06/09/2014 – Monday
When there’s blue skies, a sun high above, 100 degrees outside and you’re laying by a pool, it’s your duty to jump in and make sure the water is safe for every other guest.
06/10/2014 – Tuesday
4m hike, 1:51, 400′ – Zion National Park – Emerald Pools/Grotto.
3 hour travel day to Zion National Park capped with a little hike. Test out my new Black Diamond Ultra Distance z-poles. Super light. Super easy to deploy and break down. Super easy to store. Also got to test out my new Salomon Skin Pro 14+3 Set pack. Not a big fan of bladders, but it offers another option for when I need just a bit more storage for a longer full day run. Probably a tad too much room for a 50k, though perhaps a good option for a 50 miler…
06/11/2014 – Wednesday
AM – 8m hike, 3:46, 2100′ – Zion National Park – Observation Point.
PM – 2.5m hike, 0:56, 100′ – Zion National Park – Riverside Walk.
Observation Point is far less traveled than Angel’s Landing and provides a higher view of Zion. It also has more elevation gain and is a longer hike. The change in landscape from the bottom of the canyon to the top is quite different for not much elevation delta. Afterward descending and catching the park shuttle, we hiked the Riverside Walk which is less of a hike and more of a walk along a paved path that leads to the entry of The Narrows hike to test out the waters to see how cold it was in preparation for the next day.
06/12/2014 – Thursday
8.5m, 5:21, 300′ – Zion National Park – The Narrows.
A fantastic hike which literally is in the river for probably 85% of the time. Maybe not the best hike to do a few days before a 50k as we were basically walking over slippery bowling balls in a running river for 8.5 miles having to use trekking poles to maintain our balance, but it was incredible and I’d do it again.
06/13/2014 – Friday
Rest and travel day.
It’s a travel day to Bryce Canyon.
06/14/2014 – Saturday
32.5m, 6:45:32, 5400′ – Bryce Canyon 50k.
At 7,000-9,000 feet above sea level, it isn’t the highest I’ve ever ran, but it’s still 6,999-8,999 feet higher than I’m used to running in. Thankfully the temperature stayed relatively cool topping out around 75-80 degrees (f). Landscape is martian-like in parts and makes running relatively easy as I was so focused on the stopping to take photos or gawk at the scenery that I forgot I was even in a race part of the time. Approached the race as a glorified training run for most of the race, but 6+ hours is a long time to try to keep my competitive side in check and so I found myself pushing the last quarter of the race. Was happy with the result.
06/15/2014 – Sunday
7.5m, 1:47, 1700′ – Bryce Canyon National Park – Sunrise/Queens/Peek-A-Boo loop.
Strength run. It was early and a bit harder and a bit more elevation than I thought it would be, but much like the day before incredible landscape so I found myself stopping again to take photos. Ran out of time to make the run any longer. Plus we had to drive 5 hours back to Las Vegas to catch a plane back home.
Weekly hiking time: 11:55
Weekly hiking miles: 21.0
Weekly hiking vertical gain: 3,123′
Weekly running time: 8:27
Weekly running miles: 39.5
Weekly running vertical gain: 7,064′
Weekly total time on feet: 20:22
Weekly total miles: 60.5
Weekly total vertical gain: 10,187′
Not much running this week, but lots of hiking time, miles, and vert which made the weekly totals consistent with what I was trying to accomplish. On top of that, no cramping issues and no injuries and another 50k under my belt, so largely a successful week of running, hiking, and vacation.
This coming week should be another higher mileage week, then it’s taper time for my first big event of the year.