Week Summary: Jan 23 – 2901/30/2012
Mon-AM: 1:22, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down Third access. Boom, running. Ran the runnable terrain on this route (including to and from Chautauqua), which made for about 50min worth. Super exciting.
PM: 1:01, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down First Saddle. Biked to Gregory and was very disciplined about just hiking. Warm afternoon had me shirtless on the climb, though. Awesome, considering it’s January. Snappy 33min ascent.
Tue-AM: 1:22, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.
Same exact outing as yesterday morning, except the shin felt even better. Ran everything that is runnable. Patience, patience, PATIENCE! Acupuncture session with Allison Suddard.
PM: 1:09, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down First Saddle. Very nice evening; perfectly calm w/ lightly falling flakes. All hiking.
Wed-AM: 1:20, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.
The usual, up and down Third access. Really really good. My shin felt extremely close to 100% and the fresh pair of kicks (NB 1010s) had excellent stability and traction on the techiest terrain possible. I can’t express how good it feels to be running again.
PM: 1:15, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Took a fun new variation up to the First Saddle, scrambling the arete that leads out of Amphitheater and up to the First. Came out a little further east than I would’ve liked (right at the base of the backside of the First, so a touch high), but joined up with the standard path and then caught up to Gavin just below the NE ridge. Hiked to the top with him, but then hiked down solo as he was running down. Trying to stay smart.
Thu-AM: 1:18, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.
Up Amphi-Saddle Rock-Greenman and down First Saddle. Greenman above Saddle Rock is a freaking glacier right now. The ice is just ridiculous. All running, 35min up/18min down. Acupuncture with Allison Suddard.
PM: 1:18, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up First Arete and down First Saddle. Got a late start after chatting with Buzz at the trailhead (he was out biking, too), but it ended up being a really fun climb. Was caught by darkness on the way down so stumbled a bit coming down Amphitheater. All hiking.
Fri-AM: 1:31, 2900′ ~ Green Mt.
Up Skunk Ridge down First Flatironette. Nice as I was able to get this in right before it started dumping snow. Hit a cloud/snow line at ~7800′ heading up the Skunk Ridge but then it was snowing pretty much the whole descent. Running.
PM: 1:15, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up First Arete and down First Saddle. Fresh layer of snow made things pretty slow and the icy patches super treacherous. Truly magical evening on the summit with the sun setting behind swirling purple and pink mist; really wished I had the camera.
Sat-AM: 4:48, 5000′ ~ La Plata Peak
From Highway 82, I took the NW ridge to the summit and back the same way. A few hundred extra feet of vert from the bumps on the ridge. Total postholing endless drudgery through the trees (w/ snowshoes even!) was the only damper on an otherwise excellent day. 3:22 up, 1:26 down. On the way down I got in a bit of snowshoe running for the first time ever and found it to be way less awkward than I’d always assumed.
Sun-AM: 1:36, 2900′ ~ Green Mt.
Up Skunk Ridge and down 3rd access, mostly with Geoff after starting with a big group of others (Jenny, Scott, Jon, Krissy, Dan, Darcy). Shin felt good.
PM: 1:14, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down First Saddle in the dark (headlamp). Hiking.
Hours: 20h29min (~9hr running/11h30 hiking)
Ah, good news to report this week, the first in almost a month it seems. My shin started feeling good again last weekend and this week I was determined to not get over-excited with its seeming health. I’ve been in this position probably a half dozen times over the past year, but this past week I made the crucial difference of not increasing the running at all for the whole week, sticking to my usual 1:20-ish trip up and down Green from my doorstep each morning, and of reinstituting acupuncture into my plan of attack. Yesterday’s 14er involved less than 30min of actual running (most of which was on cushiony snow, no less), so despite the longer outing was still pretty tame on the shin, I think. This week I will look to maintain the discipline and not increase the running appreciably until at least next weekend when I’ll be back in L.A. and hope to enjoy another outing in the San Gabes.
This week’s positive progress gave me the confidence to finally post a racing schedule for the 2012 season. After only racing once in 2011, I’m extremely excited about the events I have lined up in 2012, especially the prospect of racing internationally multiple times. I’ve always identified deepest with the European style of mountain running (steep and techy), so May’s races are super inspiring for me. And how can one not be excited about visiting New Zealand?
Overall, I’m trying to diversify things a bit this year: different countries, a foray into shorter races (Mt. Washington and Pikes Peak), and maybe the gnarliest event in the sport (Hardrock). I may even still throw the Boston Marathon in there in April; I’ve always wanted to experience the most classic pavement session on the calendar. I’m most excited to finally be in a position, physically, where I feel confident allowing myself to realistically anticipate racing again.
|Alpenglow at the base of Green, Friday morning.|
|But a just-starting-to-snow cloud on the summit, #33.|
|A special sight for anyone who’s run the Leadville 100: 13,933′ Mt. Hope (left) and Twin Peaks/Rinker Peak near Twin Lakes (Hope Pass just barely out of frame on the left). On the way to La Plata Pk Saturday morning.|
Really looking forward to the new Sleigh Bells album on February 21st.