Time flies when you're not racing. After a nice streak (for me) of days training, I hit a couple of blips with really bad weather (yeah, I know, meow) and an injured calf after pacing at NF50. I'm grateful I could still ride the bike.
From a ride with Gary Gellin last week:
I'm still plodding along in a sort of base phase, keeping the effort and duration of workouts fairly mundane. It seems to be doing what I had hoped, keeping me at a decent base fitness level and allowing me to recharge my lust for racing. I catch myself lingering on event websites, looking forward to spring. The most difficult thing about my complete commitment to Leadman is holding back from racing early in the year. I pulled my lottery spot from Miwok and haven't committed to any running race before the Leadman series kicks off with the marathon on June 29th. I have, however registered for MTB races, with the 12 hours of Temecula being the first one next month. No specific goals there, other than to ride further than 100 miles. Definitely looking forward to hanging out with Matt a bit and maybe get together with James Walsh for some beers and ultra talk.
In terms of training races, I'm looking at a 50k in Feb and Lake Sonoma 50 mile in April. Not certain I'll do either and will have to see how and if they fit into the training at that time.
Speaking of Leadman (again), my crew for the big races (100 mtb and 100 run) is coming together. I seem to have poached part of Brandon Fuller's crew, whom I've hung out with a couple times (WS100 and Leadville this year). Simplifying things, as I like to do, I'm hoping they can keep me from wasting 90 mins in aid stations like I did last year at Leadville. That would put my run last year at 19:30 without the dead air of mismanaged time.
Killer Leadman vid:
The riding is coming along really well. A month ago, my legs would burn out before I could even get my cardio rolling. They seem to have evened out somewhat now and certain times on certain climbs are getting faster under the same efforts. Climbing is (thankfully) my favorite thing currently. We hit trails in Santa Cruz on Sunday. Long drive but worth it.
God, this post is boring as shit.
The two running clinics on Jan 5th and 13th are filling in nicely. I can have up to 45 people for the Training for Ultra Distance Racing clinic at Sports Basement. The Hill Running clinic is a little more flexible but I like to keep it manageable, which seems to be around 30 people. Might want to register if you want in.
Borrowing a Go Pro cam from one of my athletes. You've been warned.
Some pics from the last week:
|Mill Valley as seen from half way up Mt Tam|
|Tanford on Tam|
|"There's deer poo in that water." -Tanford.|