Back to the streak and why I've found myself here. It's about the effort. Last week I threw on the HRM just to (hopefully) confirm that I was accurate in my feeling that I'd been holding under 130 HR for my (damn slow) runs. 117 avg with a spike one time of 134 when cresting a climb at 9,400 ft. Avg pace... 9:11/mi. Ouch. Of course, I have to take into account the climb in that 7.1 mile run (1,100 ft climb) and the altitude, 8625-9425 ft. The benefit of holding the HR (effort) down like this is that I can run every day and feel fresh. How long will the streak last? I don't really care and will likely take a day off when I don't feel like getting out there.
Another interesting thing is the connection between cycling fitness and running fitness. Over 3+ months I'd gotten myself in pretty sharp cycling shape. It seems like that would translate into good running fitness. Nope. The efficiency and strength I've built on the MTB has resulted to: 1. a different body build (especially a different shape in my leg muscles' structure) and 2. efficiency and strength on the bike...go figure.
The first week back to running (with quite a bit of fast hiking to keep the effort in check) was humbling. One of my athletes came up to visit me from Castle Rock and we ran a rather challenging (for me) 14.3 mile, 2:45 run tickling 10,000 ft elevation, post-holing at times, and I found myself holding both of us back to keep the effort in range. Thankfully, he understands the benefits of aerobic foundation and seemed happy enough with my granny gear effort, even though he's past the base stage and into some solid key workouts. He's crushing PRs on his normal runs and is set up perfectly for a sub 3 hr (sub 2:50, actually) at Boston.
April and May will see some heavy racing: something like 286 miles on the MTB and 131 miles of running raced over 45 days between April 13-May 27, including the Zion 100 Run, which I've had my eye on since last year. At first glance, it looks overdone in terms of training for the goal of the Leadman Series. Nope. Aside from the MTB races on April 13-14 (about 40 miles total), all the racing will be aerobic effort. Also, usually by that time of year, I've raced a lot (8 times last year). This year...? zero. I've flipped my training upside down this year with the intention of shifting my peak back by 1.5 months, or, specifically, to peak the week of August 10-17. I get a chill and rush of adrenaline just mentioning it.
Picked up some photos from the race photographer at Temecula 12hr. And a few other recent shots thrown in for posterity.
|Tan surprising himself with a great ride in Temecula.|
|La Sportiva Helios ready for action.|
|Daily training playground.|
|Footfeathers HQ and Kitchen (and bike shop).|
|Pippit's got good taste in beer.|
|Benefit of living in a town of 400 people in the mtns - everyone looks like this.|