Sunday, August 15, 2010

Week Ending August 15

Mon - 6 miles (500'). Easy on valley trails.

Tues - 5.5 miles (1,000'). Social run at Reservoir Ridge with FCTR.

Weds - 6 miles (500')
. Easy again on valley trails.

Thurs - Noon: 3.5 miles easy
on valley trails.
PM: 7 miles (1,700') Towers hard. 30:04. Went out conservatively and never really caught up the time. Ended up working really hard on the second half and came away with nothing to show for it. Windy on the second half and of course hot. Not exactly a confidence boost for Pikes, but then I had an even suckier Towers TT the week before States, so I'm not sweating it. Splits with PR splits in parentheses: Towers turn: 2:57 (2:49), Stout: 8:49 (8:30), Loggers: 13:27, Herrington: 16:35 (16:25), Top 30:04 (29:27).

Fri - 6 miles easy (500'). Valley trails.

Sat - 4 miles. Rat Race 5k.

Sun - 11 miles steady (1,900'). 1:39. Loop of Bobcat Ridge.

Total: 49 miles (6,100')

Kind of a ho-hum week. Not really feeling that rested yet, and some blah harder efforts on Thursday and Saturday.

Will go super easy this next week before heading out to Colorado Springs with the family on Friday after work. Up the mountain Saturday morning to watch the Ascent unfold, and then some hanging out until Sunday morning.

The plan on race day is to go out easy from the gun, uncorking the run gradually to Barr Camp, before unleashing the dogs of war from there to the top and back down. Or, an entirely possible - even probable - alternative is to get caught up in the adrenaline fueled sprint through town, hammer the W's, bomb the flats and then blow up at A-Frame.


  1. 2010 is already in the bag for the Clark fanclub. This is just icing on top. Have fun.

  2. Good show on the 5k, and funny writeup.
    Don't beat yourself up too much over Towers: first, there are a few dozen of us that can do the job for you, as we'd gladly take a 30:04! =) But more importantly, it's tougher without someone on your shoulder as in your PR effort; and even more importantly, weather/conditions definitely make a difference. It's physiologically phoolish for us to pretend that heat (and wind) don't make a difference. That is, your times are likely close enough that you're "within the noise" of your PR fitness.

    And Towers isn't Pike's, so if you wanted something extra for Pike's, what you've got since WS is more time at elevation (specificity): Longs, Speedgoat, RMNP, etc.

    OK, pep talk over. Go get it!

  3. Damn...with that last sentence, you just nailed my PPA strategy from last year. It worked perfectly. Missed my goal by six minutes. I'm hoping I learned something. We shall see...

    Good luck on Sunday!

  4. Thanks, Brandon. Just be sure you're done by the time I start running on Sunday!

    Yeah, Mike, all valid points. I just like to complain and dream that I should be setting new PRs every time I get out and run hard.

    See you out there Jim, and good luck the day before!