05/22/2017 – 05/28/2017
Peak week. It’s a misnomer really. I really should peak on RACE DAY. Whatever, I’ve got the “taper crazies” now. While last week should have been a slight incremental bump in training time/miles/vert, it really wasn’t. It ended up being more a maintain and actually ended up being slightly less than the week before that. But no problem, because if I’m reading this article right, the way I finished out my weeks 6-4 remaining before Bighorn, I’m going to either be an hour ahead of course record, miss a turn then just walk the last 7 miles in for a sub 24 hour buckle, finish a heartbreaking 6 seconds after the official cut off time, win the race while smiling the entire way, go on to finish 3rd at arguably the biggest ultra in the world (eventually at UTMB; um, yes please, I’ll go), or finally grow a mustache (but really, why?)
Seriously though, I was dialed in for this training week. I knew how much I wanted to run, how much I needed to run, and how I was going to make it all happen. And I did it without a hitch or a cramp or a low spot. My mental game was positive and I actually enjoyed most everything about the most mileage I’ve ever run in a week (104.9 miles), the most vert I’ve ever run (er, hiked) in a week (20,594′), the most time I’ve ever spent training in a week (23:23), and the longest number of consecutive days I’ve ever run (13).
I am in taper mode now for the next three weeks and finishing up the last two and half weeks of my six months of training. I am as ready as I’m ever going to be for Bighorn 100.
The hay is in the barn.
Questions to you:
• What is your “A” Race? Do you have more than one this year?
• What do you do to stave over the ‘taper tantrums’?
• What is your longest runstreak? Why did you decide to start? Why did it end?
05/15/2017 – 05/21/2017
On a last minute whim, I decided I couldn’t miss out on all the fun for the weekend, what with Kate volunteering and Mike running the Sun Mountain 50k so I joined in. Unlike last week when all I had planned was just long training runs, this week I added a three hour volunteer shift and a race that I didn’t really race, but kind of did (because how can you not?) I kept to the two a day training runs again this week although more by necessity than by design.
I can see the end of my training for Bighorn 100. It’s not this hill and it’s not the next hill, but it’s right over there and I can see it. It’ll be here before I know it. When it arrives, I’ll be ready to Buckeye up.
Questions to you:
• What is your favorite task when you volunteer at races?
• Have you ever signed up for a race the day of? What was the distance?
• What’s your local running store?
04/17/2017 – 04/23/2017
Hardly a good week of running if I look back at purely the accumulated stats, it was a great week if I think about how this plays into the bigger picture. Unlike last week when I was finishing off the listing remainder of whatever that respiratory thing was, this week I felt just fine and dandy albeit a bit nervous for the weekend race. But unlike three years ago, there were no shenanigans and no (amazing) footage of my demise. Nope. Not this year. This year I rocked the Yakima Skyline Rim 50k! Ok, maybe I didn’t rock it, but I didn’t end up on the ground under an emergency blanket and I even managed to make it the entire 50k all on my own, under my own power, without any cramping(!), and with a smile on my face. What a difference three years of collective experience makes.
Next week is the Tillamook Burn 50 miler in Oregon and I’ll tackle it with reservation and respect for the distance and elevation (just like I did for Yakima). 8 weeks until Bighorn 100 miler and 4 more big training weeks until it’s taper time.
Questions to you:
• Have you ever run a race more than once?
• What’s a good week of training look like for you?
• Have you ever made a video race report? Share it in the comments!
Can you handle 130km of burly Squamish goodness in just over twenty-four hours? The concept here is simple – race the 50 miler and 50 kilometer events on back-to-back days.
Seems simple enough, except that I’m undertrained and underprepared and a little anxious, but yeah, I’m running the Squamish 50/50 this weekend.
06/14/2014 – Bryce Canyon 50k – Bryce Canyon, Utah
A 50k race starting at 7,800 feet above sea level, slicing down through blood orange-red sandstone hoodoos before steadily climbing through an undulating 5,500 feet of crisp green pine groves, the Bryce Canyon 50k in southern central Utah is an understated race which should find some national coverage in the not too distant future.
The Bryce Canyon 50k is my fifth event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (06/14/2014) not so surprisingly in Bryce Canyon, Utah (although not in the National Park). While traversing the western cliff of the Paunsaugunt plateau and taking in the expansive view of the Dixie National Forest to the east, the course winds it’s way up 6000 feet of vertical gain through singletrack sand trails weaving past monumental and towering hoodoos and spires hovering between 7500 and 9000 feet above sea-level.
04/20/2014 – Yakima Skyline Rim 50k – Yakima, Washington
What has 31 miles of distance, 9,500 vertical feet of elevation ascent, high fives, congratulations, and pizza and beer afterwards as a reward? That would not be me. Wait, what? What has 26.8 miles of distance, 8,450 vertical feet of elevation ascent, full body cramping, strangers and sweepers stopping to make sure you aren’t dead, an aided 2 hour rescue by truck, and a DNF? Oh right, now that would be me, other wise known to the Race Director and all the volunteers who helped get me off the mountain as Runner 411 or “did you see that guy who was laying on the ground in the fetal position?” or “I heard that runner was unconscious.”
The Yakima Skyline Rim 50k is my second event of the year and takes place this coming Sunday (04/20/2014) in the Umatum Recreation Area up, down, over, and through the Yakima River Canyon in Washington. At around 9,500 vertical feet of elevation gain, this out and back 50k ridge course should be the hardest race I’ve attempted yet.
Let’s start with this – I’ve never run a race with 9,500 vertical feet of elevation gain. Actually, let’s take a step back – I’ve never even run that amount of elevation in a day. And actually, let’s take one more step backwards with both feet this time – I’ve never walked or ran 9,500 accumulated vertical feet in a week. So…I see no reason why this race shouldn’t go well. (Ah yes, double-negatives.)