Monday, July 29, 2013

all is well

Yesterday (Sunday) wrapped up my last long run (28miles) before Leadville 100. I got in a big solid week of miles in prep for the last two events in Leadman. Aug 10th is the 100mile bike and Aug 17th I'll tackle the 100 miles run. I feel great and training has gone really good thanks to the program Patrick built for me. I'm sure I'll be cussing myself and Patrick at mile 75 of the run though.
This week was primarily two long runs (6.5hr, 5hr) and two long bikes (4hr, 5hr) much of my time was spent 10,000-14,000ft. On the longest day I chased Travis up Grays and Torreys (from 1-70) and then we did a quick drive to Jones Pass and knocked out another 13miles and 5k of vert. The guy is a freak.
RUN: 14hrs, 70ish miles , 14.5k of vertical
BIKE: 9hrs, 100ish miles, 12k of vertical
TOTAL: 23hrs

Gear Notes: Swiftwick socks all the way! amazing socks. Been putting in solid miles in the Pearl Izumi Emotion shoes and am very happy with them. Will probably rotate between the amazing Trail N2 (2 pairs) and a pair of M3 road ones. Will use the Ultimate Directions AK vest for hope pass and beyond. Planning to just start with 2 bottles for the first 40miles since there are enough aid stations. For my nutrition plan I am using primarily GU, water, EFS drink, and the occasional home made rice cake, Allen Lim style (scratch labs recipe).


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Leadman round #2 silver-rush suckerpunch

Round two has come and gone and I'm good. It was just a slight suckerpunch that came in the form of leaking air and flat tire.Hopefully i got my bad luck out of the way before the 100's start?? 

Silver rush 50 starts with a 100yard dash straight up hill. I started front row so i could stay out of harms way that may come in the form of an over zealous knucklehead racer. I just jogged up the hill at a steady pace but didn't spike my heart rate at all...I looked around and was 3rd person to the top...ha. Apparently most mountain bikers suck at running up hills.  Started pedaling let the fast guys go around me (about 10 dudes)....I settled into a solid rhythm and was cranking away wit Bob Africa (leadman)...after 10-15 minutes I rode away from him but knew he was gonna stay close. I felt pretty solid and was making sure to not go to hard and keep drinking. Caught a few more guys and was sitting in top 15 at turnaround in about 2:14. I grabbed 2 fresh bottles (thanks Dad!) and started the grind backup. My rear tire felt was. I burped it since the air was low (only 2nd time in my life burping tubeless)..I stopped and put air in, it seemed to hold and i started riding again. Lots of short hab sections coming back up and i was wishing for more longer hab cause my legs felt great hiking and was catching more dudes (apparently i have been running too much)..tire got soft again so i had to stop and put a tube in (5min lost)...Since I had a tube in the rear I elected to ride the rest of the downhills gingerly and careful not to pinch flat (more lost time) It was killing me as i can ride that stuff solid, but i knew a pinch flat would cost even more time...caught a couple guys on long road climb and 2 more in last mile. Finished 4:28. My goal was break 4:30, done, but couldn't help but be curious what my time would have been?. Grabbed some drinks with Dad, Trapper, Wade (adrenalin project dudes) at the local distillery. Stayed in BV and woke up at 4:30 to meet up with Travis Macy at Twin Lakes or HOPE PASS run training. We started up Hope Pass and got rained on up top. Travis headed back down to his camp/family and I continued down the backside towards Winfield (which will be mile 50 at 100mile run) I hiked/ran a fairly easy pace trying to replicate a do-able 100mile pace. Finished the round trip in 5:15 (with a couple stops for pics) 21.5 miles, about 7k of climbing and I felt great despite the 50miles in my legs from silver rush. Its amazing up there! ("my eyes have seen the glory")

Monday, July 8, 2013

training, leadman, gear...

I've been getting in some great training (thanks Patrick) since the Leadville Marathon. I backed up the marathon with 2 solid rides (Sun, Tue) of 3hrs and mostly climbing. Lots of 12-20min efforts just below threshold. I am def getting stronger with less effort. Wed after the Marathon I did a great 3.5hr run in middle of the day heat (about 20miles and 3,500ft). Friday (60min spin, 40min run)...and SAT knocked out a 4hr run (4k of vert, 22miles)...obviously a bit tired but feeling solid. On the 4th we hiked up to St Mary's glacier with the boys for Ryder's Birthday (extra hike miles!) and hung out.
(look at MAX powerhiking/running!)
GEAR NOTES: I've been seriously running through some shoes and have been trying to nail down what to wear for Leadville. I ran the Marathon in the Salomon S-Lab sense and its a great shoe but I don't feel it has enough cushion/padding for more than 50k (for me). I've been happy with the Saucony Peregrines, and Pearl Izumi N1...and have been doing a lot of my longer runs in the Saucony Kinvara but it lacks the traction for long off road runs. Lucky for me someone at Pearl Izumi sent me some of the Emotion N2 shoes and I tested them on a 5mile super tech/rough run, and then a 4hr mountain run with lots of vert. I was VERY impressed. I think I found the perfect shoe for Leadville (for me). Neutral, light, and flexible, but good cushion. Enough that they still felt cushy after 4hrs (my peregrine's, and Salomon's don't)...a couple more long sessions in these for peace of mind but I feel good about 100miles in these shoes. Pearl Izumi nailed it. I have also been using the Ultimate Directions AK vest for long runs. I usually prefer holding bottles and have been a fan of UD for a few years (I buy all of it)...but for Hope pass and when I need to carry more fuel this vest is sick! super light and no rubbing (even when shirtless)..easy to toss my shell and phone in back. Works perfect and I forget about it...and I feel good supporting a Colorado brand with serious badass dudes behind it.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Leadville trail marathon report

2013 Leadville Trail Marathon. 4:11 finish. 8th overall. 4th Leadman.

1st race in the Leadville series is done...Feels good to get this thing rolling, since I've been thinking about it way to much since Jan. I felt GOOD...I really enjoyed the race and sucked up as much energy and beauty as the altitude would allow. My plan was to run an even race and never push to hard. I kept it contained pretty well till we started climbing mosquito pass. I was sitting in 6th place and was feeling good with my run/hike mix. Hit the top in 2:14 (I think)....I just ran with a stopwatch mainly because my GPS is my phone and I haven't had a working HRM in 2 years. Took a nice spill coming down the pass (thanks to my handheld waterbottle for the cushion on impact). On the gradual climb after mile 17 I went through a small "dark" spot...recovered decently fast, and proceeded to nail my foot/toe hard on a rock...Jogged easy for a few minutes till it felt better...GOT passed by two dudes. Oh well (lots of racing to come) My stomach never felt great but my legs felt pretty strong the whole run. Loved having Becca and the boys at mile 10&16...and Max and Ryder where able cross finish line with me which was amazing. I have never done a 100mile I am a complete rookie when it comes to ultrarunning, but am really enjoying the journey and will definitely rely on my experience from longer races I have done (18-72hrs). I followed up on Sunday with a 2hr mtb ride to flush out the legs and everything feels pretty good. Time to this second big block of training underway.

I will say that I think Travis Macy will crush Leadman. Most people have no idea how strong he is and his years of endurance racing will only help him. Will be fun seeing how he does against the very stout record TIM set last year.