Monthly Archives: September 2013

TU: Star Trek


Its been a pretty good week of running since finishing up the Huckleberry 100. First main workout this week were a 10X4 min with 3 @ 8:00 pace and 1 @ 7:45. Second workout was an eight mile hill session. Each of those went surprisingly well. Hills have definitely been feeling better with the increased running. And so far, no signs of injury. In between those, I have been putting my usual 4-5 mile recovery runs. About 40 miles total for the week.

I also finally “winterized” my bike by attaching it back to the trainer. I christened that with my go to ride on TrainerRoad, Goethe:

Liking the new TrainerRoad website.

Liking the new TrainerRoad website.

Not too shabby. But it was definitely like pedaling through molasses for the first interval. Cadence was way low. It will take some time to get the legs back up to speed.

As we you all know now, I have finally been reunited with my Garmin 910xt. So for this week’s long run, I was determined to get as far away from the track as possible. Of course, the duties of a family with 4 children are unrelenting, so I began today’s run at a crispy 4:50 am, a time I call the “red light district” thanks to the flashing light on my hip. It was about 42 degrees, but the cold didn’t matter much under the beauty of the half moon and the brilliant star filled sky. While it may be getting colder and darker these days, I am loving it as I get to enjoy running under the stars longer each weekend.

Pace was a little off at start. I also have noticed that my choice of socks really affects how my blister prone toes feel. I am going to have start investigating good running socks rather than just using whatever I can find at Target. So, with some sock adjustments and a few HEED sips, my pace overall was a little slower at 8:05. At least I was able to bring in the faster miles at the end. And to boot, I got done before anyone else was awake. Just me, a cup of coffee, a bagel, and my playstation.

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I think I can finally say I have reached that point when I actually feel I can show up for the marathon. Yes, I signed up long ago, but there are always those first few weeks when the uncertainty of training and injury keeps toeing the line a gamble. But, I think it’s time to make some hotel reservations. In other news, I am finally signed up for Ironman Boise 70.3. That one is on the back burner for now. Okay, back to stalking Ironman Lake Tahoe. BRRRRR!

Half Huckleberry 100

A beautiful day and road in Montana.

A beautiful day and road in Montana.

Just a quick update on training. Post epic weekend, things have been going pretty well. First couple of days of running after the racing was a little painful for certain, but I was still able to get all my workouts in on pace. The worse part about running this week is that I have been searching high and low for my Garmin 910xt for seven days. Without any good way to keep my pace, I have been putting all my workouts in on the track at the gym. 8 laps for 1 mile. This includes my 16 mile run yesterday.

Thats right. 128 laps. Indoors. KILL ME. At least I can say my pace was right on at 8:03.

For recovery, today I did a 50 mile ride courtesy of the Huckleberry 100. If you remember, I did this last year and had a miserable experience. I pretty much rode the entire way by myself. So today, I promised myself only fresh air and company. I joined up with a buddy from last week, and we took our time meandering through the Flathead Valley on likely the last warm day of the season. I don’t even know how long it took us. It was just great to get out. The event was pretty well organized again and the food was to die for. And yep, there was even free Huckleberry ice cream.

And to top things off, guess what I found in the back of said buddy’s truck?

TADA! I found it. I only wish I found it about 24 hours earlier.

TADA! I found it. I only wish I found it about 24 hours earlier.

I guess I can stop sleeping on the couch now. Especially now that I brewed some Grapefruit Honey Ale for the wife. MMMM.

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