Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Week Ending June 16

Mon - 8 miles (1,900') easy. Horsetooth North summit (85). Got out under a legitimately hot sun and felt good enough. Should be comfortable working in the 90s by Western States time, I'm hoping.

Tues - 11 miles (1,600') steady. Early morning loop of Bobcat with Mike and Danny. Worked the climb a bit, easy on the ridge and descent and then a pick-up for the last mile and a bit on the valley.

Weds - 8 miles (1,900') easy. Horsetooth North. Hot again, but good breeze kept things comfortable; same breeze that was destroying homes down south in the Colorado Springs-area Black Forest Fire unfortunately.

Thurs - AM: 11 miles (1,200') easy. Nice casual Indian Summer loop on Blue Sky with Sarah. Nice to have a good mist in the air.
PM: 9.5 miles (1,900') hills hard. Committed to a hard effort on Towers, but came up a bit short on the PR that I thought might be in the cards. Just didn't have the will to take it to that place when things started hurtingt. Splits were 2:55 to Towers Rd, 8:45 to Stout, 16:45 to Herrington & 29:45 to the top. Ran out of drive by the Carey Springs grunter, but happy to get up under 30 and to be less than 30 seconds off a PR in warm conditions.

Fri - Noon: 7.5 miles (1,900') easy. Nice easy cruise up Horsetooth in the midday sun. Felt good in the heat.

Sat - AM: 16 miles (4,400') easy. Triple Horsetooth (90). Did each of the three summit teeth via Southridge, Rock and Wathan. The summit was ridiculously busy all three times up, but had south and center to myself.

Sun - Noon: 13 miles (1,200') easy. To Redstone 3 mile with Milner loop. Picked things up a bit coming back on Redstone to get the run over with. I really wasn't much into running today. Mind was in total taper mode with many other things to get done at home. 13 miles all of a sudden seemed like an impossibly long way.

Total: 84 miles (17,200')

This was a predictably blah week. Legs were a bit off and my mind was already on taper vacation and just not that interested in running. I'll cut things down again this week, probably not running much more than 50 miles. Off to Toronto for work as I write this and not back until late Friday, so 50 miles might even be a stretch. In Leadville over the weekend, so there'll be some mileage there I guess. Just waiting for the fresh-leg magic of taper-week three right now. Out to Squaw with Stefanovic Tuesday night.


  1. Good job, Nick...get the rest you need and hit it hard at WS. We'll also be in Leadville this weekend, maybe see you there to pour down a few.

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