Monday, March 29, 2010

Week Ending March 28 (WS - 12 weeks)

Mon - Noon: 9 miles (2,200'). 1:24. Horsetooth/Audra/Southridge. Trails were pretty sloppy and slushy, but I timed a few splits for kicks at what was an easy/steady effort: home to HTH start (6:49), to Soderburg bench (5:20), to Falls/Spring Creek stairs (8:32), to Soderburg end (7:17), to Horsetooth trail (3:57), to Wathan (12:58), to Audra (3:11), to Southridge on Audra (5:06), to Southridge/hiking trail intersection (top) and down to Hiking trail/Soderburg intersection (13:57), to end of Overhill (8:05), home the long way (9:00).

PM: 7 miles (1,800'). 4:06 to Towers, 7:32 (11:39) to Stout, 9:30 (21:09) to upper Herrington, 9:59 (31:09) to Mill Creek, 5:38 (36:47) to top, 25:18 (1:02) down. Put in a slightly harder effort than normal on Towers and pushed a bit in the second half. The track was a mess of mud, snow and slop in places, but overall not bad. Looking forward to pushing out an FKT attempt when it all firms up, maybe next week. Six to seven minutes off today's effort seems like it would hurt, but it'll be a good read on speed and fitness. I feel kind of slow right now with all the miles and climbing, so I'm looking forward to sharpening the load when the trails dry after the incoming round of snain. Got a sweet 4-mile Towers loop picked out with a 1.5 mile (900') climb to Herrington and then 2.5 mile loop around and down on Sawmill/Valley. Five climb intervals for a 20-mile outing and approx 5k climbing.

Tues - Noon: 9 miles (2,200'). Trails still pretty slushy. Got going at the start of what would turn out to be a pretty big storm. By the time I started thinking about a second run, there was already a good six to seven inches on the ground and I quickly decided better of it.

Weds - Noon: 12 miles (1,000'). Milner, 6 steady on redstone. Long way home.
PM: 6 miles steady on bike paths.

Thurs - Noon: 4.5 miles (700'). Mini Falls Loop. Horsetooth Falls were running strong after the heavy snow two days ago, I on the other hand was not. Legs super heavy to the point that I bagged a planned trip up Horsetooth in favor of a little rest with this weekend's 50k in mind.

PM: 7 miles easy on the bike paths with members of the Fort Collins Trail Runners.

Fri - Noon: 6.5 miles (1,500'). Easy trip up Horsetooth. Felt decent. Still way drifty up high and slushy everywhere else.

Sat - AM: 32.5 miles (4,000'). Antelope Island 50k.

Sun - AM: 4 miles on random desert trails.
PM: 3 miles on random desert trails.

Total: 100.5 (13,500')

Another solid week.

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