Monday, February 28, 2011

Nice little TT for comparison

After a good 8 week build, averaging 15,280' of vert per week the last 4 weeks, I decided to look a little less at vert this week and do some faster running on rolling terrain that allows for much faster running. I went back to one of my favorite out/back trails this morning, a trail that I used to run alot a year ago. Today would be an Easy run out and a Tempo on the way back. There's 675' of climbing on the way out and 625' of climbing on the way back. When I had done this in the past an easy out effort would be about 49/50 minutes and a hard effort coming back would be 44/45 minutes, with my best being 44 flat. Going back through my blog I noticed I had my fastest time ever on this out/back almost exactly a year ago 2/27/10, 47:43/44:17 = 1:32:00. Today I'd be happy with 50 going out and 45/46 coming back. It took me a bit to get going this morning and even told myself I'd bag the Tempo coming back if I didn't feel better by the turn around. Within the first 30 minutes I'd see my HR was in the mid 130's going up some of the bumps and I was breathing like it was in the mid 150's. I thought for sure that this was not the day to be testing myself. Of course, what's been the usual the past few weeks was the usual again today, I was finally warmed up after about 35-40 minutes. Did the out portion in 48:32, well under 50:00 with an average HR of 128. Once I got moving on the back Tempo I started feeling really good and went 41:22 with an average HR of 146!! WTF's up with that? That's a good 2:30 faster than anything I've done on that trail before for a total time of 1:29:55. Needless to say I'm quite happy with where I'm at right now.

6 comments:

  1. Nice, Rick. You should get yourself back out to CO this spring for one of the 2011 Front Range TTs.

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  2. Thanks Nick!
    I'm pretty sure I'll be heading out in mid-June for Mt. Evans. I wouldn't mind looking for another excuse to get out there for a Front Range TT though, Round Mtn. was perfect last year.

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  3. And it's early in the year. Solid!

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  4. I was definately suprised. I didn't know what I had ran on it last year and after the run was thinking "Last year I must've gone under :40, there's no way I'm running faster right now." I think running everyday has just been huge for me. Been thinking of why that might be and will probably do a post on that this week as well.

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  5. Good stuff. Monster mid-fielder fitness which says beware those with a ball.

    Keep doing what you're doing.

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  6. Thanks Matt. Yea, I'm playing from 18 to 18, controlling that whole area!

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