This week saw a lot of consistent times out, with less rest days, as I start ramping up for my race on the 5th of April!
3/17/14 – Night time ride up Flagstaff
Starting the week off with an “easy” nighttime ride
1/18/14 – Sanitas Clockwise (PR)
Another lunch time sprint up and down Sanitas – better’d my time from last week, which is nice and was basically able to run the entire way up, which is awesome.
After work, I rode up Lee Hill Road for the first time in forever. Missed my turn to make it a loop and found myself on top of a hill with only one not saying, “Dead End”: the way I came. Fairly chilling going down
1/19/14 Nightime on Green
Another night time activity – this time summiting Green. Some hilarious falls on some bulletproof ice – I’ve got the wounds to prove it.
Right after the run, I did another ride up Flaggstaff to the ampitheatre. Good times. Nice to be able to double-up something like that, so late at night, when you think the day might have been a writeoff.
1/20 – Boulder – Denver
Rode to Denver, from Boulder, using my usual route not through the mountains. Talked to my mates at Salvagetti about getting a new bike. Stay tuned. Only one small hill on the way, did alright.
1/22 – Sanitas, Flagstaff, Green
Managed to forget to lock my bike at Chautauqua (I mean, really: who does that?) and ran a good mile before I figured out that my pack was feeling a little heavier than usual, and it wasn’t just my head. Was trying on purpose to run this one slow, to see if that gave me some energy to keep going to Bear and Sobo, after Green. Ha, nope. One theory is that I wasn’t having the best day, another is that the weather (snow, freezing rain) just wasn’t helping making it happen. Another is that I fearing running out of food. But probably I was just tired and going slow wasn’t working for me. The jaunt to Sanitas from Chautauqua is like, an actual run, where you cover distance, and not just up and down, which is most likely what tired me out. I should probably run for distance one of these days, it could help things. Observe how lumpy my condition is.
Hoped this day was going to be a Skyline Traverse, but, oh well. My variation wasn’t going to be much of a traverse, but more a linkup of all 4 mountains, by first descending to what feels like a natural starting point, rather than taking the saddle from say, Green to Bear and then Bear to Sobo – the latter is just 300 feet of elevation gain, instead of close to 2,000 you get, by starting on the Mesa Trail. It’s a tidy little linkup and not to be taken too lightly. I certainly didn’t get it happenin’!
Along with this, managed to hit up the climbing gym(s) 3x, Mon/Wed/Fri and both my climbing partner and I tagged a 5.11b. Small victories, I guess. Friday was a bouldering session – seems as if I could do every single V4 problem – sometimes racin’ up them, but couldn’t make much headway on anything V5 or over. Hopefully, that’s not my wall.
Above is one of those projects that took me half a day to stumble up, and then I could walk up to it, and polish it off – looks so simple on video, but it was so hard to make those slopers work for me. Always a weird feeling.
Week total on my feet: 28.4 miles, 10,902 feet
Week total on the bike: 69.6 miles, 6,712 feet
Week total on the walls: 3x