I myself am extremely thankful for all his effort. Having lived in Colorado Springs for only four years now I was able to participate in the last part of this run to 100. In the years I have been involved I have had nearly every experience from winning, losing, wrecking, and tons of smiling. The fact that I can have all these rich experiences aboard a bicycle all…Continue
Added by Cameron Chambers on July 18, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
So here we are only 4 weeks out from the magnum opus of races and I just took an entire week off. Crazy, I know, and not really what I'd planned. I'm now naturally concerned about what that desert of a week has done to my training, how much muscle mass I've obviously lost, and what a week at sea level has done to my red blood cells.
I wonder these things, but I don't regret the week off from my mad running schedule. My much-needed break was spent with my family, in the most…Continue
I've heard about going up to Barr Camp for years now. It's a very common training route for those getting ready for Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.
But, until today, I had not done the full route from base of mountain to Barr Camp. I did take the cog once last year to Mountain View, stopped by Barr Camp en route to the Peak.
I've run to the top of the W's several times. I've done a workout at the top of the Peak to treeline (top 3 miles). But, I hadn't been…Continue
If you've never had an opportunity to spend the night at Barr Camp, I highly suggest it. Renee and Anthony, the current caretakers were accommodating and friendly. I was planning on meeting up with some friends from Denver and they…Continue
The Saturday before the Summer Roundup I went to the top of Pikes Peak and sat up there for a couple of hours. Normally I would have ran down some and then back up for some Pikes Peak Ascent training. However, with the Summer Roundup the next day I just wanted to be on top for some altitude time.
As I sat on top and watched runners going up and down I was sad for a second that I wasn’t running. Yes, it was only for a second and then I was actually happy I wasn’t running, haha. As…Continue
I have been toying with running a race this fall. I am still trying to determine what distance I am capable of training for and completing. I will likely either attempt a 50k or a 50 mile. My preference would be the 50 mile because I love that distance. However, I just do not know if I am capable of getting adequate training for a 50 miler between now and race day. This week, I did two medium distance runs a few days apart. I ran a flat 16 miler alone one day, and then a hilly 15 miler in…Continue
Added by Tonia Smith on July 13, 2014 at 6:13pm — No Comments
At the Church of the Hidden Root. There is no greater soul-cleansing on a Sunday morning than an 8.5 mile run. Did repeats on the service road (pictured here) at Spruce Mountain. Can’t claim to know exactly how the clinometer app on my phone works but I measured this road at a grade of about 23% at one of its steepest parts. I do know that it’s a half mile long. With the repeats it was a nice, 2-hour workout. I ran comfortably in the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Summer Roundup…Continue
It's so easy to sign up for races. All that's required is a runner's high that erases all hesitation and a willingness to pay $40 for a few hours of torture. This familiarity with the phrase: "Yes, of course I'll run that!" made me think twice this morning. It was still dark outside when my alarm woke me up at 4:30am. That would have allowed me 2:30 to prepare for the Barr Trail Mountain Race. I rolled out of bed, pulled out my Purple and Gold singlet and was about to down a handful of…Continue
Although I know there's value in it, there is a part of me that feels kind of silly writing a race report for the Summer Roundup. Why? I purposely treated it like any other day - I didn't go to bed early the night before, did no special hydration, didn't dwell on my splits or feel the need to memorize the course in the preceding week. I didn't taper for it, didn't wear racing flats, didn't do the standard pre-race warmup routine. I just showed up, ran, and had a great time with my Purple…Continue
Added by Sean O'Day on July 12, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
It seemed like a brilliant idea at times, but mostly, the thought of 24 hours on the Incline scared me. A lot. More than the Inclinathon, more than the Stank, and more than any race I've done. But once a notion like this tickles my brain, there's some deep rooted, personal obligation that requires me…Continue
Wednesday night racing at it’s finest. It was a great mid week race for us at the one and only Palmer Park. Conditions were ideal with cloud cover moving in right on target as we were gathering up the ranks and rolling to the start line. This week we had the pleasant surprise of the whole field taking off together at once. This is very cool and how we should always do it. As we took off in a stampeded up the start hill we all had the extra adrenalin rush of being around 40 charging riders…Continue
Added by Cameron Chambers on July 11, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
The highlight of the second leg of the Triple Crown of Running was passing teammate Sean O’Day. This was made possible by virtue of the new course for 2014 which involved an outer and Inner loop. I passed Sean at the merge point of the two loops as he was finishing up the inner or second loop, probably a good 25 minutes ahead of me. It didn’t take him but a few seconds to pass ME but nevertheless I reveled in my fleeting glory. It’s not every day that a plodder such as I gets to enjoy…Continue
Added by Bill Beagle on July 10, 2014 at 9:07pm — No Comments