Monday, June 4, 2012
I get what I deserve!
My running volume has been low the last 3-4 weeks. Much lower than I would have liked. SD100M will happen but grabbing the sub 24 hour buckle and continuing my long streak of big buckle collecting might come to an end. If I can't get it...well, I deserve it. I stacked my year so tight with running and MTB races I can't expect to lay down great consistent training. I am not at all disappointed though. I have spent a bulk of my running years sticking to strict well thought out plans and loved it. This year I have sort of let go of that because I am having so much damn fun! I love chasing the clock and seeing how well I can do so I will come back to that. For now, I am enjoying mixing things up and trying some new events.
Even though I have sort of been laid up I haven't been idle. I've been doing what I can with regards to runs and killing myself on the MTB. Trying to do good threshold work on the bike building more power since I lack there. With the exception of one decent Gorge run I have been forced onto roads or Lief since the ankle injury. I knew I couldn't risk another good twist and would gain very little pushing more limits. I have done some good solid efforts at the track. Trying to do my best as I coughed up crap and felt the massive tug in my system. Any of my other longer runs in this last bit were done on Lief, progression style. Trying to make the most of it. One of the runs was so horrible it really zapped my confidence. I just had to let things slide. I am going to try to and draw on the great Gorge training I did before Mac Forest. That will need to be my foundation for SD100M
On the MTB front I have done some awesome rides. Lots of relentless hill climbing chasing my rabbit friend Kristin. She is a great training partner! That girl can ride a MTB. She took 2nd overall in Cat 2 at Sister's Stampede in her first MTB race, first in her age group. Bill, Alex, Ryan and I ventured to Sisters for the Stampede too. Yes, Bill is back on the bike and this was his first ride. He decided to take the short course not knowing how his shoulder would hold up. It's still very sore and lacks a lot of strength and mobility. We all tore it up and had a blast! I got a 32 min. PR over last year and I was thrilled. Moving up in the pack. They have a 45+ div for men but not for woman. If they had I would have done very well!