As I expected, my training was complicated by heavy snow. I tried some
different approaches to working out and these paid off. It was a pretty solid,
if flat, week.
12 hours, 18 minutes
1348 ft D+
Monday I went for a nice steady slog on the unplowed Spring Creek bike path. On
the morning after a typical snowstorm, Parks would have cleared the path before
I got out of bed. But this was not the typical storm. We had 20" of heavy snow.
The rate of trail clearing must have been at least four times less than usual.
Monday morning on the bike path
Tuesday was the day I had planned to do some high-intensity intervals. Fast
paced running wasn't possible with so much snow, so I switched to skis.
I trotted up the still-unplowed Spring Creek trail carrying my basic
cross-country gear (Atomic wax-less classic skis and boots) and then charged
around the snow-covered grassy areas of a local park. To maximize the effort
I avoided other ski trails. There was no kick and glide, it was more like
bounding on skis. I had no trouble getting my heart rate above 90% of its
maximum and my arms got a serious workout as well.
By Wednesday the Parks Department was beginning to win the war against snow.
Foothills dirt trails remained impassable.
Wednesday morning on the bike path
Saturday I was out of compelling ideas for a long run. I wanted to do 25 miles
but wasn't sure where. And my left groin was a bit strained, making me unsure
about a long run far from home. Then I saw, on Strava, a local runner beginning
his own personal backyard ultra. The concept:
a loop 4-1/6 miles long which runners have an hour to complete, the next lap
beginning on the next hour. This struck me as the thing to do. I happen to have
such a loop that I run from my house, a turn around Colorado State's main
campus. I wouldn't need to carry any food or water, and I would never be more
than a two-mile walk from home if my leg gave out.
I did 7 laps and a little extra on the last to make my day's total an even 30
miles. I ran at a pace of just under 11 minutes per mile, which gave me almost
15 minutes between laps to eat, drink, stretch, and check my health care
provider's app to see if I had a vaccine appointment yet. I got to catch up
with my family at the kitchen aid station all day and got a bit sunburned on my
legs. The runner who gave
me the idea, Paul Nielsen, went on to run all night, 24 laps in all.
Today I went back out for a slow lap around southwest Fort Collins on the
Mason, Fossil Creek, and Spring Creek trails. 43 miles total for the weekend,
all on concrete paths, and all of them run, not walked. My legs, especially my
quads, are complaining. On a weekend of long outings in the hills, I would have hiked
at least a third of these miles. Maybe that's why I'm so sore.