Mon - Off
Tues - 8 miles (1,550ft). 1:15. Audra/Falls/Horsetooth route. Took it very easy on the downhills, and things felt decent.
Weds - 8 miles (1,550ft). 1:14. As Tuesday.
Thurs - 8 miles (1,550ft). 1:12. As Wednesday. Felt good in the early going, so decided I would take a stab at my Horsetooth Trail record of 8:55. This stretch of trail is about 1.1 miles with approx 700 feet of vertical; so a good climb. Anyway, I rocketed out of the gun off Soderburg and got into oxygen debt early. Kept pushing in most places, and got up to the Southridge turn-off in 8:21, for a 34 second PR versus my time from December. Although I felt maxed out at the end, there were places where I eased on the climb due to a lack of mental toughness. I want to be able to do this in under eight minutes by April. Nonetheless, an encouraging PR.
Fri - 10.5 miles (2,000ft). 1:37
Sat - 16 miles (3,500ft). 2:35. Bobcat Ridge. Valley to Power Line up to D.R Trail and back down to Valley. Across to Ginny and up to Power Line. Back down to Valley and car.
Sun -- 6 miles (1,600ft). Hiked up to Horsetooth Rock with Dana and Brad, with Alistair on my back. Turned out to be quite a workout with the 30 pounds of extra weight, especially coming back down. A beautiful day, and fun to share the trails with my family. Alistair's new phrase for the day was "all the way to the top!" Easy for him to say.
Total: 50.5 running and 6 hiking (11,600 vertical).
A second relatively easy week. Will be looking to ramp up the mileage into the 70-80 mile zone over the next two weeks as I get ready for the Salida Marathon.