Not the week I was looking for. A couple rest days to prep for a push on a Pemi Loop that backfired but salvaged the week with a hard effort at the Cranmore Hill Climb and forced myself to get back out the door. One thing is for certain, I'm lacking motivation on roads and gravitating towards trails again - great for the mind but bad for speed. Next week I have a Presi Traverse (two?), Fun Run (Tempo), and track workout planned. We'll see how the legs feel!
Tuesday: OFF (4th of July)
Wednesday: PEMI LOOP - blew up hard on this effort. Combination of going out beyond my current fitness and the warm temps lit me up early. I had trouble early and wasn't able to find any relief after the ascent up Flume. By the time I hit Haystack I was toast and had thoughts of bailing down to Greenleaf to get more water and retrace my steps. It was such a nice day out though that I forced myself to continue on, for better or worse. Things were OK until the climb up N. Twin where I felt completely shredded - in the sun with no breeze on that climb. The legs were trashed and running the remaining 14 miles was incredibly challenging (walked most of it). It was aggressive to run hard just a week after doing my first big mountain run of the summer and the heat was tough. Testing the limits and learning along the way.
Friday: 50 mins bike.
Saturday: Hike (10mi / 3,200') Resolution & Stairs. Doing some scouting for a bigger traverse on the Davis path. I hadn't hiked these peaks in 25 years! Definitely had zero memory of the summits and just remember that it was part of an overnight hike involving Isolation and we hiked out Jericho Road.
Sunday: AM - Cranmore Hill Climb, PM - Bike (1:16). Honestly, I would have skipped out on the race if it wasn't a Tribute to Jim Soroka. He was an incredible person, training partner, and continues to motivate me to keep getting after it. The legs were flat but that doesn't really matter for an uphill race. I was slow on the flats and didn't push it but held steady on the actual climb. Ended up 2nd behind a speedy Tim Livingston.