Dec 30 – Jan 501/06/2014
Mon-AM: 2:04, 3000′ ~ Green
Up Bear Canyon and down Gregory-Ranger. Feeling pretty sluggish this morning, so I skipped Bear Peak and just jogged up the canyon instead.
Tue-AM: 2:11, 4500′ ~ Bear & Green
Did the usual loop, and it was super-warm out, probably upper-50s. Legs weren’t as responsive as I would’ve liked, though, and the weather was hot enough to make me feel dehydrated and worked by the end.
PM: Climbing, at Movement.
Wed-AM: 2:19, 4500′ ~ Bear & Green
Finally felt good on this run. My new apartment is a minute or two further from Chautauqua, making for the slower time, but I had a blast on this run, zipping up and down the vert instead of the usual slog.
PM: 0:54, 700′ ~ Sunshine Canyon
Easy out and back at dusk with Dan Kraft. Good to catch up.
Thu-AM: 2:19, 4500′ ~ Bear & Green
Up Fern and back over Green. Pretty tired today, probably need an easy day.
PM: Climbing, at Movement.
Fri-AM: 2:25, 4500′ ~ Bear & Green
Usual loop up and over the two bumps. Trails a bit icy in spots, but mostly manageable. Gorgeous shirt-sleeves weather, but blustery on top of Bear. That should all change by tomorrow, though, with some fresh snow.
Sat-AM: :34, 500′ ~ Streets
Sometimes you just need a rest. Suited up and ran up to Chautauqua in the on-going snowstorm, but after just a few minutes of slogging up the hill I could tell my legs had nothing. I’ve been tired all week; it wasn’t a hard choice to take a break.
Sun-AM: 1:57, 3200′ ~ Green
Rest can do you good. After a bunch of sleep, I felt a lot better this morning; lots of fresh snow with more falling down meant it was a low-intensity day, though.
This week was a good reminder that you can’t skip any steps in the return to fitness. The previous week I had put in a serious bump in volume and this week I could feel myself needing to recover from that even though my mind wanted to be doing more. No worries, there’s plenty of time; I just need to stay healthy and focus on doing sustainable training. This winter’s schizophrenic weather continued this week. Highs close to +60F during the week gave way to single digit temps and close to a foot of fresh snow this weekend. It’s all good, though; I love the variety.
Seeing that 2013 is over, I suppose a little industrial tallying is expected: I spent 799h45min in the mountains, during which I ascended 1,257,850′. Last year (2012) I had 5hr less volume but 160k’ more vertical. I suspect this was because less of that vert was amassed on as technical routes as those I tackled in 2013 (both in terms of technical footing (talus, etc.) and technical climbing/scrambling (both roped and unroped on both snow and rock). I’m not going to count up exactly how many days I missed but there was at the very least a month’s worth for injury (a nagging hip niggle last winter and then my UTMB-induced troubles this fall) and then more than another month’s worth for general fatigue/end-of-season-rest, also this fall. Of course, in 2014, I’d love to implement more discipline and smarts to keep that time off due to only fatigue-related issues, not injury.