Week Summary: Feb 6 – 1202/12/2012
Up Flagstaff Rd to Green West Ridge, down First Saddle. Shin felt really quite solid on the uphill road surface–the snow has obviously been some unwanted stress for it. Much of the 1.5mi or so between the top of Flagstaff Rd and the Green summit was hiking on poorly-packed trail. Acupuncture with Allison.
PM: 1:42, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.
Up 3rd Access and down First Saddle. This was a wallow-session breaking trail up the mountain in snowshoes. Took longer than I’d expected (~1:05 ascent from Chautauqua), so I had to hurry on the downhill more than I wanted to so I wouldn’t be late for the Unbreakable screening at the Dairy Center, which the shin didn’t seem very happy about (the hurrying, that is).
Up ASG and down First Saddle. Ended up running everything today despite being uncertain about the shin. Trail is finally setting up nicely into a mostly solid packed trench. Descended fairly quickly with Gavin (who was doing seven laps today to celebrate his birthday) in ~16min. Super jealous; really wish my shin could handle a whole day of doing laps on Green.
Up and down First Saddle. Another few more inches of fresh snow this morning relegated me to a hike on the uphill, which was fine. Shin still feels frustratingly uncertain when running. Incredibly scenic morning on the mountain with inversion clouds, frost and fresh snow on all the trees, and a bluebird sky higher on the mountain. Really wish I’d brought the camera this morning.
Up ASG down First Saddle. Shin seemed OK on the run to the trails and the Kahtoola Crampons really seemed to help a lot with a stable foot push-off when running the packed trails uphill. The crampons’ super-aggressive grip took some getting used to on the downhill, though; definitely no sliding or “floating”. Another inversion day that had me in a t-shirt and gloveless on the mountain but freezing in a jacket down in town.
A weird week in that 12 hours, ~74mi and 25k’ of vert hardly even felt like training. I guess an extra 8hrs and 10-15k’ of vert makes a difference. Hopefully not inflicting those extras on my shin this past week saved me from overdoing things and I’ll be able to start adding back in more consistent evening sessions on the mountain again this coming week. This week was almost all running, though. About two hours or so of it weren’t running. I’d still like to regain the confidence I had in the shin last weekend in L.A., and that will be my primary objective this week. It was amazing to be able to run without worry or concern (it’s something you sense almost innately in your stride), even if just for a few days. Continued acupuncture, strengthening exercises, more stable running surfaces, and reasonable training loads will hopefully get me there.
|Upper Greenman trail early in the week.|
|Hazy and cold down low Sunday morning.|
|Sunny and warm on the summit.|