The Bender, Week 4: the final throw-down
Monday & Tuesday
rested up after another big weekend in the PB
6 miles, 1:10,+800′ vert. Perch #60. sarah and duder joined me for a pleasant evening jaunt up to the usual spot. hung out for a few before a fast decent. put on the hoka cadillacs for this one to mix it up. legs felt peppy for both the ups and downs. great company too. i still love this route, even though i’ve done it close to 300 times in the last three years.
Was going to run the Bacon Strip but was still feeling exhausted. I thought better of pushing it in favor of (hopefully) more energy this weekend.
11 miles, 2:30, +850′ vert. LT100 course, Start to Turquoise Lake. drove up to leadville this morning with bro and ran the beginning section of the course to turquoise lake and back. pouring rain and some really close lightning, but otherwise an enjoyable and informative outing. started the ‘pacers weekend’ off right. two and a half days of running and camping to finish out my training.
26 miles, 7:15, +4500′ vert. got up early and ran miles 50 through 60 (Winfield to Twin Lakes) with Bro and Stubbs, then Twin Lakes to the Fish Hatchery with Jay and Jeff. Awesome day. the twin lakes/creek/swamp crossing was a bit of a (wet) mess but the section overall went great. Jay and Jeff met us in TL to cover the next section (Jay’s pacing section), which includes a very long, straight (boring?) descent toward Half Pipe and the FH. started feeling a dull-then-sharper pain on the outside of my right foot. Definitely never felt a foot pain like that before–quite concerning considering this is my last major training week (stress fracture?! plantar fascitis?! what the hell?!). I tried my best not to panic (fail…) and walked/jogged the last few miles of pavement to fish hatchery. See how it feels tomorrow…
11 miles, 2:30, +1400′ vert. fish hatchery to may queen, LT100 course. last real day of training for the race. foot was feeling a bit better (though the pain is still present) after using jeff’s roller ball on it last night. started the section off slow (and tired, and sore) but warmed-up nicely while ascending the powerline climb with jeff. so appreciative of his knowledge and wisdom surrounding this event! felt really solid the last 3/4 of the outing and shaved about 20 minutes off my time from last week. feeling pretty well, if not a bit tired, and ready for the Great Tapering to begin. excellent weekend!
54 foot miles, 13.5 hours, +7550′ vert. Last big week of training for the Leadville 100. Still seems strange that it’s almost August. Overall I’m feeling pretty good about this year’s training–sure, I could’ve done some more core stuff or speed training but considering I have no serious injuries to report, and I’m feeling pretty strong, I’ll take it. Will it be enough come race day?? I don’t know. But I’ll have a good shot. The LT100 has a 50% finish rate. Yep, half the people heading west on 6th street at 4am on August 16th will not make it to the finish. What’s more, rookies have a much smaller chance–something like 35%. That being said, I’m not feeling deterred. If I start slow, stay steady, can climb Hope Pass as if being chased by a ravenous grizzly, and employ the stubborn resolve that’s got me this far–I should have a chance. But for now…time to rest.