Week of November 7 - 13

Ramped Up.

Seven hours biking, 17k+ vert hiking / skiing, and overall a ton of activity this week. Numbers aside, it was a beautiful week to be outside as we transition into winter. The diminishing sunlight hours haven't been an issue as I don't mind hiking out in the dark and the bike trainer is surprisingly tolerable. My body feels the work and is responding well. This is what my training will more or less look like for the next few weeks - bike every other day for 1.5hrs+ and hike/run/ski those other days and focus on stacking vert. On top of these numbers I also got in an hour of yoga and dryland. 

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Week of May 23 - 29

Run Mode.

Northern view from summit of Mount Chocorua.

With the door on the 15/16 ski season finally shut, and a bike race & triathlon behind me, I'm just now able to focus 100% on running. Last summer I focused on triathlon and ultra training which definitely hurt my running. Wait, isn's ultra training "running"? Depends how you train - I focused only on distance and skipped a lot of the speed/tempo training. The local weekly fun runs helped a little but I strayed from the speed / temp / long run format and focused only on miles that were generally long and slow. The quality of my runs was also compromised with the addition of swimming and biking. This summer I'm working on consistency with quality workouts and less junk miles. I'll also still be biking and swimming throughout the summer as cross-training but always secondary to my run workouts. 

This week I was able to jump up from 43 miles to 67 miles. This included a decent track workout, a lot of vert, and a bunch of junk miles split up into multiple 5-mile runs. I was focused on mileage but next week I'm looking to consolidate my running to a track workout on Tuesday, tempo on Thursday, and long run on Saturday or Sunday.  Less than two weeks until my next race. Been a while since I ran a 10k race!

In addition to the running, I also got in a bike ride, short swim, and a hike up / run down Chocorua. Check out the video below.

Run: 67.2 mi | 5,436' | 9hr 14min
Bike: 20.4 mi | 1hr 4min
Hike: 8.3 mi | 2,900' | 2hr50min
Swim: 15min | 0.6mi

Chocorua Mountain Run

The weather was so nice today that I had to get a hike in and lately I've been into sunset hikes then coming back down with a headlamp. Chocorua is the closest objective around with any substantial gain. 

But - before hiking I still wanted to get my work in so I did an out and back to the Silver Lake Post office. My pace goal was just sub 7s and go from there. The way out was decent, mostly downhill though. On the return I slowed a bit and was starting to feel the pace. The good news is that my legs are regaining stamina but I'd really like to be holding a faster clip. 

Hilary was back from work by the time I got home. We left the house a little late after scrambling for items to bring. I opted for my better (heavier) camera set up with a tripod plus 2L of water, and some food. I forgot my jacket which would later limit our time on the summit. Starting on the 3.8 mile Piper Trail, we only had 1 hour 20 minutes before the official 18:16 sunset but we wanted the golden hour and start our hike which turned into a run. We left the trailhead at 4:52 and ran/power hiked up in 1:15 which was solid given my tired legs and extra weight. 

It was gorgeous up there but also windy and cold. Not having a jacket really limited my time up there and by 18:40 I had to get out of there. We pulled out the headlamps at the intersection with Champney Falls trail and continued our run down. That trail is so well maintained that the last two miles feel like they are wheel chair accessible. Hope to get more of these hikes in when the foliage starts to pop.  

Sunset between Whiteface and Passaconaway.

Squall's 3rd summit bid.

Watching the colors pop - Chocorua sunset over the Sandwich Range.