Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 13th -19th

Solid run focused week.  Would have been closer to 85ish miles if the weather on Thursday and Friday would not have happened.  I skipped a 10 miler that was planned on Friday due to hail during lunch time and skipped the 2nd run on Thursday.  Did get in a solid run on Saturday doing the Rattler 50K down in Colorado Springs.  Just jogged it out with JT enjoying the day and catching up.  I could feel the volume of the week on my legs so this was good solid work. 

This week is supposed to be a bike focused week with my first ever mountain bike race on Saturday down in Castle Rock.  Needless to say I am a little freaked out about it.  Good to get this freaked out feeling out of the way before the start of Leadman I guess.  Not sure outside of the race how many more miles on the bike I will be able to do this week due to work and life commitments happening this week but I will give it my best shot.  I was thinking 200 miles at first but I think that would be a huge stretch, just hope to be over 100-120 with some running and lifting mixed in.

Totals for this week.

Came across this blog post this week and thought it good stuff to keep in mind as we setup our training the last few months heading into race season.

These are the principles that I use to guide me on journey on the Functional Path:
# 1 Have a current accurate road map - Start with a plan, execute it, and evaluate it constantly
# 2 Think big picture - Build and rebuild the complete athlete
# 3 Fundamental movement skills must be mastered before specific sport skills can be acquired and advanced  training undertaken
# 4 Learn to use the ground - Build & rebuild the athlete from the ground up
# 5 Train the core as the center of the action
# 6 Train sport appropriate - You are what you train to be
# 7  Build a work capacity base appropriate for your sport
# 8  Train Linkage - Connect toenails to fingernails
# 9  Think Long-Term - Training is cumulative
# 10 The individual athlete is the focus - Recognize, train and rehab the individual

Photo credit Pikes Peak Sports

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Recovery" week... whatever

Not sure this was a real recovery week like it should have been.  Yes the overall mileage from both the bike and run are down but the overall time is only down 2ish hours from last week and the vertical is higher this week.  At least everything this week was at an easy pace with the exceptions of the climbs on Saturday's real mountain bike ride I did at Green Mountain in Lakewood.  Hard to keep the effort low when you are grinding up a steep rocky single track on a bike. 

Overview Hours/Mileage for the week (started tracking mobility/massage work also this week)

Changing the order of my weeks this next 4 week cycle making next week a run focused week since I have another 50K next week down in Colorado Springs, Rattler 50K.  The only goal of the week is to do more run mileage than the last run focused week which was 3 weeks ago in Moab with 60 miles of running and 70 miles of cycling.  This week should be lighter than that on the bike but hopefully heavier on the run.

Mountain biking on Green Mountain in Lakewood

Summit of Green Mountain in Boulder

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

March 30th- April 5th Training

Solid week of balance training with a lot of it coming on the weekend.   The kiddo was in the hospital half the week with a C-Diff infection and this made the week way more challenging to try and balance "life".  He is slowly recovering but lost about 11% of his 110 pound body weight, getting down to 97 pounds and looks like a starving child from Africa but at least he is eating again now and went back to school for the first time yesterday (Monday) in almost 3 weeks, progress that Ashley and I are very happy about.  Now we just need to keep working on rebuilding his gut flora health and get some muscle and weight back on him slowly.

Anyways, last week's "balance" training.  Most of the vertical was done on the weekend, with a 4K trail run on Saturday (double Mesa trail crossing) and 5K ride on Sunday, with him in the hospital vertical during the week was not possible.  Also started tracking mobility work in the log but not sure I will keep doing that or not.

This week I have marked as a "recovery" week but not really sure what that is going to mean and what I should do.  Getting into the groove of turning out 16-19 hour weeks has been fun and cutting that back to what?  That is what I am trying to figure out.   I have a fear that by cutting it back to far I will get lazy and will struggle getting back into this groove that I am currently in.  Yesterday was not a good start to a "recovery" week.  I had yesterday off work so I hit up a 8.5 mile 3K trail run in the Boulder hills followed directly by a Crossfit workout, that is not a recovery day.  I guess I will play it by ear all week.  In my mind I think going easy the rest of the work week (Tues-Fri) and then get back to a long run and ride over the weekend?  Or so I cut the volume on the weekend also?  First world problems.

Lot of truth in this.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Numbers

Solid month.  I'll take it.  Next month going to try and shoot for 250 miles running and 400 biking, just keep slowly increasing it.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Red Dirt Fun.

Solid week.

This week was a run focused week with my original goal to be to jump my mileage over 70 for the first time this year but with the Behind the Rocks 50k at the end of the week it did not quite work out that way.  As the week went on I kind of started running a little less in order not to be too tired for the race on Saturday.  I figured since this is my first ultra of the year I wanted to not go in wasted by volume to badly so I cut my planned 10 miler the day before the race and went MTB in Moab instead getting in over a my head a little which was really fun even though I did endo over the handle bars and sprained both of my wrists, good thing I was wearing a pack on Saturday and not using hand bottles.  Anyways here is the break down for this week.  Nice mileage and vertical.

MTB in Moab on Friday-- really need to plan a trip next year where the whole focus of the week is just riding.

Saturday was the longest run I have done year to date.  Behind the Rocks 50K.  Not going to get into a full race report mostly because I am unmotivated to type it all out tonight but basically it went great until about mile 27 when the heat became to much for me, 85 degrees and being in direct sunlight just killed me.  Started puking and quit sweating which is never a good sign so I just walked it in dumping water from one of my bottles over my head the whole time, still ended with a 6:04 which I am ok with.  Now I just need to find another 50K for April.  I think doing one of these a month the next few months will really help the build up to Leadman.