30 January 2011
Back on the Ranch
Walker Ranch finds new ways each time I'm there to beat me like a sickly, horn rimmed bi-speckled, skinny nerd. The beating tool of choice is usually the weather with high winds, snow, rain, and/or sleet (Shaun referred to it today as the Bermuda Triangle). When she lures me in with hopes of good weather, the beating follows more of an incline nature. The loop is all uphill, like Escher Stairs. It lures you into a fast pace then knocks you down when it's too late to pace conservatively.
Shaun and I headed out to Walker today for redemption on our run there last week where we were treated to face-stinging wind and snow while Boulder proper basked in sun and warm temps. So, we over dressed this time. It was near perfect on the endless uphill loop, no wind, pleasant temps.
I did three laps in 1:12, 1:16, 1:14 with an extra out and back to retrieve discarded clothing to round out the run at 24 miles for me. One gel and 20 oz water for the entire run. Yes, I was hallucinating on the third lap. Shaun banged out two laps in impressive times, getting stronger each week!
So, my week was 74 miles in just 5 runs. 40 miles in the last 24 hours.