Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stepping it up!

Well... first things first. Yesterday morning and 1130 am I pulled the trigger and registered for Wave 1 of the Pikes Peak Ascent! So stoked. After my early season peak in May my training will focus towards this race. I am really looking forward to the training, the race, toeing the line with some good people (Beth, Jon, JP, Kevin?), and watching others (GZ, Justin) crush the full marathon the Sunday after.... and of course the post race festivies & beers (I am counting on GZ for an epic home brew post race)!



That's the big news. Other than that training is going really well this week. I have entered the first of my two build phases leading up to my A races on 5/2 & 5/9. This means it's time to add some serious intensity to my training. I have done some already on the run with the track workouts the past couple of weeks and just little on the bike in the races the past couple of weekends but now it's time to step it up a notch more regularly in training. These are definitely my favorite training phases for sure.

It's kind of a race phase too. I don't think there is really any better way (for me at least) to train for the intensity of racing without doing some lower priority races and really throwing down. So that's what I will do again this weekend at the St. Patty's day 10k. This will be the third year in row that I have done the race. Last year I finished 3rd overall with a 33:56. I am not sure what I am really capable of this year. I am not sure where I am at after not running for a 6 week span in December and January due to my foot injury. That being said... the track workouts have been going really well and I have felt better/faster each week. So I will show up Saturday morning ready to see what I have in my legs. Hopefully I can hang near the front and the fast guys can drag me to a new PR on the course... if not... no worries. They have a killer beer garden afterwards!

Since I am racing on Saturday I backed up two big days this week so I can have two mellower days towards the end of the week. I had solid track workout early tuesday morning with some solid mile repeats. I was able to hit 5:24, 5:25, and 5:18 for the miles and I felt like I was in cruise control. Then my ride yesterday morning on the trails was solid. It included 6 x 3 min Vo2/race pace efforts on 2 min recoveries followed up by some shorter max effort sprints. I was stoked with the way the workout went... I mean it hurt but not as bad as expected. I am already looking forward to another hard session like this next week. I finished up yesterday with solid 6.16 mile trail run with the lululemon crew. good times.

The loop we ran last night is one I mapped out for the girls (and guys) at lululemon and it's 90% on trails... and right from the shop (see map below). We'll be running the same route every Wednesday evening at 6pm for the next several of weeks so come out and run. It's a great crew and a good time.... and there's always a group down for happy hour afterwareds.



For more info on the route click here.

One last thing... Saturday is National Chip day (my favorite snack)! So rip open a bag and crack a beer... i know I'm going to!

That's it...

12 comments:

Justin Mock said...

National Chip Day...you just missed National Cereal Day on 3/7.

Carolina John said...

Pike's Peak? holy crap, that's really strong even for you. good luck on that one bro. Have fun at the race sunday!

Luke said...

dude...i am stoked you are going to hit that up in CO springs!! you are going to rock it out there!

Pedal Circles said...

Ridiculous! Sounds pretty awesome... er, if you like to run up a really big mountain ;)

GZ said...

All rightie then ... I will get the PPA Celebration Zack Rabbit Ale going here soon. Maybe two batches.

Hope the weather is as good as this: http://www.skyrunner.com/story/2008a2.htm

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

Mmmm!

Beergardens and lululemon happy hours! Are still rolling in may :D

Zippy said...

Quite the epic season you're setting up! See you Saturday ;)

FatDad said...

I'm stoked for you. That's what I call taking it to the next level!

Maggs said...

You'll have so much fun doing the Ascent. It was my first ever race.

And thanks for the heads up on Chip day. I've got a bag of lime tostitos and and avocado for guacamole set aside.

Matt said...

JW, BG and GZ in the CO doing the Ascent and tippin' homey's homemade ale? What a blast!

Let's go for a run, dude.

j.p. patrick said...

Looking forward to the PPA and seeing the SD crew represent!! ...and GZ's brew!

Zach said...

Dude - nice work on those mile repeats. I'm guessing you will beat your time from last year in the 10k. Good luck tomorrow!