Thank god for Nashville last week because this week back in Colorado couldn’t have been worse when it comes to getting ready for a hot weather race this upcoming Saturday. I did get a wonderful uphill run in as the ski area got the road up to Four Points plowed which gives a roughly four and a half mile uphill with approximately 2,500 feet of vertical (I did not run the entire way to Four Points). What I did notice this week was the importance of good sleep. We have a sick dog which means less sleep than normal and I felt terrible after my two straight days of running back in Colorado. The tail end of the week brought fresh snow so of course that meant skiing so I was able to get a decently long ski effort on Sunday.
Running – 24.7 miles with 2,621 feet of vertical (4:12)
Skiing – 8.9 miles with 4,534 feet of vertical (3:11)
This Saturday is the first race of the year. I feel good going into it even though I thought I would have more running miles under my belt heading into it. I am cautiously optimistic but am scared of the heat. I’ll just have to work on heat management (ice, ice, ice) and stay on top of any issues that pop up.
A visit to family in Tennessee meant a break from the cold and snow of Steamboat and a focus on running the trails. I will admit that I checked the summit web cam and felt like I was missing out viewing all of the snow that fell this past week.
The Southeast trails are certainly different. Roots, rocks, and loads of shorter, steeper uphills. The humidity and warmth were actually nice and good training for my first race in two weeks. The twenty mile run in Montgomery Bell State Park was a blast and I ran some challenging new trails in Percy Warner Park.
Running – 38.3 miles with 4,501 feet of vertical (7:14)
Skiing – 7.1 miles with 3,570 feet of vertical (2:!3)
I still feel behind in my running in where I thought I would be be distance-wise by the first week of May but one cannot control the weather. One negative I am noticing is my feet seem to be blistering pretty bad right now. I need to make some shoe changes over the next month to alleviate it. Hopefully I can use tape and anti-friction goo to help fix the problem for the 8 Hours of Hell and the training over the next couple weeks. Getting away from the humidity at home will likely help a little bit too.