Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bolder Boulder 10K

So this race is exactly 2 weeks after Quadrock where I rolled my ankle pretty bad, so I had no real goals in mind.  The week after Quadrock I covered a total of 20 miles and took 4 days off.  The week of the race was much better, around 50ish miles but all of the miles were just light jogging on a smooth surface which meant roads or smooth trails.  I was not able to do my normal vertical and effort.  Oh well...

Race morning I felt good, got up early to eat my normal eggs and toast before hand and drove off to Boulder to get in a warmup.

After about 4 miles of jogging around it was time to line up where I ran into JV and followed him to the front of the corral to the A wave.  Yes I did steal some of the photos below, it is just retarded that they want $20 a photo.  If they had any common sense they would sell them for $1-2 bucks a piece for a download.  They would make so much more $, hell I would have bought all of them they had of me (about 12 of them).  Take that times 40,000 plus people and that is some serious coin.

Still enjoying the morning.

 Photo stolen

I did not wear my HR monitor, my plan was just to run as evenly as possible at a hard effort with the goal of breaking 40 mins which meant trying to keep my pace under 6:28 per mile.  I honestly did not think I would be able to do this.  I was looking at my watch to keep up my pace throughout the race.

In the pain cave now!

  Photo stolen

 Photo stolen

 As I hit the final hill into the stadium I looked down at my watch to be totally shocked at the total time!  Up to this point I was only watching my pace and had not looked at my total time yet.  I had over 3:00 to cover the last 0.2 or so miles to be under 40 mins!  YES!!!  Final time 38:42:62, a new PR in the 10K for me!  Here are how the splits broke down, pretty damn even effort if I must say so myself.  You can see the hill from mile 3 to 4 in the mile 4 pace though.  My Strava data is over here which measured the course long, that is most likely due to me going around people and not cutting the corners correctly.

This effort earned me one of these babies which I will wear proudly.

 So a few days later yes I am still sore from this effort, especially in the hamstrings.  The rest of the week will just be jogging around on smooth surfaces at an easy pace to let the soreness work itself out and let the ankle heal a little more.  Next up is Dirty Thirty 12 miler 5 days after the Bolder Boulder on June 1st.  I did drop down from the 50k due to my ankle not being very stable on rocky trails yet but do plan on racing the 12 miler.  I did not want to risk my whole summer by doing the 50K and setting back the ankle.  Should be an interesting month with quite a few races.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Quadrock 25 miler- FAIL

Just realized that I did not post a race report for the Quadrock 25 miler.

The short and only version I am going to take the time to put up is that I got hurt at mile 17 and had to hobble out about 2 miles to the last aid station to drop.  The run was going great up to the point that I was bombing down a double wide trail at about 6:30ish pace when I stepped on a rock wrong and flipped my right ankle over to the outside and went tumbling down the hill.

At that point I made a homemade cane and limped out.  Photo by Mike Hodges who hiked up the trail to check on me and keep me company on my 1 hour/ 1.5 mile hobble out.  Thanks Mike!

When I got home I crawled into bed for a short nap and I woke up to this.

At which point I could not walk on it anymore so Ashley made me go to the ER to get an xray.

 No break THANK GOD!  I just tore the ligaments that connect the 2 bones that I circled in the xray.  So that meant crutches for a few days, lots of ice, and some PT work which I am still doing 2 weeks later.

"Are you ok daddy?"

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Big Beaver Brewery

On my way home after today's blow out at Quadrock 25 miler I needed some pain meds to deal with my injury.

So I got me one of these.

This is one of my top 5 breweries.  They have some good brews there and were letting us sample everything.  More on the race and injury in a later post.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Breweries Visited

After seeing this guy brag on Facebook about all the breweries he has visited I thought I could match it.  Guess not, after going through the list it seems I like to visit the same ones over and over.  I really thought I had been to more of them.  Anyways with that said I started a page that is linked above to start tracking them.  Hopefully I can push this list closer to 50 by the end of the year.

And of course the best brewery out there!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Header Photo.

Not sure if you noticed or not but yesterday I changed the photo at the top of my blog to this awesome photo.    Yes that is the Boulder Hills that we all love so dearly.

This photo was taken by my buddy Rob Timko.  If you need any photos taken he also has a studio in his place or can work outside.  You can see some of his work on his blog by clicking here.  You can also contact him through Facebook here.

Here are a couple of photos he took from his blog and Facebook.

His wife

Top of Hope Pass

Views on the Boulder trails

The man himself

Monday, May 6, 2013

Kohl 5K

Had a much better race than I expected at the Kohl Elementary 5K this past weekend.  I was curious where my speed fitness was before the Bolder Boulder later this month.  With GZ pushing me I was able to hit a new PR of 18:31.  Thanks GZ!  You can see his longer report here.

My whole approach to this race was to try and run by heart rate.  Keeping it between 170-175 the first 2 miles and ignore it the last 1.1 miles.  This approach seems to work good for me for the 5K distance.  I am not sure how I am going to approach the 10K yet.  Maybe 165-170?

Anyways here is the breakdown according to Garmin Connect.

Friday, May 3, 2013

First Tracks

I got first tracks heading up towards Shadow Canyon from South Mesa Trailhead on my lunch run yesterday.  Just plan ass beautiful out !

5 miles and 1010ft of gain in 48:20, slow but steady.  This is becoming my favorite lunch run even though I can not go quite as far due to the 10 min drive to and from the trailhead from work.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

1st American Mount Everest Summit

It was 50 years ago today that an American stood on the summit of Everest.  This 1963 Life magazine is one of my prized things that I have.  I also have the 1953 Life magazine from the 1st ever Everest summit.  They are a great read,  I am willing to loan them out for good beer.

Progress... Finally!!!

Finally a normal training month where I actually felt like I make some progress with my fitness!! I hit all of my goals but one which I am going to blame on all the crazy snow that we have gotten in the month of April.  Here is how the goals panned out for April.

1.  Get back to normal training with a goal of ~250 miles & ~40K of vertical this month. Complete!

2.  Hit the weight room at least 2 times a week.  Complete!

3.  Do one 14er.  Fail!!  Weather was bad up high on the only days I had open.

4.  Do at least one race of any distance. Complete!  Cheyenne Mt 25K.

5.  At least 2- 20 mile runs this month.  Complete!  And they had shit ton of vertical, see here & here.

6.  2-3 weekly afternoon walk breaks at work. 1-3 miles each depending on my workload that day.  Complete!

Anyways here are the numbers for April (click on the photo to enlarge):

So with that said here are my goals for May.  Pretty much the same as April to keep building up so I can drag JT's ass around the Hardrock course.

1.   ~250 miles and ~40K of vertical this month.

2.  Hit the weight room at least 2 times a week.

3.  Do one 14er.

4.  Do at least one race of any distance.

5.  At least 2- 20 mile runs this month.

6.  2-3 weekly afternoon walk breaks at work. 1-3 miles each depending on my workload that day.

I am signed up for 2 races in May already, Quad Rock 25 miler and Bolder Boulder.  I may add in more, I am finding they help with my motivation to get out there and train with a purpose instead of just jogging along.

Keeping it short today, time to get out and go for a short lunch run in what I hope is our last snow storm of the year for the front range.