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Training Log Archive: runninghils

In the 7 days ending May 17, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Adventure Race1 7:15:00 40.0(10:52) 64.37(6:45)
  Road Bike1 1:00:24 15.6(15.5/h) 25.11(24.9/h)
  Strength Training1 1:00:00
  Run1 1:00:00 6.2(9:41) 9.98(6:01)
  Total4 10:15:24 61.8 99.46

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Saturday May 17, 2014 #

Adventure Race race (RaidPulse) 7:15:00 [3] 40.0 mi (10:52 / mi)

Met my Untamed New England team for the first time and did the 8-hour RaidPulse. There was some strong competition at this one!

We started out on the boats. We had to start behind a line, and the top teams all started WAY behind the line as we were all planning to portage right off the bat so we lined up to jump out of our boats to portage. It was well worth it. We got the first checkpoint and were on our way to the first take-out in the lead! There were 4 checkpoints to get on foot, and we moved well and kept with the lead group. We got back to the canoes, grabbed one more off the boat and headed to the TA.

From there, we followed the flagging to CP4 on top of a huge hill on our way to the bikes. There were a lot of places where you had to be careful about getting cliffed out. In fact, one racer separated her shoulder on the first trek when she fell trying to get down a steep hill/cliff. The bike included a lot of really muddy trails. I really broke in my new bike shoes with the mud - they had a late thaw and there was some heavy rain the day before. We were supposed to cross a beaver dam to get to the TA, but we didn't hit it, so we just crossed the marsh with our bikes, which was worth it to save time. I hadn't done that in a while, so I guess it was time for a good swamp crossing with the bike.

Next, we had 5 points on foot, which went smoothly. LOTS of climbing, which is good for me to practice for UNE. We ran when we could, but there was a lot off trail.

The last thing we had to do was get two more bike points and get back to the TA by 5:00 to be allowed to do the last 2. I assumed we had plenty of time, but it was slow going with a lot of bike pushing on steep/swampy trails to get the last two points. By the time we got back, it was 5:07, and we missed the cut-off and had to head straight to the finish. It was good enough for 4th overall for the two teams and first 2-person coed for Pascal and me. Woo! Second 2-person male for Yannick and Jean Francois. Cool. I enjoyed racing with these guys. I think we are going to have a great race at Untamed. Maybe I'll even learn French while I'm at it.

Thursday May 15, 2014 #


Ugh, so I was going to ride today, but I think I may have to skip it. I had put my road bike in the laundry room temporarily, forgot about it, and when I was trying to walk past it, got caught up, couldn't escape... and i had some momentum, so I couldn't stop. BAM! Fell hard on my left knee directly on the tile floor. I almost passed out and my hearing was all muffled.. I had to go lay out on the furniture in the garage for 5 minutes or something. Walking around, it seemed OK - not broken or anything, but it is starting to hurt more, so I think I'm going to rest it. BOO! This sucker better be better by Saturday.

Tuesday May 13, 2014 #

Run (Treadmill hills) 1:00:00 [3] 6.2 mi (9:41 / mi)

10 min warm-up
3 min @6%, 7 mph
4 min "downhill" at -2%, 6 mph
3 min @6%, 7 mph
5 min recovery
10 min steady at 6 mph. Started at 4%, increased to 5% for last 3.5 min.
5 min recovery
3 min climb - started at 6%, 7 mph, dropped to 5% 6.9 mph because I was having a hard time holding it
4 min downhill recovery
3 min 5%, 6.9 mph
10 min recovery

So many people on treadmills today. Weird. First run in the Cascadias, and they felt good. Warm, but comfortable and no blisters.
6 AM

Strength Training 1:00:00 [3]

Strength: Back squat 3x5

Workout: 3 rounds for time
Run 400m
20 pull-ups (red band)
50 squats
Time: 14:01 (I win!)

Accessory: High box jump (24") every 0:15 for 16 rounds

There was a full rainbow outside when I left. Cool!

Monday May 12, 2014 #

Road Bike (recovery) 1:00:24 [3] 15.6 mi (15.5 mph)

Rarest of the rare occurrences today - No wind!!! Unbelievable. Thought I might get relegated to the trainer due to thunderstorms as I was leaving work today, but I held off and managed an 8 pm ride after things cleared up and the roads got dried out.
About at the halfway point, a Jeep passed me and then slowed way down in the left lane. A creeper? Someone looking for directions (probably)? No, Wayne. HI! He said something to me, I think about a race. I didn't quite hear so I just yelled "Yeah!" and waved my arm around.
Hammies a bit tight, but overall felt good. Great night for a ride.

Sunday May 11, 2014 #


I determined that I need to better protect my feet after spearing my shoe on Saturday. I LOVE the lightweight/minimal trail shoes because I don't get blisters with them, and they are fine for a sprint race, but my feet are always sore after a 24-hour in them. So, there is a bit of a blister/foot protection trade off issue. I tried on two shoes at REI on my way home today. I really liked how the Merrels felt - light and flexible. But they didn't seem like they'd have as much protection as I think I should have for longer races such as UNE. So, I ended up buying the Brooks, which felt good too. They just felt really overbuilt compared to what I'm used to. Like the lady at REI said... I just may have to get used to a regular running shoe again.

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